A Museum of American Courage, Innovation & Pride
Located in Michigan is a true monument to a man who is still regaled as being the ultimate innovator for the entire state, not to mention this country. Here awaits a world that you can step into and explore past innovations that, quite literally, fueled the imaginations of generations to come.
Henry Ford, for lack of a better word, was a genius. Although best known for building his first experimental car in Detroit in 1896 behind his own house—an ‘experiment’ that later led to the Ford Motor Company producing cars that still fill up 75% of the driveways in 2021—Henry Ford also broke through walls in other areas of business and manufacturing.
Thousands upon thousands visit the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit each and every year. They come to immerse themselves in the number of experiences it has to offer. They dive into the stories of how American business came to be, as well as stories and lives of others that changed the face of America. Here, you can literally step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. You can become a pilot as you explore the world of flight, like creations that came from the intelligent minds of the famous Wright Brothers. This is quite literally home to the movers and shakers who blazed the path of America during their time.
The mission of the Henry Ford Museum is to provide ‘unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories, and lives from America’s traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness, and innovation,’ which is precisely what they do on a daily basis. Not only do the exhibits teach, but they inspire peoples’ present-day ideas that will, perhaps, help America gain a better future.
When it comes to the featured exhibits, there are many – from race cars to modular houses – that you can set eyes upon. One of the loveliest to witness is the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery, where you can trace Studio Glass from its founding in 1962 to the present-day while staring at the incredible works of various artists.
When it comes to housing and design, visitors can enter the Dymaxion House. Conceived by the visionary architect, R. Buckminster Fuller, this was called the home of the future. Designed to be the strongest yet lightest and most cost-effective house ever built, it is the only prototype remaining in the entire world and sits inside the Henry Ford Museum.
A current exhibit, “With Liberty and Justice for All,” is for visitors who wish to explore the evolution of American freedom. From the pain of the Revolutionary War through the struggle for civil rights, this has been called a ground-breaking exhibit. Focusing on four distinct moments that transformed America: the Revolutionary Era, the Antislavery Movement, and Civil War Era, the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, and the Civil Rights Movement, the exhibit holds iconic artifacts, including the rocking chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated. You will, no doubt, be awestruck as you celebrate these people and the courage it took all of them to gain America’s freedom and sustain it.
In addition, the shop is always there where you can purchase many items, including Greenfield Village pottery and glass, as well as books, activities, and crafts for all ages.
Follow in the footsteps of some of the bravest, most intelligent people that America is proud of by taking a trip to the glorious and unforgettable Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in 2021.
To comply with CDC health and safety recommendations, some museum and village experiences will be temporarily unavailable because of their interactive nature. For more information about the schedule, tickets and reservations, and safety guidelines, visit the Welcome Back visitor guide at https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/welcome-back-to-the-henry-ford/ and start planning your journey today!