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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 Ford is huge. We just visited the indoor portion and it bordered on overwhelming. It's a very straightforward place. It's not fancy. Dare I call it sincere? A place that appreciates history . Go i...  more »
  • The best place around to lose yourself and go back to a simpler time where all that mattered was your current day and survival.  more »
  • For anyone who loves cars and history is the perfect place! I spent several hours there and didn't see everything! I will be back as soon as I get a chance.
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  • Greenfield Village is a great historical experience. Henry Ford collected buildings from all over the world and recreated the town for us to learn and appreciate them. From his childhood home to Thomas Edison's lab to a Swiss chalet to working farms, it's all here in one place for you to enjoy. If you like history you'll love Greenfield Village. You will need a whole day to explore and learn about the significance of these structures. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. You can bring strollers and outside food and drinks, you can even have a picnic on the lush grasses. So bring the kids and get ready to be amazed!
  • Absolutely awesome, I loved going here and had a great time! Great for all ages plenty of activities and cool exhibits. Plus a ton of pressed penny machines and cool stencil like things all around. Absolutely great place to go with family to spend time, with all the amazing stuff you never need to use electronics except for photos. Also they have some really cool gifts in the shops, amazing ones that Ive never seen before. I just cant explain how much fun this was! Highly recommended, go early on a week day in the summer if possible so you get the whole museum to your self almost.
  • A fantastic place for the family but be prepared to spend a lot of time since there is so much to see and learn. I visited with the family and friends and we all enjoyed this great place which has plenty of parking and facilities. Do make sure to get a map at the door so you can check off your progress and find bathrooms. My only minor concern was the very expensive food at location which I understand helps with fund raising but nonetheless it seemed too much. I would recommend to shoe up with a full stomach and bring snacks in a cooler that you can keep in the car. Aside from that, it was a great experience.
  • If you are at all fascinated by innovation in technology or design, you will find something to capture your interest here. Everything we take for granted in our modern life is represented here, from agriculture to power generation, furniture to firearms, and so many others. Of course, motorized transportation is featured prominently. This place is a must-see when visiting Detroit. It would be easy to spend an entire weekend exploring the museum and Greenfield Village.
  • It’s a wonderful museum with great exhibits of beautiful cars, aircraft , locomotives and other inventions. We spent a whole day at the museum and the village but we were unable to cover everything there, it’s huge , interesting and a beautiful place. Kids enjoyed the village with a ride in the steam locomotive and the T model. The carousel is very nice and kids love it. Food is good. The glass making workshop was excellent, it was very interesting to watch the beautiful glass vases take shape . The glass exhibit from the 1700 to the most recent ones were exquisite. Staff were very helpful. Would definitely recommend a visit. Start early and visit the village before it is too hot to stay outdoors and you can visit the museum at noon when the day turns hotter.
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