I am writing this tip as there is just so much to see here in this Museum I beleive these displays are NOT to be missed.
Described as "Americas Greatest History Attraction" this Museum has something for everyone. .whether your likes are. Automotive, Farming Implements and Machinery, Aeronauticul, Trains ,Weapons, Furniture,You will find it all in different parts of this amazing Museum. Upon entry you will be taken by the huge amount of area here housing all this huge display. Of course the main theme is Henry Fords Motor Cars..
See The Dymaxion House R. Buckminsters 1920's futuristic, all aluminium House.
Check out the Wiener Mobile..Located by "The Agricultural section" an easily identifiable and very sucessful promotional vehicle.
Located in the Furniture and "Liberty and Justice for All " section..see the chair that President Abraham Lincoln was assasinated in.
See the" Made in America "section ..this is a fantastic section showing the versatility and ability of manufacturing in America. machinery, weapons, all sorts..etc..
Put togeather a T model Ford..!!! All the pieces are there..This is a great "Hands on" thing to do..
'Driving America" This is a wonderful section of Henry's cars , cars, cars, convertibles, early model classic and Vintage Fords..Prototypes...if you love cars you will love this as there are all types, of makes and models here. to be enjoyed.
Located here are the past collection of Presidential Limousines. from the first Horse drawn to .the various specially built "Lincoln" vehicles that were used by various Presidents..see Franlin D Roosevelts "convertible" The Eisenhower "Bubbletop Limousine..The ( fateful ) John F Kennedy Limousine that he was tragically assasinated in, in Dallas..and Ronald Regans Lincoln Continental..These are the most wonderful collection of these very famous vehicles.to be seen.
See the "Railroad section" with its huge Allegheny Locomotive.with very early locos..and carriages and more..This is huge..
Also to see is the Virginia Courtyard and the Pennsylvania Courtyards..
Along with "Heroes of the Sky".with Fords venture into the realms of aircraft construction.really there is just so much to see you will need many hours here to see it all ..when finished looking at the displays there is the I Max Theatre, The Museum Store and Gift Shop..
My wife and I were trying to plan an easy overnight vacation that our three year old son would really enjoy. My son really enjoys airplanes, cars and most of all trains. It seems as though the Henry Ford museum was built just for my boy.
I've been to many museums throughout the world and I really can't think of one that was as wall to wall interesting as this one. We parked right in front of the museum entrance which is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI 48124-5029. Upon walking in you have a nice choice of a few imax movies. We paid our admission of $17 for my wife and I each and $12.50 for my son ($12.50 for kids 5-12. Under 5 is free) for the museum only. When we walked into the main room with all the exhibits it's one of the few times I've seen my son speechless. He was engaged from the moment we walked in until we left 4.5 hours later.
So many exhibits catch your eye and almost overwhelm you when you first walk in. Straight ahead is the airplane exhibit which includes a 1926 Ford Flivver, 1927 Ford Tri-motor, a 1939 DC-3
and a1927 Boeing 40-B. Then looking to the right you will see an enormous collection of breathtaking and priceless cars. Each car has a plaque that explains the car and details the price of the car and how many months/years it would take a worker during its production area to save up in order to buy one. You will also notice along the way that the museum has a very interesting collection of presidential automobiles including the car President Kennedy was riding in in Dallas.
To the far right of the museum my boy discovered the train collection. One engine on display was the Allegheny Locomotive. Built in 1941 and weighing in at 600 tons, this was one of the largest steam-powered locomotives ever built. You can climb up into the train and check out all the knobs and gauges. There are several other antique trains on display that were true works of art.
If you make your way to the other side of the museum it concentrates on American history. They have everything on display from the bus that Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on, to a page out of the Stamp Act, to a display of a military bed and supplies used by General George Washington.
While we were there for just over four hours you could easily make this into a two day trip. There are so many other displays and parts of the museum that we didn't get a chance to see. I could not recommend this stop enough if you are looking for a trip to keep the whole family engaged for the entire day.
Centered around an unparalleled collection of historically significant vehicles, this remarkable mix of authentic artifacts, digital media, interactive play and personal accounts focuses on the enormous influence the automobile has had on American culture—from the automotive innovations that have changed our lives to the everyday choices we make.
1903 Wright Flyer Dimensions:
Length = 21' 1"
Wingspan = 40' 4"
Weight (plane only) = 605 lbs.
Its maximum speed was 9.9 mph, and the farthest it flew was 852 feet.
Orville and Wilbur Wright built the original Wright Flyer at their bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, for approximately $1,000 of their own money. Their friend Charles Taylor, built the 12-horsepower engine.
This Wright Flyer is the world's most accurate reproduction of the original 1903 Flyer. Just weeks before the Centennial of Flight celebration in December 2003, this Flyer made several successful flights at the Wright Brothers National Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.
This exhibit is dedicated to the experiences of 5 the generations by exploring the development of infrastructures and changes in technologies that continued throughout the century. Five modular walls, representing a chronological continuum include historical timelines, artifacts, and statistical charts.
Progressive Generation~When being able to listen to a musical instrument such as a Victrola.
War Generation~During the 1930s and '40s folks sat around listening to the radios for their local and worldly news. When Orson Welles' hair-raising broadcast of "War of the Worlds" scared half the country believing it was real, was proven proof the power of the radio.
Silent Generation~ After the war, the 1950's American "teenagers" came of age listening to jukeboxes, Rock n' Roll music, and driving the family automobile.
Baby Boomers TV~This generation came of age with television-in fact, it's even been called the TV Generation. This section is dedicated to the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s on authentic television sets of the era, and how TV itself matured as a technology along with the Boomers.
Generation X of Education and Technology~ This generation of children grew up in the 1970s were perhaps the first to experience education through technology. Sesame Street to helped them grow by playing with electronic learning toys. Watch vintage 1970s educational TV and try out our trivia game.
