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Review of The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Dearborn
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
Reviewed August 24, 2009

One of my favorite museums. We spent our last day in Michigan there and wish we had gone there first. There is so much to see that one could easily spend 2 days there. My son said, "It is like being in a history book." That is what Henry Ford wanted.

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Reviewed August 17, 2009

Our family was at the Henry Ford in July. We had two boys aged 10 and 6 and we all really had fun, especially at Greenfield Village. We did Greenfield Village the first day, arriving about 9:30 and left about 4 PM because we were rather hot and tired. We missed huge portions of the Village, but enjoyed everything. The little guy really enjoyed the 1860's rules baseball game, the oldtime games near the baseball field and the farm area. Our 10 year old was fascinated with everything, but especially the Edison Lab, the glass blowing and weaving and Lincoln's Courthouse. We went to the Museum the 2nd day and while they definitely liked it (especially the Lincoln death chair and Kennedy death car and helping to build a Model T), we ended up going back to Greenfield Village for a couple of hours again to see more. We even discussed coming back to the Village for a third day, but kept our plans to visit the Detroit Science Center, which they also really enjoyed since it was more hands on than the Henry Ford. We plan to go back for a holiday sometime and still have plenty left to see without repeating anything.

Some tips: I recommend joining The Henry Ford as a member. With the $99 special they were running it was cheaper than a two day admission, included parking fees and we got "park hopper" privliges too, not to mention the prospect of a return visit some day. The guard at the Museum asked to see both or our cards even though we had a family membership and we were together, but let us in since we left one card at home. Food choices inside the Village and inside the Museum were rather limited, but while we didn't find it until the end, the Cafe between the Museum and the Village looked much better. Gifts at the gift ships were more thoughtful than you might find at many other similar stops and were fairly reasonably priced too.

There were two main hotel areas around The Henry Ford. We stayed near the Fairlane Mall, where there were two very upscale hotels that offered discounts if you shopped carefully and where there were a number of restaurants. It was really close to the Henry Ford, but I'm glad we had our GPS to navigate around all the highway ramps. There were lots of motels on Michigan Avenue and that put you closer to downtown Dearborn, where there are a ton of independently owned restaurants. You're good either way, it's just a different experience.

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Reviewed August 15, 2009

We didn't really know what to expect from The Henry Ford, but what we discovered was an amazing full-day experience. Don't miss the Greenfield Village! It was definitely worth the extra money. Upon arrival we were a little skeptical about the price, but it turned out to be a great value. Both the village and museum had a great variety of historical buildings and artifacts set in a dynamic and interactive environment.

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Reviewed July 31, 2009

This is an eclectic display of American hopes, dreams and firsts. Many of the exhibits have a unique story all of their own that you will want to research in detail when you get home. Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion house, the Rosa Park's bus, huge locomotives, so many fabulous things that have earned a spot in history and, as a consequence, are in the Henry Ford Museum.

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Reviewed July 14, 2009

First, check to see if an annual membership is less expensive than individual tickets. My family of 5 bought an annual membership for $99, which saved me about $40 on admission, $1 each for unlimited ride bands for Greenfield Village, and 10% off at the gift shops. Second, get there when it opens. We were at the village at opening and stayed until close and did not see everything (Museum was the same). The unlimited ride tickets in the village barely paid for themselves and we only had time for one Model T ride, one train ride, one carousel ride, and one ride on a 1931 Ford bus. We never even made it on the horse-drawn omnibus. Of course, we like to walk, so it might pay off for others. My kids dipped candles ($3 each) which took 1/2 hour out of day because so many other kids were doing the same. They also got to play old-fashioned games and walk on stilts on the village green. The museum was fantastic. They build a Model T with visitors help each day and then, when assembled, you can have your picture taken in it. The kids could climb into a real locomotive, sit in Miley Cyrus's car, sit on the same bus that Rosa Parks sat in, and there are "make a memory" (chalk rubbing) stations everywhere. The Weinermobile cafe had great kid food (hot dogs) and the Michigan cafe had more healthy, adult-type selections. As for the museum and village overall, you can't go wrong with the history that's there. With our annual membership, we are planning to drive back this fall to enjoy the foliage and more history that we missed the last time.

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