Press Releases

Enjoy our latest press releases and announcements of new acquisitions and exhibits, upcoming events, and organizational improvements.

2022 Press Releases

August 29, 2022

Second Annual Invention Convention Globals presented by Pratt & Whitney Honors 174 Young Inventors from Across Two Hemispheres, Four Countries

On August 26, 2022, 174 young inventors from participating Invention Convention Nationals programs in the United States, Mexico, Singapore, and China were honored during the second annual Invention Convention Globals, presented by Pratt & Whitney.

August 24, 2022

1985 Modena Spyder “Ferris Bueller Car” on Display at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation as part of Hagerty Drivers Foundation Showcase

Starting this month, the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, in partnership with the Hagerty Drivers Foundation, welcomes a rotating selection from the National Historic Vehicle Register’s prestigious group of culturally significant automobiles.

August 18, 2022

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards, presented by Raytheon Technologies Recognizes America’s Most Inspiring Educators

Now more than ever, teachers are finding ways to inspire outside of the classroom. Today, The Henry Ford is proud to announce the educators from across the country who have gone above and beyond for their students as part of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards, presented by Raytheon Technologies.

July 25, 2022

Miniature Moments – A Journey through Hallmark® Keepsake Ornaments Featuring Nearly 7,000 Ornaments Opens inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Nov. 20th, 2022

On November 20th, the most comprehensive collection of Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments ever assembled will officially open inside the new permanent exhibit Miniature Moments – a Journey through Hallmark® Keepsake Ornaments at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

June 20, 2022

The Henry Ford partners with ITC to expand energy education and inspire innovation

The Henry Ford is partnering with ITC Holdings Corp., the largest independent transmission company in the United States, to educate and inspire its community of learners and the next generation of inventors about how electricity enables innovation.

May 25, 2022

Student Inventors from Across the Country Return to The Henry Ford for Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals June 1 – June 3, 2022

The Henry Ford is proud to announce the return of Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals to its campus June 1-June 3, 2022. The seventh annual event once again takes place inside The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation where more than 300 students from across the country can display their inventions alongside the greatest innovations in American history.

May 11, 2022

Summer Happens at The Henry Ford with Motor Muster Powered by Hagerty, Salute to America, and more

Fireworks, muscle cars, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and all the familiar sounds of summer are back in 2022 at The Henry Ford. From a new temporary exhibition to familiar favorites, there’s something for everyone this season.

May 4, 2022

The Henry Ford Receives $3 Million from the Mort & Brigitte Harris Foundation

The Henry Ford announced today that it has received a $3 million gift from the Mort & Brigitte Harris Foundation.

April 25, 2022

The Walt Disney Archives Presents Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume Opens June 25, 2022, inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford today announced the June 25, 2022 opening of Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume in partnership with the Walt Disney Archives.

April 20, 2022

Invention Convention Michigan Presented by Delta Dental of Michigan Returns Onsite to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation April 30

Invention Convention Michigan presented by Delta Dental of Michigan returns to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Saturday, April 30th. The event returns to The Henry Ford’s campus. after two years of a virtual celebration with more than 160 students from grades 3-12 showcasing their innovative problem-solving skills.

April 6, 2022

Greenfield Village Reopens for 2022 Season April 16 with First Permanent Addition in More Than 20 Years

Greenfield Village reopens for its 2022 season Saturday, April 16th with an exclusive members-only preview on Friday, April 15. Visitors will get a first look at the historic Detroit Central Market building over opening weekend and participate in curator-led tours through the space. The building is the first permanent addition to Greenfield Village since the Detroit, Toledo and Milwaukee Roundhouse in 2000.

February 23, 2022

Final Call for Entries for The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards presented by Raytheon Technologies

Do you know a teacher who has inspired others to challenge the limits of what’s possible? The Henry Ford is once again recognizing America’s most innovative educators with the eighth annual The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards presented by Raytheon Technologies.

February 9, 2022

The Henry Ford Announces Partnership with Access Program for Low-Income Families, Museums for All

The Henry Ford announced it has joined Museums for All, a signature access program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

January 5, 2022

The Henry Ford Announces New Experiences and Exhibitions for 2022

The new year brings endless discovery, wonder and tradition – both time-honored and new – to The Henry Ford. Blockbuster traveling exhibits, a permanent exhibition, new experiences and familiar favorites will have something for everyone to enjoy both inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and outside in Greenfield Village in 2022.

2021 Press Releases

November 16, 2021

The Henry Ford Acquires Multimedia Archive of Artist and Pioneer Lillian F. Schwartz

The Henry Ford is proud to announce today the acquisition of the Lillian F. Schwartz Collection. Comprised of over 5,000 2D and 3D items, the collection contains Schwartz’s artwork, personal papers, photographs, books and more, spanning from her childhood into her late career.