Next Generation ~Today's generation doesn't have a history yet, but the large numbers of this group are sure to dictate the technology trends of the future.
If you have time, try out their IMAX theatre. IMAX motion picture projection system, invented and developed by Imax Corporation, is the finest motion picture projection system in the world. Images of unsurpassed size, clarity, and impact, enhanced by a superb specially-designed six-channel, multi-speaker sound system, are projected onto our giant rectangular screen which is eight stories wide (84 feet) and six stories tall (62 feet). Our IMAX Theatre is the largest IMAX Theatre in the State of Michigan having the capability to show both 2D and 3D IMAX films. Seating capacity is 440 for 2D, 410 for 3D, and is fully handicapped accessible in accordance with ADA regulationshttp://www.thehenryford.org/imax/about.aspx.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a wonderful self-guided five-part tour that includes: Legacy Theater ( triumphs and tragedies surrounding the Rouge), Art of Manufacturing Theater( multi-sensory theater experience including a 360-degree look at how automobiles are made), Observation Deck (World’s largest living roof from our 80-foot-high), Dearborn Truck Plant (See where the new Ford F-150s are assembled in a new lean and flexible manufacturing plant) and the Legacy Gallery (View five historic vehicles made at the Rouge including the 20,000,000th Ford).
Theater seating is limited to 79 guests per show; shows run continuously until 4:00 PM and are seated on a first come first serve basis.
Photography and video recording are strictly prohibited in both theaters and the Dearborn Truck Plant. Photography is allowed in the Legacy Gallery and Observation Deck..
The steam-powered rail line and an 1800s small-town train depot take you inside the great history of railroading, paired with the chance to investigate the only working late 19th-century roundhouse in the Midwest.
Places to visit in this district: Detroit, Toledo & Milwaukee Roundhouse, Edison Illuminating, Company's Station A, Smiths Creek Depot
Make some time to stroll down main street and encounter a bustling place of automobiles and carriages, events and amusements. Discover the center of community and commerce from the J. R. Jones General Store and Mrs. Cohen's Millinery to the Logan County Courthouse brimming with American history and heritage.
Places to visit in this district:
Grimm Jewelry Store
J.R. Jones General Store
Logan County Courthouse
Phoenixville Post Office
Wright Cycle Shop
With Liberty and Justice for All exhibits focuses upon four key transformative moments in the American quest for freedom: the Revolutionary Era, the Antislavery Movement and Civil War Era, the Woman’s Suffrage Movement and the Civil Rights Movement. It highlights the people and iconic artifacts that were involved in those moments, and involves visitors in the important debates and struggles. Freedom in America has always been the product of social movements and struggle.
Reagan Presidential Limousine 1972
On March 30, 1981, Ronald Reagan took refuge in this limousine's interior to escape would-be assassin John Hinkley's gunfire. Going into service under President Nixon, it is also the car in which President Ford was riding when an attempt was made on his life. This is the last presidential limousine that will be preserved. All presidential cars are now destroyed by the Secret Service for security reasons.
Kennedy Presidential Limousine 1961
This is the limousine in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated that day in Dallas, November 22, 1963.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Sunshine Special 1939
The Sunshine Special was widely used before and during World War II to chauffeur President Roosevelt in countless public appearances. It began a more-than-50-year run of Lincolns as the "official" White House limousines.
Theodore Roosevelt Horse-drawn Brougham 1902
This brougham was used by President Theodore Roosevelt on all official occasions. During the administrations of Taft and Wilson, automobiles came into vogue and the brougham was used by the White House housekeeping department for marketing and other errands.
The last coachman for this vehicle was an African American named Daniel Webster. Webster served as White House coachman from 1913 to 1928, and subsequently as chauffeur for the Model A Ford that finally replaced the brougham.
The visionary architecture of R. Buckminster Fuller. Take a personal tour through "the house of the future." This extraordinary dwelling was designed to be the strongest, lightest and most cost-effective housing ever built. Restored to its original 1946 condition, its the only remaining prototype in the world.
Installed at the Tatham Brothers Lead Works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this 30 foot tall 50 ton engine drove machinery used to make lead products such as pipe and sheet flashing. It operated from 1857 until 1930, when it was donated to the museum by John T. Lewis & Co. It has a very ornated design.
Length: 64' 6";
Weight (empty): 15,800 lbs.
Construction Materials: Aluminum, fabric on ailerons, elevators and rudder
Builder: Douglas Aircraft Company, Santa Monica, California
Cost: $110,000 new; $35,000 when bought by North Central Airlines in 1952
Number Built: 10,926 in U.S. (10,123 military, 803 civilian); about 3,500 additional Japanese and Soviet versions
Engine Type: Two Wright Cyclone, 9-cylinder, 1,000-horsepower, radial, air-cooled internal combustion engines
Engine Builder: Wright Aeronautical Company, Patterson, New Jersey
Configuration: 1-pilot/21-passenger tractor monoplane
Maximum Speed: 190 m.p.h.
Flying into the Record Books
As an airliner for Eastern Airlines and North Central Airlines, this DC-3:
Flew more than 12 million miles in 83,032 hours
Used 550 main gear tires and 25,000 spark plugs
Wore out 136 engines
Consumed almost 9 million gallons of gasoline
Taxied over 100,000 miles
Flew an additional 1,843 hours after being refitted as a corporate plane
When it was donated to the Museum in 1975, it had spent more time aloft than any other airplane in history. That record has since been broken by another DC-3.
Standing 26 feet high, this neon sign was installed in August 1960 at the second McDonald's franchise in Michigan.It reads "Licensee of the McDonal's speedee Service System-Hamburgers Over Million Sold."