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September 2014

October 2014

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Tinker. Hack. Invent. Saturdays
Every Saturday, every month (10am - 3pm)
It’s a weekly celebration of American ingenuity. We call it Tinker. Hack. Invent. and it takes place every Saturday. Join our Tinker Task Force and have a blast trying your hand at all sorts of things. Then, on the last Saturday of every month, we open our doors to crafters, basement scientists, hobbyists, inventive foodies, tinkerers — the kind of folks you’ll find at our annual Maker Faire — and ask them to share their expertise and enthusiasm with museum visitors. Americans are famous for their ingenuity and resourcefulness, for their eagerness to improve and explore new ideas. This is your chance to learn firsthand how that spirit is alive and well today. Come explore your own ingenuity. Try your hand at something new, something different. The activities change month to month. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more! The only limitation is your imagination. And it’s free* with museum admission or membership.

*Some supply fees may apply.

monthly themes
(Activities and community makers are subject to change.)

January - Luminescence
In a salute to James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition™, join our own Tinker Task Force as we explore the magic of luminescence. January 25 - We welcome our guests from Toledo’s Imagination Station. Explore the science of Cool Light and mix up your own batch of glowing slime.

February - Mechanical BrushBot
Come construct and put your own mechanical BrushBot through our group challenges.

March - Women Innovator Coasters
Join our Tinker Task Force as we salute the women from Make a cool image coaster Honoring these innovators.

April - Reinvent Detroit Cityscape
Help the Tinker Task Force create a new Detroit using recyclable materials.

Community Maker on April 26th - TechShop Detroit Presents: COMPRESSED AIR PAPER ROCKETS!

May - Making Speakers
In honor of our new exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, we’ll make our own audio speakers. Learn more about the Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit.

Community Makers for May 31st

  • Arts & Scraps Presents: Be Your Own Inventor
    Let your creative juices & innovative skills flow! Make your own invention using a variety of materials.

  • Kettering Presents - Slingshot Challenge
    Construct your own slingshot and then test it out on our launch pad!

June - Making Music
In honor of our Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit, come make your own guitar.

Community Makers for June 28th

  • Ben's Encore: Build Your Own Musical Instrument
    Ben's Encore, a local nonprofit that provides opportunities for aspiring musicians and music education, will be building homemade instruments in support of the Women Who Rock exhibit. Come by and check out how to build instruments with household items and even play music with fruits and vegetables! Learn more about Ben's Encore at

  • U of M-Dearborn – Presents their Sound Workshop
    In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the basics of digital audio and how sound is represented, stored, processed, and even created, in a computer.

July - Crafty Circuits
Use moldable dough and have fun discovering the secrets of circuits!

Community Maker for July 26th & 27th - Maker Faire™ Detroit

  • Join this ultimate celebration of Tinker. Hack. Invent. At The Henry Ford

August - Rocketry
Join the Tinker Task Force as we construct some easy air rockets.

Community Maker for August 30th - ScienceHideout

  • Chemistry is Fun, is a program in the Metro Detroit area. Their goal is simple: to get kids interested in chemistry. Their organization helps people realize, through public outreach using demonstrations and experiments, the importance of inspiring young scientists. ScienceHideout, realize just how important it is to put beakers and test tubes in the hands of our younger generations. Come join us for cool chemistry demonstrations and make your own slime to take home! We’ll be in the Museum Plaza from 10am – 2pm.

September - Discovery Camp’s Greatest Hits
Join our Tinker Task Force as we repeat the favorite projects of our summer Discovery Camp.

Community Maker for September 27th – ScienceHideout

The chemistry guys are back and this time the Science is Spooky! Learn the lab secrets of these mad scientists and take some recipes home to create your own Halloween magic.

October - Grossology
Join the ghoulish Halloween fun as we look at the science behind Halloween magic.

Community Makers for October 25th – Poor Man’s Props and our Richard Jeryan, President of Complex Weavers

Shake, rattle, and weave! Join the fun as we host two makers this month. Poor Man Props, a Southeast Michigan based Halloween prop building club, was founded in 2013. Members share their expertise in electronics, welding, wood working, etc. to help team mates create Halloween props. Richard Jeryan is a master weaver and President of Complex Weavers, an international guild of weavers dedicated to expanding the boundaries of hand weaving and the sharing of innovative ideas.

November - Touchdown with Gridiron Glory
Come Salute our newest exhibit, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and salute the sport of football by creating your own charging football player.

Community Maker for November 29th

Veteran musician and Maker Faire inventor Curtis Glatter will be hosting a workshop about his newest multi-functional musical invention called Multiplexica2014. Four years in the Making, the invention was premiered at the 2014 Maker Faire Detroit.

December - High-Tech Candles
Make your holiday cards pop with this cool light-up greeting card project.

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All activities are free with museum admission.

MEMBERS free of charge
NONMEMBER SENIORS ages 62 & up, $16
ADULTS ages 13-61, $18
YOUTH ages 5-12, $13.50
CHILDREN 4 & under, free

Parking is $5 per vehicle.

what to bring, what to wear

The exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum are spread across several acres, all indoors. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to rent for a fee at the IMAX® and Clocktower entrances. Electric scooter supplies are limited; please arrive early if you plan to rent one. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchairs, electric scooters and children's strollers; however, upright electric scooters (Segways) are not allowed on the premises.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in most areas of the museum.


Tickets to the Henry Ford Museum are available online, through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm) at 313.982.6001 and at all admissions counters. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at IMAX® Will Call. 

The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report