Henry Ford Museum

We came to the East side of Michigan mainly to experience the Detroit Makers Faire - but there’s more to our stay here.  The Makers Faire is hosted by the Henry Ford museum, which we’re in disagreement over whether we’ve ever visited as a family so wanted to also visit.  Along with “The Henry Ford” (evidently it’s such a cool place that they are able to drop the word “Museum” from their marketing) and the Titanic artifact exhibition, there is also Greenfield Village next to the museum and it’s large enough to deserve its own day of visiting.

So much to see, and with big attractions like this its always a puzzle of ticketing.  Do you try to save money by buying a day pass and then feel rushed to see it all in one long day?  Or spend more money but be able to stretch things out and linger around things that are of more interest?

MsBoyink found that purchasing a membership to the Museum would also get us a discount on Makers Faire tickets so that sealed the deal.  We purchased a membership and are enjoying the flexibility that gives us in visiting.

We started on Friday with a morning of school work, client work, and house work.  After a lunch we packed up and drove the 25 minutes to the Henry Ford, purchased our membership, and toured the museum.  We didn’t hit it all (because now we didn’t have to!), but we:

  • Enjoyed the automotive displays
  • Had a snack at the working Diner Car
  • Toured the Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion House
  • Sat in the bus where Rosa Parks started a revolution
  • Winced at the 80’s exhibits (toys from your childhood behind glass!)
  • Listened to a automated music machine built in 1927 (video below)
  • Looked at the furniture exhibits that featured many items from our home town (and previous employer).  I’m not sure the kids ever realized that the Eames Lounge chair we had was such a classic/iconic piece.  We enjoyed using it for years and then appreciated its lasting value as the sale of it funded quite a bit of our expenses in getting ourselves back on the road full time.

A long afternoon proved enough (especially for the girls) so we scoped out the location & parking situation for the Makers Faire the next day and returned home.  We’re staying in a fairgrounds, only the second time we’ve done that but enjoy the different sights and sounds that it provides that typical campgrounds don’t.  Our last visit let us experience Arizona Biker Week, and this time it’s a Gay Rodeo that’s going on while we’re here.

Always an adventure!

Presidential Limo

Presidential Limo

Desoto

Desoto

Reading about early travel in the USA

Reading about early travel in the USA

Fuel Delivery Truck

Fuel Delivery Truck

Taking the What Kind of Car Are You Quiz

Taking the What Kind of Car Are You Quiz

MsBoyink is a VW Camper Van

MsBoyink is a VW Camper Van

Boyink is an early Corvette

Boyink is an early Corvette

Harrison is a classic TBird

Harrison is a classic TBird

Storybird is a Crosley Hotshot

Storybird is a Crosley Hotshot

Willys Fuelie

Willys Fuelie

A Tucker with center headlight that moves with the steering wheel

A Tucker with center headlight that moves with the steering wheel

Love the open roof on this Nash

Love the open roof on this Nash

Bigger than life Bugatti

Bigger than life Bugatti

1955 Chevy with a beautiful coral and black color scheme

1955 Chevy with a beautiful coral and black color scheme

1896 Ford Quadcycle

1896 Ford Quadcycle

Mustang Concept

Mustang Concept

Ford Sedan

Ford Sedan

1956 Chevy convertible heading for burgers

1956 Chevy convertible heading for burgers

A diner car still serving food?  Snack time!

A diner car still serving food? Snack time!

Pondering the Diner Menu

Pondering the Diner Menu

The Bus upon which Rosa Parks would not give up her seat

The Bus upon which Rosa Parks would not give up her seat

Storybird sits in the seat where Rosa Parks sat

Storybird sits in the seat where Rosa Parks sat

Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion house

Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion house

Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion house - looking up

Buckminster Fuller Dymaxion house - looking up

Dymaxion Living room

Dymaxion Living room

Hey - thats our chair!

Hey - thats our chair!

Who didn't love Merlin?

Who didn't love Merlin?

Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener..

Oh I wish I were an Oscar Meyer Wiener..

Careful what you wish for!

Careful what you wish for!

Music Machine

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2 Comments Henry Ford Museum

  1. Picture of HarrisonHarrisonJuly 31, 2012

    My goodness, was this place huge. It wasn’t just cars, though. I could live at this place. I loved just seeing the classic cars and trailers. And eating in the diner was a blast, too.

  2. Picture of StorybirdStorybirdJuly 31, 2012

    I liked listening to the music and eating cake in the diner car.

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