Henry Ford Museum
The Henry Ford Museum is an impressive collection of cars and history and just one part of the larger museum complex called the Henry Ford. Other parts of the complex include the outdoor museum called Greenfield Village, an IMAX theater, a factory tour, and a research center. The Henry Ford Museum is a National Historic Landmark and is located in Dearborn, Michigan, hometown of the car maker himself.
The Henry Ford Museum began as Henry Ford’s personal collection of antiques and historic artifacts. Today, the museum covers 12 acres and includes whole buildings, cars, and other important pieces of U.S. history. Some of the famous vehicles exhibited here include the Ford Nucleon, a nuclear-powered car, the Lincoln Continental in which President Kennedy was assassinated, the bus on which Rosa Parks made her famous civil rights stand, an Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, as well as numerous vehicles from different eras of American automotive history.
Although cars may be what first come to mind when one visits the Henry Ford Museum, there are plenty of non-car artifacts of history on display here. The collection includes pieces agricultural history, famous airplanes and other flight history, jewelry and decorative pieces, and even 100 clocks and other timepieces spanning 400 years.
Other items of interest in the Henry Ford Museum include the chair from Ford’s Theater in which President Lincoln was shot, George Washington’s camp bed, a Stradivarius violin, Thomas Edison’s last breath captured in a sealed glass tube, the Dymaxion House prototype created by Buckminster Fuller, and a replica of the Wright brothers’ airplane.
Much of the collection of the Henry Ford Museum is permanent, but there are changing exhibits as well, such as the exhibit showcasing the Civil Rights Movement, a collection of presidential limousines, an aviation collection, and an exhibit of important American inventions. For anyone who loves American history, the Henry Ford Museum, and the Henry Ford complex as a whole is a must-see.