Past Exhibits

PAW Patrol: Adventure Play (2024)
February 18, 2024-April 28, 2024
The heroic PAW Patrol pups need your help in Adventure Bay! You and your family will join Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Everest, Rocky, Zuma and Tracker as you explore your unique abilities, overcome challenges and help friends. There's no job too big and no pup too small!

Mandela: The Official Exhibition (2023-2024)
October 21, 2023-January 15, 2024
An immersive and interactive experience, the exhibition features previously unseen film, photos and the display of over 150 historical artifacts and personal effects on loan from the Mandela family, museums and archives worldwide. Through a series of immersive zones — each one a dramatically different experience — you will be taken on a journey through his remarkable life. His epic story is told in a series of experiential galleries, from his rural childhood home through years of turbulent struggle against the apartheid regime to his eventual vindication and final years as South Africa’s first democratically elected president.

Julia Child: A Recipe for Life (2023)
May 20, 2023-September 10, 2023
Julia Child’s insatiable curiosity and tenacious spirit drove her to endlessly try, test, prove and communicate how to make delicious food. Learning to cook empowered Julia, and she in turn empowered others, profoundly transforming American cuisine and food culture. Julia Child: A Recipe for Life explores the key ingredients that led to Julia’s personal evolution and America’s culinary revolution.

SCOOBY-DOO!™ Mansion Mayhem (2023)
February 12, 2023-April 9, 2023
For over five decades, the members of Mystery Inc. have shown that through courage, teamwork, and ingenuity, even the toughest mysteries can be solved. They have another mystery on their hands in Scooby-Doo!™ Mansion Mayhem! A jewel-thieving ghost has dodged the police and was last seen in this spooky mansion. Can you meddling kids (and grown-ups, too!) help the gang solve the mystery in this immersive exhibit?

Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume (2022-2023)
June 21, 2022-January 1, 2023
Featuring more than 70 original pieces, this limited-engagement exhibition at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation explores the vision, process and craft used to create the costumes worn by some of the biggest names in entertainment.

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 (2020-2021)
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 (2019-2020)
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 (2018-2019)
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 (2016-2017)
November 5, 2016-April 3, 2017
Walk through a living catalog of American style that spans 130 years and tells an engaging epic of American style and spirit through the lives of the entrepreneurial Roddis family.