Past  Exhibits

Apollo: When We Went to the Moon (2022)
February 19, 2022 – May 8, 2022
Apollo: When We Went to the Moon is an out-of-this-world glimpse into the cultural, technological and political context of the moon landing, touching down at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories (2021-2022)
October 23, 2021 – January 2, 2022
What makes an object museum-worthy? Collecting Mobility: New Objects, New Stories takes you behind the scenes at The Henry Ford to show you how we continue to grow our vast collection of more than 26 million artifacts, from everyday items to technological breakthroughs.

The Jim Henson Exhibition: Imagination Unlimited (2021)
June 5, 2021 – September 6, 2021
This exhibition explores Henson’s unique contributions to the moving image, and how he and a talented team of designers, performers, and writers created an unparalleled body of work that continues to delight and inspire people of all ages.

Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes (2020)
July 16, 2020 – January 31, 2021
An exhibition for the hero in all of us. From comics to film, Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 artifacts, including some of Marvel’s most iconic and sought-after pages, costumes and props. Spectacular artifacts thrill both avid collectors and casual fans, while immersive set pieces, soundscapes and interactive elements bring the Marvel Universe to life in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO® Bricks (2019)
October 12, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Step into a larger-than-life LEGO® wonderland featuring the world's most iconic skyscrapers. Explore eye-popping towers, then build your own from over 200,000 LEGO® bricks and add it to the growing metropolis.

Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds (2019)
May 11, 2019 - September 2, 2019
Set a course for Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation to experience Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds, a fully immersive, limited-engagement exhibition. Navigate through more than 100 rare artifacts and props, including the original U.S.S. Enterprise navigation console. Beam yourself into the action with the transporter simulator and the KHAAAN! scream booth, and discover how this iconic franchise has inspired generations to explore and innovate for over 50 years.

Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms (2019)
October 13, 2018-January 13, 2019
What does freedom mean today? Experience the power of Norman Rockwell’s iconic depictions of President Franklin Roosevelt’s ideas at Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Born amid the turmoil of World War II, the Four Freedoms have since become one of its greatest legacies, a testament to the importance of human rights and dignity. Brought forward by one of America’s greatest presidents and immortalized by one of its most beloved artists, the Four Freedoms continue to inspire, resonating across generations as strongly today as they did in their time.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames (2018)
May 5 - September 3, 2018
Get inside the minds and the workspace of Charles and Ray Eames, two of the 20th century’s most influential designers. At The World of Charles and Ray Eames hundreds of the couple’s most enduringly influential works, including architecture, furniture, films and more, come together to form an inspiring visual adventure full of color and ideas.

Engines Exposed (2018)
January 13 - February 28, 2018
Look under theses hoods for incredible stories of grit and imagination that drive us forward.

The Science Behind Pixar (2017-2018)
October 14, 2017 - March 18, 2018
Enjoy a unique look into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of the most beloved animated films and their characters.

House Industries: A Type of Learning (2017)
May 27, 2017 - September 4, 2017
House Industries: A Type of Learning is a physical representation of the creative process. The exhibit shows how childhood interests in drawing led to creating fonts that help the world communicate; how hot-rodding and punk rock influences reinforced a hands-on approach to problem-solving; and how personal interests can inspire innovation.

Engines Exposed (2017)
January 14-February 28, 2017
Look under theses hoods for incredible stories of grit and imagination that drive us forward.

American Style and Spirit: 130 Years of Fashions and Lives of an Entrepreneurial Family
November 5, 2016 - April 3, 2017
Walk through a living catalog of American style spanning 130 years through the lives of the entrepreneurial Roddis family — tell an engaging epic of American style and spirit.

Engines Exposed (2016)
January 9-February 28, 2016
Look under theses hoods for incredible stories of grit and imagination that drive us forward.

Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition
April 30, 2016 - September 18, 2016
Follow the Beatles' iconic story from the very beginning, through the throes of Beatlemania, to the years of experimentation and dissention, and finally to their far-reaching inspiration today. 

Roadside America: From the Lens of John Margolies (2015-2016)
June 20, 2015-January 24, 2016
It’s an all-American road trip you won’t want to miss. John Margolies has spent decades photographing the quirks and ingenuity of America’s roadside architecture.

Engines Exposed (2015)
January 10–March 15, 2015
A look under the hood at more than 40 memorable engines on the Museum floor, including our Bugatti Type 41 Royale Convertible, our 1948 Tucker 48 Sedan, the 1963 Chrysler Gas Turbine and the remarkable 1916 Woods Dual Power Hybrid Coupe, a car 80 years ahead of its time.

Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2014–2015)
October 3, 2014–January 4, 2015
An exclusive exhibition of football’s most iconic artifacts, celebrating the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary.

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power (2014)
May 17–August 17, 2014
A collection of artifacts from the women who shaped the world of music, direct from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Engines Exposed (2014)
January 11-March 16, 2014
Look under theses hoods for incredible stories of grit and imagination that drive us forward.

