Press Releases

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

2018 Press Releases

September 6, 2018

The Henry Ford and STEMIE Coalition Join Forces to Strengthen Hands-on and Virtual Invention Education Offerings in All 50 States, Across the Globe

The Henry Ford and the STEMIE Coalition announced today they are joining forces to bring invention and entrepreneur education to students around the world through The Henry Ford’s unparalleled Archive of American Innovation and STEMIE’s global reach through its network of affiliate and partner organizations.

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July 18, 2018

Ninth Annual Maker Faire Detroit Presented by GE Digital Returns to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, July 28-29

On July 28 -29, hundreds of makers from across the globe will bring their wares, ideas, inventions and solutions to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Maker Faire Detroit is the Midwest’s largest two-day festival dedicated to unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and forward thinking.

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May 23, 2018

Hundreds of Nation’s Top Student Inventors to Compete at Third Annual K-12 National Invention Convention at The Henry Ford

The nation’s top student inventors will compete on June 1st at the third annual K-12 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) presented by United Technologies Corporation at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn, Michigan.

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April 12, 2018

The World of Charles and Ray Eames Makes U.S. Premiere at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, May 5- Sept. 13, 2018

Beginning May 5, guests can go inside the minds of two of the 20th century’s most influential designers, Charles and Ray Eames, at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Making its U.S. premiere, The World of Charles and Ray Eames, explores the couple’s careers and the extraordinary work of the Eames Office.

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April 9, 2018

PNC Bank Supports Tinkering for Tots Early Childhood Program at The Henry Ford with $210,000 Three-Year Sponsorship

The Henry Ford, PNC Bank, N.A. and PNC Foundation will offer year-round early childhood programming at the historic destination, it was announced today. Under a new three-year, $210,000 sponsorship, PNC Bank will help The Henry Ford provide STEAM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics) programming for preschool visitors to the museum.

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March 20, 2018

Southeast Michigan Cultural Institutions Partner to Form Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility

Southeast Michigan cultural institutions are proud to announce they have partnered to form the Michigan Alliance for Cultural Accessibility (MACA), with the mission to become more accessible and inclusive for people of all abilities. Founding institutions include: The Henry Ford, Michigan Science Center, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Zoological Society, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Arab American National Museum, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. CultureSource is also a supporting partner of MACA.

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January 22, 2018

The Henry Ford Celebrates Record Attendance for Signature Programs

The Henry Ford’s signature events had a record-setting year in 2017. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village drew in more than 67,000 guests and Holiday Nights broke records for the third year in a row with more than 93,000 guests.

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January 17, 2018

The Henry Ford Named 2018 Host of K-12 National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo

Hundreds of award-winning K-12 inventors from across the nation and around the world will gather at The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation on June 1, 2018 to compete for top awards in youth invention at The STEMIE Coalition’s annual National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) presented by United Technologies Corporation. Mo Rocca, star of The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation on CBS will serve as emcee for the NICEE Awards Ceremony.

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2017 Press Releases

December 8, 2017

The Henry Ford Acquires Original 1972 Blue Box

The Henry Ford announced the new acquisition of a 1972 Blue Box, designed and built by Steve Wozniak and marketed for sale by Steve Jobs. Created to make free illegal phone calls, Blue Boxes were the first joint business venture between the two innovators, three years before the founding of Apple Computer Inc. in 1976.

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October 17, 2017

General Motors Contributes $5 Million to The Henry Ford

General Motors has contributed $5 million to The Henry Ford, it was announced by Patricia Mooradian, President and CEO of The Henry Ford.

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October 3, 2017

New and Favorite Characters Meet During Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village

Experience a new path lit by more than 1,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns and meet costumed characters including the Mad Hatter and March Hare who will be having a tea party with the Queen of Hearts, the Bride of Frankenstein, Madam Zaza and more during Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village, Oct. 13-15, 19-22 and 26-29.

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September 28, 2017

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Presents The Science Behind Pixar

Beginning October 14, 2017, visitors to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will be inspired by the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters, with The Science Behind Pixar. This interactive 10,000 square foot exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen.

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September 20, 2017

Mathematica Exhibition from the Office of Charles and Ray Eames opens inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Sept. 23

The Henry Ford will open its newest permanent exhibition, Mathematica: A World of Numbers…And Beyond inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Conceptualized, designed and realized by Charles and Ray Eames in 1961, the exhibition conveys the world of numbers and mathematics through interactivity to make the subject more digestible for everyone. Mathematica uses kinetic installations, models, timelines, quotations, imagery, and physical interaction to explain mathematical phenomena, ideas and applications.

