What to Expect
Henry Ford was passionate about preserving history. In the 1920s, he created the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village with the vision of enabling future generations to understand great accomplishments of the past. Visitors should be prepared to spend several hours in the museum as it encompasses nearly nine acres, all indoors.
While some non-automotive exhibits reside within the museum, the primary display portrays the evolution of the automobile through the presentation “Automobile in American Life,” a look at how the automobile changed the fabric of America. The evolution of the automobile is shown through an evolving assembly line of cars, beginning with a vintage 1865 Roper Steam Carriage and ending with the first 1981 Ford Escort built. Other vehicles of importance include John F. Kennedy’s limousine, a 1948 Tucker, a custom Mercury built by George Barris and the Goldenrod, a record setting Bonneville streamliner. The museum also features a vintage diner, drive-in movie theater and an early Holiday Inn Motel room.
A special Rock Stars’ Cars and Guitars exhibit is at the Henry Ford Museum until September 7, 2009. The exhibit features twenty cars and fifty guitars from rock’s greatest legends, including Jimmy Vaughn, Metallica, Ted Nugent, ZZ Top and others. It is a must-see for hard rock and hot rod fans.
Adjacent to the museum is the Benson Ford Research Center (open Monday to Friday). The center has an unparalleled number of automotive books, catalogs and archival material available to the public. If you have extra time, you can visit Greenfield Village, where you can ride in a Model T Ford and see Thomas Edison’s laboratory and the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop. Visitors can also catch a bus from the museum to tour Ford’s Rouge factory.
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Hours of operation and admission
9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days a week
General admission $15.00
Free onsite parking
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