October 13, 2021

Annual Favorites Return to The Henry Ford this Holiday Season

Ice skating, caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, festive pop-up exhibits, and fan-favorite dining experiences make their return this holiday season at The Henry Ford. Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation are getting in the holiday spirit beginning November 22 inside the museum, and December 3, with the kick-off of Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village, presented by Citizens.

September 29, 2021

Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories

How does an object get added to a museum’s collection? The Henry Ford’s latest limited-engagement exhibition, Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories answers just that, taking guests behind-the-scenes and showing how the museum continues to grow its vast collection of more than 26 million artifacts.

September 15, 2021

Tickets Going Fast for Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer

Tickets for The Henry Ford’s one-of-a-kind Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, presented by Meijer, are going fast. Hosted over 16 nights Oct. 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., the 40-plus-year tradition features newly imagined storybook experiences, 1,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns, ghostly performances, and the return of Fall Flavor Weekend-inspired programming. Due to popular demand, and limited capacity, guests are advised to purchase tickets in advance at thf.org as only a few evening slots remain available

August 25, 2021

The Henry Ford and its Invention Convention Worldwide Partners Honor 185 Inventors in First Ever Invention Convention Globals presented by Raytheon Technologies

On August 20, 2021, 185 students from participating Invention Convention Nationals programs in the United States, Mexico, Singapore, and China were honored during the first-ever Invention Convention Globals, presented by Raytheon Technologies.

August 3, 2021

Old Car Festival Powered by Hagerty, Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer and More Return this Fall at The Henry Ford

Antique automobiles, 1,000 hand-carved jack-o-lanterns, fall traditions and so much more, happen only at The Henry Ford. The fun continues this fall with the return of Old Car Festival, powered by Hagerty, Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer, and the opening of a brand-new temporary exhibition inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Aug, 2, 2021

THF Conversations Hosts Back to School with Sesame Workshop: An Innovative Approach to Inclusion & Diversity Education, Aug. 12th, 2021

On August 12th at 5:30 pm, The Henry Ford will host Sesame Workshop’s Akimi Gibson, Vice President & Education Publisher, Sesame Learning and Dr. Rosemarie T. Truglio, Senior Vice President, Curriculum and Content for THF Conversations: Back to School with Sesame Workshop: An Innovative Approach to Inclusion & Diversity Education. Hosted over Zoom and in collaboration with The Henry Ford’s inHub, the virtual conversation focuses on Sesame Workshop’s research on effective and innovative ways to discuss race, identity, and being an “upstander” with the youngest learners. The discussion will be hosted by The Henry Ford’s Senior Manager of Learning Services and On-Site Programs Phil Grumm.

June 25, 2021

Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2021, Powered by The Henry Ford Honors More than 60 Student Inventors During Virtual Ceremony

On June 24, 2021, more than 60 students from across the nation were honored for their problem-solving inventions inspired by current global issues or difficulties found in their everyday lives, during the Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, powered by The Henry Ford. Raytheon Technologies has been a partner and presenting sponsor of Invention Convention U.S. Nationals since 2016. The sixth annual event marks the first time Raytheon Technologies has joined as the title sponsor. More than 400 award-winning K-12 inventors participated in this year’s virtual event hosted by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation correspondent Albert Lawrence.

May 26, 2021

Summer Happens at The Henry Ford with Salute to America: Summer Stroll and the return of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to Greenfield Village June 30 – July 3

Music, fireworks and safe fun for the whole family will happen this summer at The Henry Ford. After a pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, The Henry Ford and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) are continuing their more than 25-year partnership in 2021 with a safe expression of the traditional Salute to America event. Salute to America: Summer Stroll will take place in Greenfield Village Wednesday June 30 thru Saturday, July 3 from 6 pm to 10 pm. Member tickets are officially on sale today, May 26, with non-member tickets on sale Wednesday, June 2.

May 24, 2021

THF Conversations Hosts Winning at Le Mans: Exploring the Ford GT’s 2016 return to the 24 hours of Le Mans’ Winner’s Circle 50 Years to the Day of Ford’s 1966 Victory June 15, at 6:30 pm

On June 15 at 6:30 pm, The Henry Ford will host Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook, Ford GT driver Joey Hand and Multimatic Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer Raj Nair for THF Conversations, Winning at Le Mans: Exploring the Ford GT’s 2016 Return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ Winner’s Circle 50 Years to the Day of Ford’s 1966 Victory. Hosted over Zoom, the discussion will be moderated by The Henry Ford’s curator of transportation, Matt Anderson.

May 11, 2021

Invention Convention Michigan Sending 15 Student Inventors to Raytheon Technologies Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Powered by The Henry Ford

On April 28, 2021, The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention Michigan honored student inventors for their outstanding inventions and problem-solving solutions during a virtual awards ceremony. Based on this year’s entries, 15 student inventors from across the state will be participating in the Raytheon Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, powered by The Henry Ford, taking place virtually on June 24, 2021.

