A Day at The Henry Ford

Well, the Museum anyway….

The Henry Ford” is several linked attractions, the Museum and Greenfield Village being the biggest, and located right next to each other.  But today, was all about the Museum for me.

More than just cars!

More than just cars!

 

So let me share just a little of a fun afternoon.

It bills itself as “America’s Greatest History Attraction” and for history nerds like me that’s not far from the truth!  The best brief description I’ve seen is that the Museum and Village are all about the Industrial Revolution.  The major features and exhibits cover from the mid-19th century through the 20th Centuries.

Trains: from very old to very powerful!

Trains: from very old to very powerful!

A very impressive area devoted to the Industrial Revolution.

A very impressive area devoted to heavy industry.

There’s even more than just that.  The Museum may be heavy on planes, trains and automobiles; but expect every thing from heavy industry to American Civil Rights to be on display.  Plus there’s always something special; I’ve seen World Fairs of the early 20th Century, Titanic artifacts, and currently, “Women of Rock”.

Its a Ford, and its an airplane!

Its a Ford, and its an airplane! Specifically, its THE plane Admiral Byrd first flew over the South Pole with.

Not the original "Spirit of St Louis" (that one lives at the "Air and Space Museum" in DC); but this replica was built for the 1957 movie "Spirit of St Louis" starring Jimmy Stewart.

Not the original “Spirit of St Louis” (that one lives at the “Air and Space Museum” in DC); but this replica was built for the 1957 movie “Spirit of St Louis” starring Jimmy Stewart.

This chair is a hugely important piece of Americana.  Whoever guesses right gets a virtual pat on the back...

This chair is a hugely important piece of Americana. Whoever guesses right gets a virtual pat on the back…

My photos can’t come close to doing it justice. The facility is huge and always fascinating.

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About atcDave

I'm 53 years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I've been an air traffic controller for 30 years; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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6 Responses to A Day at The Henry Ford

  1. Theresa says:

    I always had fun at the Henry Ford Museum. Glad you could go there.

    • atcDave says:

      It is an easy place for me spend time. I’m a long time member. It was really good to see pretty decent crowds there today too. Although it did make taking pictures difficult…

  2. I’ve been there a few times and the thing that impresses me the most is the all wood floors. Of course I like the aircraft as well.

    • atcDave says:

      Hey that’s not weird at all. I’m honestly impressed by the HVAC!
      The building itself is a huge, historic structure. I believe it opened in 1929, and even though exhibits are constantly updated and refurbished, the fabric of the building is classic.

      But my favorite part is the new aviation exhibit (6-7 years old?). They even have a reproduction Ford Trimoter seating section; with wicker seats bolted to the floor. There’s a wing walker display, air racing, and a beautiful Wright Flyer replica.
      I could go on about cars and trains too.

      I love that place.

      • It is a beautiful building. I wanted to go when they had the Titanic exhibit but never made it. We go to Greenfield Village every Thanksgiving and usually hit the Ford Museum too. Lots of history.

      • atcDave says:

        That was a great exhibit. We’re just 20 minutes away and visit often. It just doesn’t get old. Well, except in the ways it’s supposed to be!

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