James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition™ (2013–2014)
October 26, 2013–January 26, 2014
An adventure behind the scenes of the record-breaking film, including special IMAX screenings and a look at the technology used to create the world of Pandora.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s (2013)
April 27–September 2, 2013
An exploration of the modernist architecture and design witnessed by visitors to World’s Fairs between 1933 and 1940: visions of a brighter future during the worst economic crisis the United States has known.

LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition (2012–2013)
November 3, 2012–February 24, 2013
Some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks, recreated in miniature—using only LEGO® bricks.

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition (2012)
March 31–September 30, 2012
The largest touring exhibition of items from the Titanic, including over 300 artifacts, extensive room re-creations, and a full-scale replicas of the Grand Staircase.

The Wizard of Oz Children’s Educational Exhibition (2011–2012)
October 1, 2011–January 9, 2012
The first ever Warner Bros. Consumer Products licensed traveling educational exhibit based on the beloved movie classic.

Discovering the Civil War Exhibit (2011)
May 21–September 5, 2011
Rare and original Civil War stories, photos, and artifacts gathered by the National Archives to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the conflict between the states.

George Washington Carver (20102011)
November 6, 2010–February 28, 2011
A look at the life and work of agricultural visionary George Washington Carver.

PLAY (2010)
June 19–September 19, 2010
Bowling, dominos, foosball, and more favorite games, reimagined in larger-than-life, all-body interactive fashion.

Good Design: Stories from Herman Miller (2010)
February 6–April 25, 2010
Work from famed Herman Miller designers, such as George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames, shows that furniture can be both beautiful and functional.

Engines Exposed (2010)
January 9 – January 31, 2010
A look under the hood of many memorable vehicles in the Museum.

LEGO® Castle Adventure (2009–2010)
October 10, 2009–January 3, 2010
Build and explore medieval castles with large-scale versions of LEGO® blocks.

Rock Stars’ Cars & Guitars 2 (2009)
May 16–September 7, 2009
A collection of 20 new cars and 50 guitars from rock and roll’s elite.

Out of this World: Extraordinary Costumes from Film and Television (2008–2009)
October 11, 2008–January 11, 2009
Costumes from popular films and television shows, such as Batman, Indiana Jones, and Star Trek provide a new perspective on the world of visual storytelling.

Chocolate: The Exhibition (2008)
May 31–September 7, 2008
A journey through the history of America’s favorite sweet treat, including video, interactive displays, and over 200 artifacts.

Quilting Genius 2: The Improvisational Quilts of Susana Allen Hunter (2008)
February 15–April 27, 2008
A poignant look at daily life for African Americans living in the Jim Crow South through a collection of 30 unique quilts created by Susana Allen Hunter from the 1930s to the 1970s.

Best of Friends: Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi (2007–2008)
November 3, 2007–January 15, 2008Explore the unique genius and deep friendship of two of the world’s most forward-thinking designers through the artistic and architectural pieces created from Fuller and Noguchi’s shared vision of life as an exploration of ideas.

Rock Stars' Cars & Guitars (2007)
June 9–September 30, 2007
The original exhibition of cars, guitars, and other memorabilia collected from some of rock and roll’s biggest icons.

The Eames Lounge Chair: An Icon of Modern Design (2007)
February 3–April 29, 2007
More than 30 objects from the creative design partnership of Charles and Ray Eames, the duo who revolutionized the world of furniture design in form and function, celebrate the 50th anniversary of an iconic chair.

Tasha Tudor's Spirit of the Holidays (2006–2007)
November 4, 2006–January 1, 2007
Timeless imagery of the holiday season, including rarely-seen original works from the artist and cherished mementos of Tudor’s own childhood.

Baseball as America (2006)
March 11–September 5, 2006
A special collection of baseball’s most significant artifacts, organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Behind the Magic: 50 Years of Disneyland® (2005–2006)
September 30, 2005–January 8, 2006
The first exhibition of Walt Disney Imagineering art and artifacts focused on Disneyland to be widely displayed in the United States, including 250 pieces of original Imagineering artwork, hand-crafted models, construction drawings, and marketing materials tracing the growth and history of the California landmark.

Vintage Couture: The 1920s–1960s Fashions of Elizabeth Parke Firestone (2005)
March 4–July 13, 2005
The world of high fashion and sophisticated style through 50 dresses and 200 accessories from one of America’s best dressed women, Elizabeth Parke Firestone.

Heads Up! Historic Parade Figures 1940s–1980s (20042005)
November 23, 2004–January 2, 2005
Approximately 72 papier-mâché parade heads created from 1940 through the 1980s, on loan from The Parade Company for the first time.

Disco: A Decade of Saturday Nights (2004)
June 15–September 15, 2004
Explore the soundtrack to the sexual revolution and a hugely influential musical trend that still invokes nostalgia and touches dance floors around the world.

Quilting Genius (2004)
February 14–May 9, 2004
Learn how quilters—most of them women—take ordinary scraps on hand and turn them into something extraordinary.

Bond, James Bond (2003–2004)
June 20, 2003–January 11, 2004
Behind-the-scenes exploration of the world-class production processes that made Bond films an international phenomenon.