May 4, 2021

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Celebrates the Creative Vision of Jim Henson this summer in The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited

The Henry Ford is excited to announce The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited opening inside the Gallery by General Motors in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Organized by the Museum of the Moving Image (MoMI), the traveling exhibition opens June 5, 2021 through Sept. 6, 2021 and is a version of MoMI’s ongoing The Jim Henson Exhibition, on permanent view in New York City.

April 12, 2021

The Henry Ford Plans for Motor Muster to Return to Greenfield Village Father’s Day Weekend, June 19-20

This long-running auto enthusiast event is powered by Hagerty, an automotive enthusiast brand and the global leader in collector car membership products and programs.

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March 23, 2021

The Henry Ford and its Invention Convention Worldwide Partners Host First Ever Globals Competition

Comprised of selected finalists from participating Nationals programs in the United States, Mexico, Singapore and China, the judging will take place July 27-29, with an online awards ceremony slated for August 19, 2021.

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March 17, 2021

The Henry Ford Welcomes Raytheon Technologies as Title Sponsor of 6th Annual Invention Convention U.S. Nationals

Raytheon Technologies has been a partner and presenting sponsor of Invention Convention U.S. Nationals since 2016. Held virtually, this year’s competition is anticipating more than 400 participants showcasing their inventions that solve problems they see in their every day lives and issues facing our world.

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March 10, 2021

The Henry Ford Acquires Ken Block’s “Gymkhana Five” Ford Fiesta Part of New Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors

The Henry Ford is proud to announce that it has acquired the 2012 Ford Fiesta ST HFHV driven by Block in his most popular video – “KEN BLOCK'S GYMKHANA FIVE: ULTIMATE URBAN PLAYGROUND; SAN FRANCISCO” - to be a prominent part of its new Driven to Win: Racing in America, presented by General Motors exhibition that will open to the public on March 27

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March 2, 2021

The Henry Ford’s THF Conversations Will Feature Creative Powerhouse, Cultural Architect and Social Activist Eunique Jones Gibson, March 4 at 5:30 pm

Eunique Jones Gibson develops award-winning campaigns and products that ignite conversation, introspection, and social change. In 2013, after a successful career in online advertising, Gibson created the photo awareness campaign Because of Them, We Can® during Black History Month, launching her into the role of social activist.

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February 9, 2021

Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors to Open March 27th inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

This 24,000 square-foot exhibition provides visitors with an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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February 3, 2021

The Henry Ford Virtually Hosts THF Conversations with National Education Consultant and Author Zaretta Hammond Feb. 17 at 5:30 pm

The Henry Ford is proud to announce today that the institution will host Zaretta Hammond, national education consultant and author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

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February 1, 2021

The Henry Ford Announces New Experiences and Exhibitions for 2021

New limited-engagement exhibits, a permanent exhibition, brand new experiences and familiar favorites are sure to have something for everyone across the cultural institution’s venues.

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January 26, 2021

The Henry Ford names Hagerty a Partner in Innovation

The recognition highlights Hagerty’s mission to save driving and expand car culture for future generations and its commitment to generating content and experiences for automotive enthusiasts around the world.

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January 5, 2021

The Henry Ford Receives Seal of Approval from Autism of Alliance of Michigan (AAoM)

The endorsement is given by AAoM to businesses and organizations in Michigan who demonstrate a conscious effort to accommodate and include individuals with autism in community activities that all families enjoy.

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2020 Press Releases

November 11, 2020

The Henry Ford Reaches Milestone with 100,000 Artifacts Digitized

Today, the organization is proud to announce that it has reached the important milestone of digitizing its 100,000th artifact, a photograph of the 100,000th Fordson Tractor.

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October 21, 2020

America’s Premier Holiday Celebration, Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village presented by Citizens, Returns Dec. 4, 2020

Unlike anything of its kind, Holiday Nights allows guests to experience the holidays throughout history and explore the origins of Christmas as a national holiday.

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October 15, 2020

The Henry Ford Acquires Navya Autonom Shuttle Used by Mcity

The Henry Ford announced today the acquisition of a Navya Autonom Shuttle. Donated by Mcity, a public-private connected and automated vehicle research partnership led by the University of Michigan, the vehicle was used as part of the first driverless shuttle project in the United States focused on user behavior. The research project studied how passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers interacted with the autonomous vehicle. With the shuttle, The Henry Ford also receives the extensive data processed by market research firm J.D. Power regarding rider interaction, providing a window into the reactions, concerns and doubts from some of the very first passengers to experience this technology in a routine setting.

