Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Special Event at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

  • January 16, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

FREE Admission and Parking

Hear the words of Dr. King and let them move you today, just as they moved the nation during the 1963 March on Washington; called us to reflect on the meaning of justice in Letter from the Birmingham Jail; and encouraged us to consider the possibility of creating a lasting “beloved community” together. On this 40th anniversary of the national recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, join us in celebration and commit to action to build a stronger community together.

To continually prioritize the safety of our guests and staff, capacity will be limited and monitored at the door. If capacity is reached, please be prepared for entry delays or queues. Reservations are not required at this time.

Your Experience Includes:

  • Admission to Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
  • Free parking

Featured Events and Programs

DailyFeatured Exhibit | With Liberty and Justice for All
Explore the proud and often painful evolution of American freedom, from the Revolutionary War through the struggle for civil rights, in this groundbreaking exhibit. Visit the Rosa Parks Bus 67 68 years after Mrs. Parks’ courageous act sparked the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955. 

Speak up! We’re listening! Throughout the exhibit, you’ll also find signs with QR code survey links that encourage you to share your feedback on stories and history currently represented. We're gathering input on this 16-year-old exhibit as we explore possible updates so that it remains robust and relevant to audiences long into the future. 
Saturday, January 14 – Thursday, August 31
Pop-Up Exhibit | “How Long?”: Revisiting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy
Deepen your understanding of Dr. King’s life from his beginnings as an unknown Baptist minister to American civil rights leader and international human rights spokesperson. Located outside of With Liberty and Justice for All.
January 16, 2023
Lift Every Voice: Creating Bridges to Belonging
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Hands-on activities
11:00 – 11:25 a.m.: Morning workshop, “Lift Every Voice: What Science Tells Us About Belonging”
1:00 – 1:25 p.m.: Afternoon workshop, “Lift Every Voice: Putting It into Practice”

Join us as we learn to “Lift Every Voice” in the journey to building belonging. Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned a community in which every individual was cared for; a community with no poverty, hunger or hate. Bridging to Belonging, a program of the Interfaith Leadership Council of metro Detroit, provides learning and practice for how we can build the foundation of that community. Come participate in hands-on activities for children and adults. Located in the Drive-In Studio.
January 16, 2023
Experiment with History: Make a Button, Take a Stand 
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

They may be small, but buttons can have a huge impact. Explore the history of these important political tools and make a button to tell the world what you stand for. Located in the Museum Plaza.
January 16, 2023
Words of Freedom: Excerpts from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Join us for two live performances by actor Tony Lucas reciting some of Dr. King’s most famous speeches. Located in the Museum Plaza.
January 16, 2023
Special Screenings at Giant Screen Experience
Tickets to the following feature films are available for an additional fee.  

Amazing Grace
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Boblo Boats: A Detroit Ferry Tale
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.; 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 


January 16, 2023
Detroit Windsor Dance Academy 
2:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Join us for live dance performances. Located in the Museum Plaza.

“Stories of Black Empowerment”: THF Connect App Tour

Download the THF Connect App to take the Stories of Black Empowerment tour through the museum.

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