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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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  • The date of this review was actually over 5 years ago. The site only allowed going back a year. I was thinking about Museums we have visited before and the Henry Ford popped up in my mind and felt I.....  more
    The date of this review was actually over 5 years ago. The site only allowed going back a year. I was thinking about Museums we have visited before and the Henry Ford popped up in my mind and felt I.....  more »
  • I decided to take a weekend trip by myself. I'm the kind of guy who's into cars, science, machines and DIY, so when I discovered the Henry Ford when researching, I was intrigued. I drove the five... 
    I decided to take a weekend trip by myself. I'm the kind of guy who's into cars, science, machines and DIY, so when I discovered the Henry Ford when researching, I was intrigued. I drove the five...  more »
  • Seems a lot of people think the Henry Ford Museum is all about Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. It's not. There is so much American history in there it does indeed take a full day and then some....  more
    Seems a lot of people think the Henry Ford Museum is all about Henry Ford and the Ford Motor Company. It's not. There is so much American history in there it does indeed take a full day and then some....  more »
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  • They have everything. If it is your first time, I recommend both the museum and Greenfield Village. The village has restaurants and cafes for lunch. If you want the experience of dining in the 1800s, I recommend the Eagle Cafe, its pricey but worth it. They offer rides in the Ford Model T, the train, and some horse and buggies. Kids 4 and under are free :) Its a wonderful place to walk around and enjoy the historic houses. They also have a few shops you can buy old fashioned candies and hats and aprons. The staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable about the different histories. Definitely get a map before going in!
  • The Ford Museum, Factory and Village An incredible experience. We spent the entire day and didn’t see everything. The exhibits are vast and incredibly well done. I couldn’t believe the cars, trains, carriages, clocks, furniture-the list goes on. Seeing the assembly line in progress was very interesting-I’d love to know more on the logistics side. The staff is helpful and informative. Don’t miss Lincoln’s chair, Kennedy’s car, Rosa Park’s bus and the Edison light exhibit.
  • This is the perfect place to take visitors to the Detroit/Detroit Metro area who love history. I've been to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village (which is right next to the museum), many times. The village is much more hands on than the museum. It's an incredible place for children and adults to visit. They even have an amazing playground so that children can take a break from all that walking and just play awhile. The museum, on the other hand has incredible exhibits and IMAX movies. Their galleries contain important historical pieces such as the limousine that President John F. Kennedy was shot in and the Rosa Park's bus. I'd highly recommend both of them.
  • This museum was outstanding. Came to see the car collection and realized there is so much more than that. The collection of innovations are simply incredible. Recommend spending the weekend to see everything including the village and factory tour. Great for a family trip. Definitely do the private tour of the museum as it gives you a lot of great information and background on Henry Ford and the museum itself.
  • Everyone who visits Detroit or lives in the area, owe it to themselves to visit this beautiful museum at least once if possible! If you love learning about the history of our country, you will love it here! There are so many interesting things to see and do for all ages, you will need 2 days to properly see it all! It's not cheap, but they usually do have one day a year when admission is free! (I think that is coming up here in September?) Try to go somehow, you won't regret it!

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