Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

by Susan
(Harrison, MI)

I love the Henry Ford Museum because there are displays of interest for everyone, even people who don't care for museums!

My favorite temporary exhibit was "The Streamlining of America" and was all about style. This summer they will feature Motor Madness on Father's Day weekend, and Titanic artifacts; along with Heroes of the Sky, American innovations of the past two centuries and an exhibit that focuses on the painful evolution of American Freedom. Not only are there still-life displays, but there are numerous dramatic presentations, music, parades and cruises, and hands-on experiences!

Greenfield Village also offers street fairs, one-week discover camps for children (some include overnight stays!), shopping, dining in themed restaurants or stands. The great thing about this museum is you can go time and time again and have entirely different experiences each time!

There is also an IMAX theater and a tour of the Rouge River plant available. My advice would be to plan on spending at least 3 days the first time you go. The Henry Ford has lodging and ticket packages available via their website as well.

Strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and motorized mobility "scooters" are available for rent on a first come-first served basis. Your own personal conveyances are welcome. Most areas of the museum and village are accessible except for some that are impossible to merge historical accuracy and accessibility. Headsets are available for hearing impaired guests.

Take the kids and bring Grandma and Grandpa along too! At the end of the day, the elders can share the stories of memories past, and the kids can share their excitement at the "old-fashioned" way of doing everyday chores. Don't forget to bring your camera!

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