Planes, Trains and Automobiles
From race cars to freedom rides, transportation to modular houses, agriculture to city lights. The Henry Ford Museum offers up a wide range of American innovation, craftsmanship and technological advances. We recently spent an afternoon exploring the exhibits on offer, and not for the first time, we have spent many an afternoon at the museum as well as at *Greenfield Village. However, it was our first time back at the museum after a several year hiatus. It was lovely to be back and see the many updates and interactive stations that had been added in. Such as the monitor that allows you to test drive a model T…watch out for massive pot holes and cows.
David and I were delighted to find that the dinning car was open to actual dinning, it was never open when we were kids…indeed it’s only been open for actual dinning for roughly the last 5 years. Lamy’s Diner was originally located in Marlborough, Massachusetts and was owned and operated by Clovis Lamy, who opened the diner in April of 1946, after he returned from the war. But, yes you guessed correctly we had a snack there, how could we not.
After, our snack we continued on through the Driving America exhibit, this area displays cars from their early days to today. Also this is the area you will find early examples of RV’s, motorcycles and race cars, specialty cars and the presidential vehicles.
One of my favorite areas, my sons too, is The Your Place in Time exhibit. This is where you can find all the cool little things you remember from your childhood and your parents childhood on back through the Progressive Generation. This also includes a green screen area where you can get your 15 minutes of fame and join in a music video. Listen to a selection of music from the 60’s and see an 80’s teen bedroom, see a moving picture show from the 20’s and see a 70’s commune. Good times for sure.
Saving one of the more fun activities for the end of our visit. The paper airplane making station, which includes an area where you can practice, rate and race your creation. you can either design your own or use their instruction manuals to build the airplane of your choice. Dave, the grand kids and Deontae had a good time building and testing various airplanes. OK, OK I did too!
A great time was had by all, can’t wait to go again and for warmer weather so we can visit the Village as well. Have you ever been to the Henry Ford? Or a similar museum? If your interested in taking your own stroll through time, check out the information below.
Helpful Hints To Plan Your Own Visit
Open hours: Daily 930am -5pm closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cost of Admission: Adults $22 Child $20
Parking Fee: $6
Location: Dearborn, Michigan
It is a good place for all ages, there are a few hands on exhibits and play areas to keep younger children occupied, 2-3 hours should be more than enough time to see and do everything in the Museum, if you are planning to spend time at both the museum and Greenfield Village then you may want to allow for the whole day. Both the Museum and the Village offer dining options, though typically can be a bit pricey.
* Greenfield Village is open seasonally and select weekends during the Christmas Holidays. Greenfield Village is a 80 acre open air museum showcasing 300 years of American History.