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August 24, 2017

Ragtime America Comes to Life at the 67th Annual Old Car Festival inside Greenfield Village, Sept. 9-10

On September 9-10, America’s longest-running antique car show returns to Greenfield Village to immerse guests in the moving stories, sounds and innovations of the early automotive era. This year’s Old Car Festival celebrates the centennial of Lincoln Motor Company and brings to life the eras of American history represented by more than 600 historic vehicles dating from the turn of the century to the Great Depression.

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August 1, 2017

The Henry Ford and House Industries Present An Evening with Artist and Designer Paul Frank inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Aug. 10

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will host world-famous artist and designer, Paul Frank as he shares an in-depth look at the 22-year history of his brand in honor of the limited-engagement exhibit House Industries: A Type of Learning. During the evening, Paul Frank himself will reveal how he created a global phenomenon starting with the hand crafted accessories he made in his garage and his iconic cast of characters, including “Julius the Monkey.”

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July 24, 2017

8th Annual Maker Faire Detroit Presented by GE Digital Detroit Returns to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, July 29-30

Maker Faire Detroit is the Midwest’s largest two-day festival dedicated to unconventional ingenuity, unbridled creativity and forward thinking. Now in its eighth year, the event welcomes GE Digital Detroit as presenting sponsor. Featuring robots, rockets, virtual reality, 3D printing, handmade crafts, life-size sculptures, hands-on activities, demonstrations and much more, Maker Faire Detroit has something for the whole family.

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July, 10, 2017

The Henry Ford Hosts 24-Hour War Screening and Panel inside Giant Screen Experience

The Henry Ford will host a special screening of The 24 Hour War, a documentary highlighting the historic Ford-Ferrari rivalry at Le Mans, inside the Giant Screen Experience. The evening also features a panel discussion moderated comedian, radio personality, actor and podcaster Adam Carolla, film’s director/producer, and includes guests Henry Ford III, Raj Nair, Executive Vice President and President, North America for Ford Motor Company and members of Ford Motor Company’s Le Mans program.

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June 26, 2017

New Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass Now Open inside Greenfield Village

The Henry Ford announced today that the Davidson-Gerson Gallery of Glass, its newest permanent exhibition inside Greenfield Village, is now open. The new gallery traces the history of American glassmaking from the 18th century through the present, including works by important designers like Louis Comfort Tiffany and contemporary masters of the Studio Glass movement.

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June 9, 2017

Henry Ford Academy Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Henry Ford Academy, a four-year public charter high school located on the campus of The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, celebrates its 20th anniversary as a successful example of public schools in public spaces.

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May 22, 2017

The Henry Ford Celebrates House Industries: A Type of Learning With Opening Party on June 8

Join The Henry Ford and House Industries to celebrate the opening of the new limited-engagement exhibition House Industries: A Type of Learning. The evening kicks-off at 6:30 pm on June 8 at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation with short presentations from House Industries co-founders Andy Cruz and Rich Roat plus their longtime co-conspirator Ken Barber.

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April 26, 2017

William C. Ford III joins The Henry Ford Board of Trustees

The Henry Ford announced today that William C. Ford III has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of its Board of Trustees. Ford joins 23 other business, civic and education leaders on the institution’s board.

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April 26, 2017

Hendrik Meijer, Executive Chairman of Meijer, Inc. joins The Henry Ford Board of Trustees

Hendrik Meijer, executive chairman of Meijer, Inc. in Grand Rapids, has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Board of Trustees at The Henry Ford. Meijer joins 23 other business, civic and education leaders on the institution’s board.

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April 26, 2017

Eliza Hudson Kontulis joins The Henry Ford Board of Trustees

The Henry Ford announced today that Eliza Hudson Kontulis has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of its Board of Trustees. Kontulis joins 23 other business, civic and education leaders on the institution’s board.

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April 26, 2017

Call for Makers Now Open for Maker Faire Detroit 2017 Presented by GE Digital Detroit

The call for entries is now open for Maker Faire Detroit 2017 at The Henry Ford. Now in its eighth year, this unique, two-day, family-friendly event welcomes GE Digital Detroit as presenting sponsor. Maker Faire Detroit will be held July 29-30, 2017, from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

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March 1, 2017

The Henry Ford Hosts Innovator Kimberly Bryant at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation March 18

On Saturday, March 18, 2017, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will host innovator and founder of Black Girls CODE Kimberly Bryant to share her personal story, as part of its Innovator Speakers Series at 1 pm inside the museum plaza.

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February 13, 2017

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation Celebrates National Engineers Week

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation celebrates the problem solvers who dream big and make a difference during National Engineers Week, February 17 -25. The week’s activities include special guest speakers, demonstrations from Kettering University and the University of Michigan, the early release of the new film – “Dream Big: Engineering Our World” inside the Giant Screen Experience and hands-on activities for all ages.

