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Why the Henry Ford Museum Is Worth the Trip

Updated on November 11, 2018

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This is the chair that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in Ford’s Theater when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth
This is the chair that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in Ford’s Theater when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth
John F Kennedy was assassinated while riding in this limo on November 22nd 1963
John F Kennedy was assassinated while riding in this limo on November 22nd 1963

See some of the most iconic items in history

When most people think of the great museums of the United States they often think of the venerated institutions like the Smithsonian in Washington DC or the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Few people ever think of the Henry Ford Museum just outside of Detroit, Michigan. For those who know nothing about the Henry Ford, you are missing a great treat.

The Henry Ford houses some of the most iconic artifacts in American history. Their collection includes the limo that John F Kennedy was riding when he was assassinated in Dallas on November 22nd, 1963. Just looking at it makes you feel like you are part of that dark moment in time. Less thaN 200 feet away you will find the exhibit titled “With Liberty and Justice for All.” Here you‘ll find some of the most famous items in our country’s history. You will find an original copy of Thomas Paine’s Common sense just a few feet away from a copy of the Declaration of Independence. The highlight of this section is the cery chair that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated in 1865. The blood is still there.

Climb aboard the very bus where a brave woman names Rosa Parks launched a movement by refusing to give up her seat. Its amazing to be able to experience such incredible moment. It amazes you to see how different our country was just half a century ago.

There is something for everyone at this place. Love classical music? There are 2 Stradivarius violins on display. Like aviation? Visit great exhibits and learn all about Charles Lindberg, the Wright Brothers, and Ameloa Earhart. You can see an actual suitcase used by Earhart during some of her record breaking flights. Have a taste for fast food. Come see one for the earliest McDonalds signs and have lunch in a 1940s era diner. Perhaps the best part of the whole experience is that it is rarely crowded. My family attended the museum on a beautiful Sunday over Veterans Day weekend and we were able to move at a relaxed pace and see all these incredible exhibits without having to brabe throngs of tourists.

If you‘re loking for a great museum experience without the crowds, the Henry Ford is for you!


Cars,locomotives, and more

Of course, a museum called the Henry Ford, would not be complete without automobiles. You can see vintage Model Ts, classic sports cars, and some really neat Volkswagon Bus’s. Take a ride around the Greenfield Village once an actual Model T, a once o a lifetime experience. You’ll marvel at full size locomotives that you can alsoctame a ride in. Climb aboard and prend to drive a real life combine. See some of the earliest powered vehicles ever made including steam powered bicycles Ford designed before building his Model Ts. You can see the progress of automotive transport right before your eyes.

Male sure you pay attention to all the furniture. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll pass right by Edgar Allen Poe’s writing desk and a chair owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt. You‘ll also see a table owned by none other than Mark Twain. These authors may have written some of their finest words on these pieces of furniture.

Detroit is an affordable destination

My family stayed in Auburn Hills north of Detroit in a nice Hampton Inn for around $100 a night. You’re definitely not going to get a rate like that in New York or DC. Our flight from Austin to Detroit Metro Airport was also around $120 a ticket. While we were in town both the Pistons and Red Wings were playing games and the beautiful and brand new Little Caesars Arena. There are alsp great restaurants and bars for whatever suits your fancy. Check out the HUB in Auburn Hills and play Fowling and dp some ax throwing.

The Henry Ford Museum and Detroit offer a fun and economical vacation for the whole family. Come check think out!

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    • Believe in USA profile imageAUTHOR

      George Johnson 

      9 months ago from San Antonio, TX

      It’s an amazing museum! I’ve been to museums all over the world and this is the coolest.

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      Laura Smith 

      9 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      I love these little theme museums and getting to look at unique pieces of history. I'll definitely check it out if I'm ever in the area.

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