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Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s Exhibit Preview
April 25, 2013 (7pm-10pm)
Be among the first to discover why millions of Americans traveled to world’s fairs in the 1930s for a glimpse of the future during an evening of cocktails, conversation and celebration of Henry Ford Museum’s latest limited-engagement exhibition. Explore the modernist spectacle of architecture and design while tapping your toes to the 'jazzy tunes of The Sugar Snaps.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s brings together nearly 200 artifacts of these fairs in a never-before-seen experience at Henry Ford Museum. Included in the exhibition are building models, architectural remnants, furniture, ephemera, period film footage and Elektro the Moto-Man robot.

  Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s was organized by the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.

This exhibition has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities*: Because democracy demands wisdom; and the National Endowment for the Arts.
*Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Learn more about the Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s exhibit.


Tickets: $40 per person

  • Light hors d'oeuvres
  • Two drink tickets

Make your reservations now by calling 313.982.6001 or online.

what to bring, what to wear
The exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum are spread across several acres; all indoors. Comfortable clothing and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to rent for a fee at the IMAX and Clock tower 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 premises.

Photography, food and drink are strictly prohibited in the exhibit area.

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.
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