Henry Ford Museum – Dearborn, Michigan

Henry Ford Museum.jpgHenry Ford Museum – Dearborn, Michigan

This is a museum to top most museums with a single floor facility with 40 ft ceilings which cover 9 acres dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of artifacts that pertain to the everyday life of all of us.

See the huge display of automobiles that have certainly changed the lives of all of our nation.  See their world-famous collection and witness the automobiles influence on the American way of life throughout the 20th century. You will be able to see the last care of the Model "T" series.  The company then moved on to the production of the Model "A".  The 4 cylinder, 22.5hp, 5 passenger touring car is marked with Engine NO 15,000,000.  Built in 1927 it is a sight to see.

The Tucker ’48 automobile is on display as one of the last attempts by an independent car maker to get into the high volume car business.  There were only 51 of these produced before the creator, Preston Tucker, passed away.  Made in 1948 this is quite a sight to see.

The Ford 999 Racer won the Manufacturer’s Challenge Cup in 1902.  The twin of the racer, called the "Arrow", and later renamed the "999" set the world speed record of 91.4 mph in 1904!  It was built by Henry Ford who was assisted by C. H. Wellis and E. S. Huff with the financial backing of Thomas Cooper.  Since there is no hood and sits on a wood chassis it is quite the site to see.  Imagine going over 90 mph in this!!  Built in 1902.

There are so many cars with so many stories to tell you will be enthralled.

See the Dymoxion House which was the vision of architect R. Buckminster Fuller.  You will be able to tour "the house of the future."  The house was designed to be the strongest, lightest and most cost effective ever built.  Built in 1946 it is truly a sight to see.

Heroes of the Sky presents a look at Early Flight of the first forty years of aviation.  Historic airplanes bring life to the lofty accomplishments of America’s pioneering aviators.

On display are also Presidential limousines used in the 20th century.  There is the limousine used by President Reagan which was made in 1972.  The president took refuge in this care to escape John Hinkley’s gunfire.  Going into service under President Nixon, it is also the car in which President Ford was riding when an attempt was made on his life.  This is the last presidential limousine that will be preserved, all presidential cars are now destroyed by the Secret Service for security reasons.

President Kennedy’s Limousine is also on display.  It is the car in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated that fateful day in Dallas, November 22, 1963.

You can also see Dwight D. Eisenhower’s "Bubbletop" which was specially built and used by 4 different Presidents.  It was first used by President Truman, then Eisenhower who had the plastic bubble top fitted over the tonneau.  Presidents Kennedy and Johnson also used the car as a spare until it was retired in 1967.  Built in 1950.

Franklin D. Roosevelt had the Sunshine Specila which was widely used prior to and during WWII to chauffeur him to countless public appearances.  Built in 1939.

Theodore Roosevelt Horse-drawn Brougham is also on display.  He used this on all official occasions.  Built in 1902.

Location: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
Directions: From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Blvd exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2 ½ miles from the exit on the corner of Village Rd and Oakwood Blvd

From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39), drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.

From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) South 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 miles. At the first stop light, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive 3/4 miles.

Open 7 days a week, 9:30am-5:00pm  The Henry Ford is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Greenfield Village: January 1-April 14: Closed for the Winter Season
April 15–November 2: Open 7 days a week, 9:30am-5:00pm
November 3 –December 28: Open Friday–Sunday, 9:30am-5:00pm
Ford Rouge Factory Tour: Open 9:30am–5:00pm, Monday–Saturday
Buses depart each half hour, 9:20am-3:00pm

The Museum is wheelchair-accessible, however due to the historic nature of the Village many of our buildings, strollers and wheelchairs cannot enter all buildings in the Village. We have both wheelchair and electric scooters available for rental on a first come first serve basis. We do not take advanced reservations of wheelchairs/scooters.  You are welcome to bring your own children’s strollers, small wagons, wheelchairs or electric scooters (carts) into all venues of The Henry Ford. This equipment is also available to rent on a first-come, first-served basis. Upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed. We also do not allow bicycles, tricycles, recreational scooters, in-line skates or roller skates of any kind.

Service animals are allowed with certain exceptions.

You are welcome to bring a small amount of food or beverage into The Henry Ford, however, we have many onsite vending, snack areas, and one of a kind restaurants to suit your needs. Outside alcohol is not allowed, but beer and wine are available for purchase daily and at many events.

The Ford Rouge Factory experience is comprised of a five-part tour which includes a driving tour of historic auto-related landmarks and behind-the-scenes of the Rouge complex; a look at the history of the Rouge through historic video footage; a virtual reality theatre experience; a walking tour of the factory’s "living roof"; and a walking tour above the actual final assembly area where Ford F-150s are made.  While we cannot guarantee you will see the assembly line in full operation, you will still be able to visit the assembly line area temporarily suspended in mid-operation. We will not be building vehicles during daily breaks, shift changes, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays and during the first two weeks of July. Either way, the tour offers unique experiences with full walking access above the factory assembly area.

The Henry Ford IMAX Theatre is the largest screen theatre in the region with 3D capability. We have the very latest in 2D / 3D film and sound technology. You simply have not seen and heard a giant screen film until you have seen and heard it here! We select films based on audience appeal and alignment to the mission of The Henry Ford, which means we do not select every IMAX (large screen format) film. Also, not every film is converted to IMAX (large screen format) and not every large screen format film is converted into 3D. These decisions are made by film companies and distributors and not independent IMAX theatres like The Henry Ford.

Admission: Museum and Village Combo: Adults: $30; Seniors (62+) and Military: $28; Youth (5-12) $22; Child 4 and under FREE
Museum alone: Adults: $14; Seniors and military: $13; Youth: $10; Child: free
Greenfield Village: Adults $20; Seniors and military: $19; Youth: $14; Child: Free
Ford Rouge Factory Tour: Adults: $14; Seniors and military: $13; Youth: $10 and child free
IMAX – Traditional length: Adults: $10; Seniors and military: $9; Youth: $8.50 and Child $8.50
IMAX – Feature Length: Adult: $11.75; Seniors and military: $10.75; Youth: $9.75 and Child $9.95 (children 4 and under are free to the Museum and Village. Children age 2 and under that do not require their own seat are free to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the IMAX theater.
Greenfield Village Unlimited Day Ride Pass: Adults: $10; Seniors and military: $10; Youth: $10 and Child Free.