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“This is a "must-see" destination.”
Review of The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Dearborn
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Owner description: Trace the history of the auto and our fascination with it along with other American inventions through the staggering collection of Henry Fords estate, which includes such memorabilia as the chair Abraham Lincoln sat in when he was assassinated and the limo in which John F. Kennedy was shot.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children
Westerville, OH
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“This is a "must-see" destination.”
Reviewed August 13, 2004

Take the kids even if they complain. There is so much history and beauty to absorb. They will appreciate it later.

We bought the family pass so that we could visit the museum one day and then the village the next. Make sure you reserve tickets for the Ford Rouge Factory tour early. It was sold out both days we were there.

The factory tour was so exciting! You don't get a chance to see this kind of thing everyday.

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“What a difference!”
Reviewed July 25, 2004

What a great place! We had not visited GV & HFM since 1981 (back in the old days when it had dirt roads) - what a difference. We went over 4th of July and spent 1 whole day at each site. Our kids thought they would be bored, but they loved it! It is well worth the trip from anywhere in the U.S. The items are HFM are pretty awe-inspiring. President Kennedy's car for example. Lots of places to eat and many neat photo opportunities. We plan on going back again.

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“Fun and Learning together in one great package!”
Reviewed February 24, 2004

We went to Dearborn and spent three days visiting Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum. It wa wonderful! We highly recommend this for families and people of all ages.

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“Best attraction in the region”
Reviewed January 8, 2004

This is truly a world-class attraction. There is a massive museum containing everything from full-size locomotives to cars and household machines from the early part of the industrial age. Plus many one-of-kind objects like JFK's last limo and the Dymaxion house.

Then there is a whole village containing turn of the 19th century buildings complete with a small working farm and shops and artisans.
Many of these buildings were actually owned or used by historical people. They were not recreated but moved here. Examples are Edison's laboratory, Webster's house and the Wright Brothers house and shop.

You need a *minimum* of 1/2 day to spend in each place -- the museum and the village -- so make sure you get there as opening time if you intend to see both. Even then you won't be able to see it all.

The Henry Ford also has an IMAX theater showing typical IMAX fair.

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“Greenfield Village”
Reviewed December 6, 2003

I visited Greenfield Village many times when I was growing up, but had a chance to take my husband and stepson there in October of this year.
We arrived about 4 hours before closing, so didn't get to see everything. Many of the houses were closed for off-season renovations, but we really enjoyed the ones we did get to see. My husband had never been, and considering he doesn't get excited about anything if it isn't sports, I was surprised when he agreed to go. And imagine my surprise when we were almost ready to leave when he said "This has really been nice. Thanks for bringing us here." Even if you aren't a history buff, you'll find Greenfield Village fun and informative. There are houses from all over the country that have been moved there, either for their representation of a well-known historical figure (Thomas Edison, Wright Brothers, Noah Webster, etc.). or because of their significance in American history (slave houses, farm houses, old school house, chapel).
Many of the houses had employees in them explaining either the architectural, regional, or historical significance of the house you were in. As I recall, when I was younger and went, there was an employee in each home. There being some without employees could have been because it was off-season, or could have been because they don't keep employees in every house anymore, I don't know which it is. Some of the homes has buttons that you pushed and there was a taped recording explaining what house you were in and about the person/people that had lived there. In the Wright brothers house, there was even a picture album with pictures of their brother, sister and parents. The houses are furnished in the actual furniture from the house, or period furniture, so you can experience exactly what it was like when they lived there. Edison's Menlo Park (his lab) is there with all kinds of neat old light bulbs and many of his other inventions. There is an area of the park that we didn't go to, because of time restraints, and I will make sure we go there first next time. It is the area where they have actual artisans doing and making things like they used to make.
Blowing glass, candle dipping, blacksmith's, etc. We took a steam train ride around the entire village on the oldest running steam train in the country. That was fun, especially for the stepson, neice, and nephew that we had with us. The adults thought is was cold, the kids thought it was cool! On the train ride, they tell you about steam engine trains, that particular train, and the various houses and buildings you pass. they also stopped to add water to the boiler, and that was neat for the kids to see. Hubby, son, and nephew also rode in a Model T around the park. They have a working carousel that came from somewhere out east (don't remember where), but it is really old and the kids loved that. The food in the park is not expensive, as I thought it would be. They don't push you to buy a bunch of junk, but there is a really nice gift shop on the way out of the park. They have books about all kinds of stuff you saw in the park, cookbooks, figurines, clothing, toys, and all kinds of other stuff. Price of admission was not outrageous, I think about $14-16 for adults and a little cheaper for kids. We had a very nice time and will return next year, hopefully on a warmer day, either to the village or the museum - which is huge - but since we didn't go there this year, I won't say anything about it.

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