If there is one place you MUST visit when you come to
Michigan, it is The Henry Ford Museum
. I thought it would be just like other
museums (which I love), but it was especially incredible! I found myself
shedding tears during the movie, in awe as we watched them assemble a real
truck, and drooling over the dreamy antiques and classic cars. If you have
never been, GO!
And, HUGE news...we will be giving away 4 tickets to the museum and discount advice TOMORROW, so be sure to come back!
A big thanks to Jennifer Singer
for the detailed write up and great images.
She shares tips and tricks to make the most of your Ford experience, and I added
a few of my favorites at the bottom of the article too! (all images by Jennifer Singer unless otherwise noted).
is a great way to explore American history and innovation as a
family. It’s huge, with room to roam and explore and a museum for kids and
adults of all ages. In fact, our almost 3 year old cries every time we have to
If you have a
little boy, start here! After you enter the museum, on the far right you will
see full sized trains inside the museum. Next to the trains, there is one of
the largest model train sets I have ever seen! If you are real enthusiasts, you will love chatting
with the knowledgeable staff. Behind the train set there is a large open area
with train and Lego tables set up for kids to play and explore…the perfect
place for a museum break!
. This exhibit is why people come to the
museum! Check out how America has been on the move from Henry Ford’s first
automobile to the eco-friendly Prius. You can study the old classics and enjoy
some recent favorites. Don’t miss the collection of race cars, which my son
exclaimed, “Are just like Lightening McQueen!” There is nothing quite like
viewing history front the front seat of a car.
HEROES OF THE SKY.
The 1939 Douglas DC-3 will catch your eye
as you walk into the museum, and you should take some time to check out the
large exhibit exploring the first 40 years of aviation history. You can even
see a contemporary reproduction of The Spirit of St. Louis, the plane Charles
Lindbergh took on the first nonstop flight from New York to Paris in 1927.
PRESIDENTIAL LIMOUSINES. Don’t leave without stopping to see
the limousine John F. Kennedy was riding in during the assassination and Theodore
Roosevelt’s horse-drawn carriage.
DRIVING AMERICA THE MOVIE.
This is a movie in the Driving America
theater (part of the Ford Rouge Factory Tour) that is so fantastic! I am usually one to skip the videos, but I was so
happy we stayed to watch this 13 minute one. The story of Henry Ford and the automobile
was so inspiring, I was glad my boys were watching. For me, this is a can’t
miss and you should watch it before touring the rest of the museum and factory...it makes it so much more meaningful. Highly recommended.
FORD ROUGE FACTORY TOUR.
This is an add-on to the regular
museum, but if you are only going once, you should spend the extra $15 and take
a tour of the Ford Factory. The children and adults in our group were completely fascinated
as we watched a real Ford truck being assembled. If you have engineers or car
enthusiasts in your group, stop here!
Other Items of Interest:
The chair Lincoln was assassinated in
The camp bed George Washington used
The actual bus Rosa Parks was in when she
refused to give up her seat
11946 Dymaxion House, designed by R. Buckminster
Open 7 days a week from 9:30am-5pm, closed on
Thanksgiving and Christmas. Rouge Factory Tour closed Sundays.
ADDRESS: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard Dearborn, MI (about a 40 minute drive from Ann Arbor)
*Admission to the Factory Tour is extra. They also offer memberships
ranging from individual to family, which give you access to both the museum and
Greenfield Village and discounts to other events and services. If you plan on attending the museum and the
Village more than once or twice as a family, then a membership is a great deal.
Parking is a $5 fee and will be added onto your
museum entrance. IMAX patrons and Members do not have to pay the parking fee.
You may bring your own food and drinks to the
museum. The museum also has three options for dining.
The Wienermobile Café
- serves hot dogs, chips, drinks and snacks in a cafeteria setting. Prices
range from $3 hot dogs to $11 combo meals. (Only open on F, Sat, Su from
– March 31st
, open daily from April 1st
old dining car located in the Drive America exhibit, serves hamburgers,
sandwiches, coffee and snacks. A Great way to experience some history!
Sandwiches and entrees range from $5-$7.50.
restaurant featuring regional cuisine in the form of salads, sandwiches,
hamburgers, entrees, pizza, dessert and drinks. All items are under $7.50 and
are served in a cafeteria style in a large dining room.
CHECK THE CALENDAR:
Always check the Henry Ford’s calendar of events
They always seem to be hosting something interesting!
*This is a great stroller-friendly museum. In fact, it is so
large, I would recommend bringing one if you have a short-legged companion!
*The best time to hit the museum is during the weekdays, as
the weekends and holidays tend to get busier. I took my toddler on a Monday
morning just after they opened and it was not busy at all even with a few large
school groups. Other days of the week have been crowded, though manageable, and
not too overwhelming.
*The Ford Museum hosts four FREE days, hosted by Target.
These days fall on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Labor Day and
Election Day. This is a great way to see the museum without having to pay the
high admission and parking fee. These days do tend to get crowded and you might
have to wait in short lines to view certain items. Though, to be honest, it’s such
a great deal that a little waiting won’t hurt!
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