By Candice of travaddict.com
Before visiting the Henry Ford Museum, I imagined it would be a niche for car lovers. However, I was largely mistaken and learned that the museum is a great time for almost anyone. The museum not only showcases cars and how they have changed the way people live, but it also features other innovations and historical figures that have impacted the modern-day world. The museum has several different attractions, and I recommend an entire day at the museum in order to see it all.
The Main Museum
The main museum exhibits cars throughout the years, including futuristic cars of today. It also showcases how the automotive industry changed our way of life and our culture, introducing us to drive-through-restaurants, drive-in movie theaters, and paving the future of town planning. There are priceless cars displayed like past cars of famous presidents, including John F Kennedy’s car. There are also exhibits on train travel, air travel, and furniture, showing how each of these man-made inventions have played a huge role throughout history. All of the exhibits are quite interactive, and easy to navigate. The exhibit I found to be most interesting was ‘With Liberty and Justice for All’. This section takes you through an easy to follow journey on America’s history and the significant moments that shaped the country. This exhibit also houses the actual chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was asassinated.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
This interactive tour allows you to see a real car being assembled in a real Ford assembly plant. The tour is very well set up for you to make your own way around the plant, with information video’s along the way that explain the section of the assembly you are viewing. There are also many staff members willing to answer your questions, and elaborate on how things function on an everyday basis in the plant. Outside of the actual assembly line, there is a theatre where you can watch a short film about the history of the Ford Company, and how they grew to be the company they are today. After the film you can continue on to watch an interactive film on how a Ford car is designed and created. I recommend watching this before you visit the Assembly Plant, as it explains what happens before a car begins being assembled. Another great feature of the Factory worth visiting is the roof. Ford has gone to great lengths to be an eco-friendly energy-saving company, and they showcase this by allowing you to tour their ‘living roof’. The roof looks like a grass field, and basically assists in the cooling and heating of the building, therefore reducing their energy use by around 5%.
This exhibit requires you to spend a lot of time outdoors, so I recommend visiting Greenfield Village in the warmer months. This area of the museum is again quite interactive. You can take a ride in Henry Ford’s famous T-model, the car that put Ford on the map. You can trace the life of Henry Ford and visit the farmhouse where Henry Ford was born, and see where he invented the T-model. You will learn that Henry Ford once worked for Thomas Edison, and you can visit an exhibit dubbed the ‘Thomas Edison Ideas Factory’. There is a real-life working farm and village that showcases how people once lived off the land, and how life has largely evolved in such a short space of time.
All in all, the Henry Ford Museum is on my must-see list if you are planning a trip to the Detroit area, this is a great day out for anyone.