The Henry Ford Museum

Toledo Time Travels  |  By Tedd Long  |  10/03/2019 9:00 am

For anyone interested in Americana, few places in our area offer the breadth and bounty of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. You don't have to be into cars to enjoy this museum, there are collections and interactive exhibits for anyone interested in the American story including a fascinating assemblage of American inventions. For the history buff, there are a few items you cannot see anywhere else, including the chair Abraham Lincoln sat in when he was assassinated and the limo in which John F. Kennedy was shot. I can't tell you how many times I've visited the Henry Ford Museum but I can tell you I've never been bored or disappointed. The massive building occupies nine acres and includes exhibits on agriculture, the automobile, freedom, timepieces, home appliances, jewelry, presidential limousines, and more. Although the place documents history far and wide, you might want to try one of their themed itineraries for a more directed focus during your visit. Worried you've visited previously and you'll see the same ol' same ol'? Forget about it! The temporary exhibits are always timely and engaging.

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Plan Your Visit

What: Henry Ford Museum

Where: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124?5029; 313-982-6001

Hours: Open 7 days a week, 9:30 am to 5:00 pm

For the Kids: Our grandkids have enjoyed many trips to the Henry Ford Museum. They offer programming and exhibits designed for preschool age kids through high school. Their programs are so unique—you won't find anything like them anywhere else. Our two kids enjoyed: Build a Model T, where the older kids grab a wrench and help build one of Henry's most popular cars; and: The Hands-on Rubbing Station where the younger ones make crayon rubbings of some of the most iconic artifacts in the museum. Kids events are posted on the museum's online calendar so check it out and make your plans before you head out to the museum.

Cost: Adults: Tickets are not cheap but just imagine the cost of managing and maintaining such a wonderful museum. Seniors (ages 62 or older): $22; General Admission (ages 12 to 61): $24; Youth (ages 5 to 11): $18 and Children (ages 4 & under): Free. If you are going to visit more than once a year, membership is a great way to save. Check out the Henry Ford website for more information.  Also, they offer coupons online so check this out too if you want to save a few bucks.

Parking: Parking is free and located close to the entrance.

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