Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation:
From stepping inside the bus Rosa Parks took a stand in by taking a seat, to pretending to be a pilot while exploring the Wright brothers’ achievements, the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation truly “allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories.” Popular exhibits include (but are definitely not limited to) the Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery, Dymaxion House, Heroes of the Sky, Driving America, Presidential Vehicles, Railroads and so much more. If you’re hungry, the museum is also home to Michigan Café, Lamy’s Diner and American Dog House. In the mood to shop? Henry Ford Museum Store and Genius at Play are also located inside its walls. Check out the museum’s Tips and Policies page for help planning your visit.
Cost: $22 for general admission, $20 for seniors and a $10 donation for children ages 3-11
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Maker Faire Detroit, July 29-30
National Aviation Day, Aug. 19
The Science Behind Pixar, Oct. 14-March 18
Walking through the lab Thomas Edison had his “light bulb moment” and taking a ride in a real Model T are just two of dozens of other firsthand experiences Greenfield Village offers. Its seven historic districts include Working Farms, Liberty Craftworks, Henry Ford’s Model T, Railroad Junction, Main Street, Edison at Work and Porches & Parlors, and there are actually nine snack and meal options within the village’s perimeter: Eagle Tavern, Sir John Bennett’s Sweet Shop, State Street Lunch Stand, Frozen Custard, Carousel Confections, Cotswold Cottage Tea, A Taste of History, Mrs. Fisher’s Southern Cooking and Owl Night Lunch Wagon. Greenfield Village Store and Liberty Craftworks Store are also popular spots for shoppers, as well. Be sure to take a look at the village's Tips and Policies page prior to visiting.
Cost: $27 for general admission, $24.50 for seniors and a $10 donation for children ages 3-11
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (April 15-Oct. 30)
Historic Base Ball: 1867 Style, June 10-Aug. 20
Artist in Residence Program, July 25-29 and Aug. 22-26
World Tournament of Historic Base Ball, Aug. 12-13
Wright Day of Celebration, Aug. 19
Old Car Festival, Sept. 9-10
Ford Rouge Factory Tour:
Have you ever wanted to tour a car factory floor? If this sounds appealing, observing the making of America’s most iconic truck, the Ford F-150, at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is definitely for you. You’ll not only get to first-handedly experience the Assembly Plant, but you’ll also get to have a seat inside of the Legacy Theater to learn the history of Ford Motor Company, take in the unforgettable views from the plant’s Observation Deck, witness a multisensory exploration at the Manufacturing Innovation Theater, view the Legacy Gallery of cars and even take a walk through both the Living Laboratory and the Living Roof. Answers to common questions about the factory tour can be found on Ford Rouge Factory Tour’s Tips and Policies page.
Cost: $18 for general admission, $16.25 for seniors and a $10 donation for children ages 3-11
Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday-Saturday; the last tour leaves at 3 p.m.
Giant Screen Experience:
The Henry Ford is also home to the new state-of-the-art 4K digital projection, sound and seating, which is known as the “Giant Screen Experience.” Featured films currently include Dream Big, a heartfelt story of human ingenuity; National Parks Adventure, an “ultimate off-trail adventure”; Deepsea Challenge 3D, a James Cameron journey through the deepest part of ocean; Robots, a film about meeting the most remarkable robots in the world; Living in the Age of Airplanes, allowing for the discovery of the astonishing ways that flight has changed the world; and, finally, Dark Universe, which celebrates the pivotal discoveries that have led us to greater knowledge of the structure and history of the universe.
Cost and hours: Visit Giant Screen Experience’s Show Times and Tickets page for specific film day/times, as well as ticket pricing information.