My hubby and I toured the Henry Ford Museum – Greenfield Village, http://www.thehenryford.org, http://www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village, located in Dearborn, Michigan, and I just wanted to share our experience with my readers because this museum is truly a wonderful place for all ages. As you plan your 2017 vacations, this is a place to consider. I highly recommend it for a long weekend getaway for the entire family.
We walked through the doors and were transported back through history and introduced to some of America’s greatest thinkers and innovators. Astonished at what we saw, I compiled a list of some things you can anticipate seeing at the museum and village.
- The Driving America exhibit with more than 100 vehicles, www.thehenryford.org/explore/inside/driving-america, featuring cars invented prior to, up to and following the Model A.
- Presidential limousines, including the limousine President Kennedy, was riding in when assassinated.
- The rocking chair Presidents Lincoln was sitting in when he was shot at the Ford Theater.
- The bus Rosa Parks, an African-American, was riding on when she refused to surrender her seat to a white man in Montgomery, Alabama in 1955.
- One of only 20o original engraved copies of the 1776 Declaration of Independence, commissioned by John Quincy Adams https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/artifact/63407.
- Interactive exhibits with everything from being a Model A mechanic to CB radios.
- Touch screens with learning opportunities and question/answer sessions which match your personality to a car. (My husband was matched to a 1959 VW bus which was pretty cool as it could be used for camping. I was a 1956 yellow and white Corvette. I always knew I had a sporty side).
- Replicas of the 1903 Wright Flyer, Amelia Earhart, and Charles Lindbergh’s planes.
- A 1901 Bleriot XI, the first helicopter, a 1939 Sikorsky and The Spirit of St. Louis, http://www.thehenryford.org/explore/inside/heroes-of-the-sky.
- A 1926 Fokker Trimotor with wooden wings was used to travel to the North Pole by explorer and adventure seekers Richard Byrd and Floyd Bennet.
- Various trains from steam engines to the “Sam Hill” 4-4-0 locomotive and a round house with a hands-on demonstration that would encourage participation from kids of all ages.
- Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory built to look as it did in 1886.
- The Wright brother’s boyhood home and bicycle shop and H. J. Heinz family home.
- Porches and parlors, https://www.thehenryford.org/visit/greenfield-village/districts/porches-and-parlors/, featuring Noah Webster’s home and library showcasing his dictionary’s and Robert Frosts home.
- Ride through the village in a Model T, hitch a ride on a horse-drawn wagon or catch a bus at various bus stops through the village. Or catch a ride in one of the cars pulled by the steam engine.
- Visit the J. R. Jones General Store where dry goods were sold and then Cohen Millinery where beautiful hats are displayed and replicated for purchase.
I suggest you allow at least two days for your visit because you will want to take your time, there is a lot to see. My hubby and I spent over six hours the first day visiting the museum but we really took our time and enjoyed all of the displays. We spent about the same amount of time in the village the following day. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and take your sunscreen for the village as it is mostly outdoors. There are shady areas but for the most part, you are exposed to the sun. You are allowed to take water into the village and even though we had not planned a picnic, we did see people with sandwiches and picnic fare as well. We found several nice areas to pause for a rest and there is a central park area perfect for tossing a blanket on the ground, having a picnic or just to sit while taking in all the activities.
I know this was a lengthy post, and want to thank you for hanging in there with me. Let me know what you think if you decide to visit, too. Happy travels to you!