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January 23, 2017

New Name Reflects Henry Ford Museum’s Commitment to Inspire Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

The Henry Ford is proud to announce it will be changing the name of Henry Ford Museum to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation beginning today, January 23, 2017. While the name of the overall destination remains The Henry Ford, the organization is extending Henry Ford Museum’s name to better convey the core idea of innovation that threads throughout its key collection.

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1/05/2017

The Henry Ford Celebrates Highest Attendance since 2012

The Henry Ford’s attractions and signature events had a record-setting year in 2016 with more than 1.78 million guests visiting the institution’s campus, a five-percent increase from 2015. This is the highest attendance for the institution since 2012.

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2016 Press Releases

10/12/2016

American Style and Spirit: 130 years of Fashions and Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family Opens Inside Henry Ford Museum Nov. 5

Starting November 5 through April 2, 2017, guests to Henry Ford Museum can take a closer look at one family’s unique story preserved through their collection of clothing spanning generations inside the new temporary exhibition American Style and Spirit: 130 Years of Fashions and Lives of an Entrepreneurial family.

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10/05/2016

The Henry Ford Announces New Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery Opening Oct. 14 inside Henry Ford Museum

On October 14, 2016, The Henry Ford will open the new Davidson-Gerson Modern Glass Gallery inside Henry Ford Museum. Spanning the Studio Glass movement’s founding in 1962 through the present, the new glass gallery features The Henry Ford’s world-class collection and showcases key artists’ creativity and ingenuity.

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05/06/2016

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Receives 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Award and Multiple 37th Annual Telly Awards

The Henry Ford announced today that in partnership with Litton Entertainment, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation has been honored for the second consecutive year by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) with a Daytime Emmy® Award for Outstanding Writing Special Class.

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04/14/2016

The Henry Ford Launches All-New Reimagined Website

New site provides visitors with a user-friendly experience on any device and makes it easy to plan a visit, buy tickets and dive deeper into the more than 52,000 digitized artifacts and inspiring and educational stories from The Henry Ford’s Archive of American Innovation.

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04/01/2016

Call to Makers Now Open for Maker Faire Detroit 2016 at The Henry Ford

Now in its seventh year, the two-day, family-friendly event promises to bring makers from all over the nation to celebrate their unbridled creativity and resourcefulness through unique displays and hands-on activities.

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March 24, 2016

The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Receives Three Nominations for 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards

The Henry Ford announced today that in partnership with Litton Entertainment, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation has been honored for the second consecutive year by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) with three nominations for the 43rd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.

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March 22, 2016

The Henry Ford Hosts Special Evening with Former Secret Service Agent Clint Hill May 16, 2016

On Monday, May 16, 2016, The Henry Ford will host New York Times bestselling authors, former Secret Service agent Clint Hill and co-author Lisa McCubbin to discuss their new book, “Five Presidents- My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.” Guests will hear the fascinating firsthand accounts of Mr. Hill’s 17 year career protecting the highest office in the nation.

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March 3, 2016

The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience Opens April 4th

Starting April 4th, guests will get a re-invented cinematic experience complete with new 4K digital state-of-the-art projection system, sound, screen and seating when The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience opens. The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience will feature unique programs including a venue for the Cinetopia International Film Festival in June, a Thursday Night Flix series and feature films that further explore the people, places, themes and ideas that bring the American experience to life.

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February 2, 2016

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition

Get ready for the British Invasion at Henry Ford Museum. Beginning April 30, 2016, The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition will take visitors on an unprecedented journey of the Fab Four’s ground-breaking career that’s not to be missed. The Magical History Tour offers guests the opportunity to retrace the steps of the Beatles and the way in which they changed the music industry and influenced American pop culture with the best private collection ever assembled, that highlights their formatives years in Liverpool and Hamburg, the screaming fans across the world and goes into the studio for the creation of some of the most innovative music in history.

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January 5, 2016

Auto Enthusiasts Get First-time Glimpse Under the Hoods of Some of the Most Iconic Vehicles in the World During Engines Exposed at Henry Ford Museum

Beginning January 9 through February 28, auto enthusiasts will have the very rare opportunity to look under the hoods of some of the most iconic vehicles ever made during Engines Exposed at Henry Ford Museum. More than 50 vehicles inside the Driving America exhibit will have their hoods popped, including a first-time look at the 1896 Ford Quadricycle, the 1932 Ford V8, the 1937 Cord 812 and the 1962 Ford Mustang I.

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