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September 30, 2020

Linda Apsey, President and CEO, ITC Holdings Corp. and Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO, Walker-Miller Energy Services, join The Henry Ford Board of Trustees

Linda Apsey, President and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. and Carla Walker-Miller, Founder and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services (WMES), have been elected to serve three-year terms as members of the Board of Trustees at The Henry Ford. Apsey and Walker-Miller join 23 other business and civic leaders from national and global organizations.

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September 9, 2020

Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village presented by Meijer Celebrates 40th Anniversary with Reimagined Experience

Taking place over 15 nights, beginning Oct. 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31 from 4 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., this year’s event has been reimagined to ensure every guest’s visit is safe, responsible, and filled with spooky-fun.

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August 31, 2020

The Henry Ford Partners with Amesite Inc. to Create Intuitive Learning Environment through AI-Propelled Platform

This unprecedented partnership will deliver customized course materials and user experiences through a new virtual-learning platform powered by The Henry Ford, offering free and subscription-based resources to assist educators, students, and workforce in learning how to apply innovative thinking to their daily lives.

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July 29, 2020

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Returns to Seven-Day Operation Starting Aug. 3, 2020

Due to the popularity of its limited-engagement exhibition, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is returning to a seven-day operation. Beginning August 3, 2020, guests can visit the museum every day between the hours of 9:30 am – 5 pm.

July 23, 2020

The Henry Ford Announces Reactivate Support Campaign

To secure its future impact, the organization launched Reactivate The Henry Ford Fund to address the projected $10 million to $20 million budget deficit from its nearly 16-week closure.

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July 10, 2020

Student Inventors Take Home Top Honors at The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals 2020, Presented by Raytheon Technologies

The students were among nearly 500 award-winning K-12 inventors who were celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony hosted by The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation correspondent Alie Ward.

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June 22, 2020

The Henry Ford, Detroit Symphony Orchestra and WDIV partner for television event “Salute to America” on WDIV-Local 4

For the first time in its 28-year run, “Salute to America” concerts will not be held in Greenfield Village during the Fourth of July weekend.

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June 16, 2020

The Henry Ford Begins Multiphased Reopening July 2 with Member Preview

The institution’s multiphase approach begins July 2-5 with a special Member Preview Weekend for current and new members, before opening to daily visitors on July 9, 2020.

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May 28, 2020

The Henry Ford Launches Initiative to Collect America’s Stories of Innovation and Resourcefulness During Pandemic

The Henry Ford has launched a rapid response collecting initiative focusing on how Americans have responded to this continually changing crisis with resilience, creativity and innovative approaches.

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May 27, 2020

The Henry Ford’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals Participants Tackle Global Problems Through Online Competition

Innovation doesn’t stop during a pandemic, which is why The Henry Ford made the decision to move this year’s Invention Convention U.S. Nationals, presented by Raytheon Technologies, to an online competition. This year, the competition is anticipating 500 participants showcasing their inventions that solve problems facing our world.

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April 3, 2020

The Henry Ford Announces Temporary Layoffs and Salary Cuts; Extends Closure Through May 31 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

As the country continues to grapple with the Coronavirus pandemic The Henry Ford announced temporary staffing changes to help alleviate the long-term impact of the current economic downturn. The institution will remain closed through May 31.

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March 9, 2020

The Henry Ford Hosts Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Preview Party With Marvel Creators Chris Claremont and Ann Nocenti

On March 26, 2020, guests are invited to join The Henry Ford for the official preview party celebrating the Midwest premiere of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, the world’s first and most extensive exhibition covering the more than 80-year legacy and impact of the Marvel Universe.

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February 19, 2020

The Henry Ford and Plum Market Partner on Unique Plum Market Kitchen Experience Now Open Inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford and Plum Market have officially opened a joint dining experience with a unique location inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

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February 5, 2020

The Henry Ford Acquires Michael Graves Product Design Archive

The Henry Ford and Michael Graves Design (MGD) announced today that the institution has acquired MGD’s extensive product design archive as part of its permanent collection.

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January 21, 2020

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Makes Midwest Premiere at The Henry Ford, March 2020

Making its Midwest debut, the exhibition features more than 300 original artifacts, including Marvel’s earliest comic book, iconic props and costumes from film favorites, rare, hand-drawn images of iconic heroes by the artists who first designed them and more.

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January 16, 2020

Driven to Win: Racing in America presented by General Motors to Open June 2020 inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

This 24,000 square-foot exhibition provides visitors an in-depth look at the people, the experiences, the culture, the spectacle, the risks and the innovations centered in the world of American auto sports.

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January 15, 2020

The Henry Ford Exceeds Expectations Attracting More Than 1.8 Million Visitors

This is the highest attendance for the institution since 2012, when the institution hosted the widely popular Titanic exhibit.

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