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The Henry Ford, Dearborn

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The Henry Ford is a large indoor and outdoor museum complex featuring historical Americana. It is named after its founder, the automobile industrialist Henry Ford, who, in his own words, wanted to produce a record of "American life as lived." See John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine, a Wright flyer replica, the chair President Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated, the Rosa Parks bus, and more. Outside you can explore the Greenfield Village: over 100 historical buildings were moved here and arranged in a village setting to show how Americans have lived and worked since the founding of the country. Watch a craft demonstration, such as pottery or glassblowing. It is a good idea to buy tickets for the on-site IMAX theater in advance. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Dearborn holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the The Henry Ford and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Can never say enough about the museum. Such rich in history and never disappoints. Went to the Pixar exhibit this time and it was very informative and interesting. Every time is great!!!  more »
  • We went for the Pixar exhibit and had no idea how extensive and diverse the museum is. Other reviews will point you to the interesting attractions. Furniture, cars, mathematics, civil rights, farm equ...  more »
  • We had an excellent meal here, in a good relaxing atmosphere. All courses were made up of local products, with a French-Mediterranean accent. Another good thing was that we had a really excellent vint...  more »
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  • World-class museum with some of the most impressive American artifacts available anywhere. Combined with Greenfield Village, where many original American buildings have been painstakingly moved (the Wright Brothers bicycle shop, for example), this is probably one of the best American history museums in the world (and I grew up right outside of Washington DC). If you are going here more than once in a year, it's VERY worth-it to get a membership. One time when we joined they applied any tickets purchased toward your membership if purchased on the same day (no idea if they are still running this deal or not). And the last 2 times we joined they gave 2 free passes with no expiration date. A truly wonderful experience for young and old, and we'll work the price of admission, especially when coupled with a family membership.
  • This is an excellent museum. The exhibitions are laid out very well and also very informative. I was very impressed too with the museum staff: friendly, knowledgeable and eager to answer our questions. It was also easy to park. The insiders tour was worth the additional 15 dollars because we only had four in our group. If it had been 20 then I don't think it would be as informative or unique experience. We had lunch at the replica diner and the meatloaf dinner was delicious - quite a pleasant surprise. I definitely recommend a trip to this museum there are so many unexpected treasures, one wonders how the Ford's managed to get them for the collection. Lastly, don't just expect cars - there's so much more that we were in awe of. Overall an excellent experience!
  • A must see if you have never been. The museum is a treasure for us to have here in Michigan. The historical and unique aspects are wonderful. You can start with the old trains and stage coaches, them move on the the vehicles that made the world go round. There is a great display of presidential vehicles including the famous JFK limo. Go check out the bus from Montgomery where Rosa Parks took a stand, relive history by viewing Lincoln chair where he was assisnated. Lastly. The special exhibits keep it fresh and fun. Check it out and relive part of history!
  • I love this museum! I've been here several times and see something new every time. The Greenfield Village alone is worth the trip, it's so beautiful. Obviously there's tons of stuff for kids, but just as much to keep adults engaged too. It's a splurge but definitely give the Eagle tavern a try, the food is incredible and you feel like you're literally stepping back in time.
  • Great history for sure. What surprised me was the banquet options! My wife works for a company that chose The Henry Ford for their client appreciation party. The space was amazing! The food we even better! Service was above and beyond, and we had a great Saturday afternoon enjoying great food, drinks, and company. They do weddings also, take advantage!

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