The Henry Ford

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Ford history runs deep in Detroit! We heard about the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation (know simply as The Henry Ford) and adjoining Greenfield Village before we arrived in Michigan this summer, so we were excited to check them out last month with the kids. The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan, just a short twenty minute drive from Detroit. Dearborn is not only the hometown of Henry Ford, it’s where his estate and business operations are located.

From the time you walk through the entrance, which is a replica of Independence Hall, until you exit near the section on American agriculture, you can see that this is a unique museum. The most famous exhibits are the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, a Presidential motorcade section (including the one JFK was killed in), and Rosa Parks’ bus. Our kids appreciated that though some items are displayed in typical museum fashion, there are many interactive artifacts – you can actually sit on Rosa Parks’ bus!

IMG_1560Another favorite was this service station exhibit.

David and the kids building and test-flying paper airplanes.

Know before you go:

You’re going to want to spend some time at this museum! We packed a picnic lunch, but dining options are available inside. The prices at Lamy’s Diner looked reasonable and had we not been on our way out, I think it would have been something the kids and adults would have enjoyed.

If you’ve got littles, you’re going to want to bring a stroller. We walked several miles throughout the complex and were pleased with how stroller-friendly The Henry Ford was.

Admission can be pricey, especially with a lot of kids in tow. The Henry Ford offers combination tickets with Greenfield Village, which can save some money if you’re planning to visit both. It’s worth checking their site as well as the free D Discount pass for current promotions like buy one, get one 1/2 off. In November, the Henry Ford and two other attractions offer $5 day ($5 admission per person, per attraction) to commemorate Henry Ford paying his workers $5 a day back in 1914. Admission is free year-round to active duty military, and on Veteran’s Day is free to veterans and their families.

It was great to check out this museum we’d heard so much about. More on Greenfield Village in our next post!

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