Exploring The Henry Ford Museum
Last month, I was able to stay at the adoba hotel in Dearborn, MI for two nights as part of a blogger event (click here to read about my experience), as well as try out some of the local dining. I was in Dearborn from Thursday through Saturday, and on Friday afternoon we headed over to The Henry Ford to do some exploring.
I have been to the Henry Ford Museum before, as well as Greenfield Village (next door, and part of the same complex), but it had been a few years since I had been there. I won a season pass back in 2010 or 2011 too, but unfortunately the roads to get there were under construction that year, so my family and I only went once or twice.
First: if you or someone in your life is a fan of vintage cars, you MUST take them here. They have quite a few…
One of the exhibits I’ve always found interesting, too, are some of the presidential cars they have, ranging from FDR’s to Kennedy’s (yes, that car). I also really like the older cars – even though we get to see a few of these during the Woodward Dream Cruise here in metro Detroit, it’s fun to see them close-up too.
The last time I was in the museum, there was a “diner trailer” on display, and this time, to my delight, I found that it was operating as an actual restaurant (ie, you could order food there) – so of course my blogger friends and I had to try it.
I had the meatloaf and some mashed potatoes, and it was actually very good. The Henry Ford has a few other cafes and snack stands throughout, but this was probably the most fun location at which to eat.
The museum also had some “relics” I was definitely familiar with … at the ripe old age of 27, I remember playing with these when I was a kid:
They also had a Canon digital camera there from 2011 that was nicer than my 2005 I was using to take some of these pictures!
There’s always one exhibit that is new (it rotates) at the museum, too, and this time it was a sports exhibit – could be interesting if you’re a sports fan, but in general I am not, so we checked it out but pretty quickly.
I’d recommend The Henry Ford for anyone looking to step back in time, and its outdoor counterpart, Greenfield Village, has interactive buildings and exhibits where you can do this as well. Since it’s completely outdoors, for the most part, GV is best enjoyed during the summer or fall months, in my opinion, but it also is open and has activities around the holidays too (November/December).
The Henry Ford Museum + Greenfield Village, 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124, (313) 982-6001.