Greenfield Village

Tips & Policies

Does Greenfield close due to inclement weather?
Greenfield Village is a rain/snow or shine operation. No refunds or exchanges are issued by The Henry Ford due to weather. Greenfield Village does close from January 1st through April 14th due to seasonal cold and off-season maintenance.
How old is the village?
Greenfield Village was founded on October 21, 1929 as an educational and historic landmark, maintaining the buildings and stories of America’s past for future generations.
Do you need advanced reservations?
Advanced reservations are required for groups of 15 or more and strongly recommended for the Giant Screen Experience. For smaller groups of guests visiting Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village, no reservations are necessary. Please purchase your Giant Screen Experience tickets either on our website or by calling our Call Center at 313-982-6001. Group reservations must be made through our Call Center at the same number. The Henry Ford Call Center is open 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
How do I find out what special events are happening during my visit?
Visit the Current Events section for all current and future events here at The Henry Ford. You may also call the Call Center at 313-982-6001 for more information.
Are pets allowed at Greenfield Village?
No, generally, pets are not allowed on premises. Service animals are allowed with certain exceptions.
May I bring my stroller, wheelchair, or electric scooter to Greenfield Village?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own children’s strollers, small wagons, wheelchairs, or electric scooters (carts) into all venues of The Henry Ford. Children’s strollers are available for rent on a first come, first served basis for $5 per day in the Welcome Center. Children’s wagons are available for rent on a first come, first served basis for $5 per day at the Greenfield Village ticket building. Rentals require a current driver’s license to leave at the renting desk. Please note that on busy days (holidays, large/special events, and summer weekends), wagons rent out quickly and may not be available- it may be wise to make other arrangements. Complimentary children’s strollers are available at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center upon request. We do not allow bicycles, tricycles, recreational scooters, in-line skates, or roller skates of any kind.

The Henry Ford recognizes that some guests with mobility impairments use the Segway as a mobility device. As part of our commitment to making all reasonable efforts to ensure that our facility is accessible to guests with disabilities, individuals with mobility impairments are permitted to use Segway devices. Individuals without mobility impairments are not permitted to operate Segways at The Henry Ford. Segways  that are used must be brought by the guest. We do not rent Segways. Segways must be operated in a manner that does not compromise the safety of the user, other guests, the infrastructure of buildings, or the animals or grounds in Greenfield Village. Please contact us at if you have questions or will need to use a Segway on your upcoming visit.
What are the hours of Greenfield Village and The Henry Ford?
The Henry Ford Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Greenfield Village is open seven days a week from April 15 - November 1, 2016 January 1 - April 14, 2016 and Friday - Sunday from November 2 - November 29, 2016. The Village is open select nights during December 2016 for Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday; buses depart every 20 minutes, 9:20 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Giant Screen Experience is open daily; see Showtimes . The Henry Ford is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
How long does it take to visit Henry Ford Museum? Greenfield Village? Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
There is so much to see and do at The Henry Ford, there really is no set amount of time spent that will suit every visitor. We suggest combo deals and special offer tickets, including the Museum Insider's Tour, if you are interested in a “deep dive” into all of our exhibitions and programs. However, you do not need much time at all to be inspired by our brand of history—a couple of well-placed hours are all it takes for a great visit. See Things to See for an overview
May I bring food or drink into Greenfield Village?
Yes, you are welcome to bring a small amount of food or beverage into Greenfield Village; however, we have many on-site vending, snack areas, and one-of-a-kind restaurants to suit your needs. Outside alcohol is not allowed, but beer and wine are available for purchase daily and at many events.
What is your policy on smoking?
Effective May 1, 2010, Michigan State Law prohibits smoking in areas controlled by a state or local government agency, places of employment, restaurants, bars, and hotels in the state of Michigan. Smoking on The Henry Ford properties is prohibited except in designated areas. Designated areas are signed as such.

Guests to The Henry Ford may smoke in their vehicles.

Guests to Greenfield Village and the Benson Ford Research Center are permitted to smoke in the area outside Greenfield Village and the Benson Ford Research Center on the sidewalk next to the yellow service gate on Lovett Road.

Guests inside Greenfield Village are permitted to smoke:

1. On the asphalt near the gate between the Edison statue and the Tin Type Studio.

2. On the sidewalk between the entrance to Taste of History and the Stone Mill.

Guests that smoke in non-smoking areas of The Henry Ford will be asked to stop and move to the areas where smoking is permitted. Guests who do not comply will be asked to leave The Henry Ford premises.
Does The Henry Ford have regulations to ensure a safe, clean, and comfortable experience for their visitors?
The Henry Ford seeks to provide a world-class history attraction experience in an environment that is safe, clean and comfortable. To accomplish this, we have adopted a Code of Conduct and Policies for Visitors . Any behavior that is disruptive to the experience of other visitors or is destructive toward exhibits, artifacts, or the general facilities cannot be tolerated. Persons who violate these rules will be asked to leave the premises and may lose membership and/or admittance privileges. Violations perceived as criminal may result in arrest and prosecution.
Is Greenfield Village wheelchair accessible?
All public entrances to The Henry Ford, including the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Giant Screen Experience, Lovett Hall, and Benson Ford Research Center, are wheelchair accessible. Motorized doors are located at the Giant Screen Experience entrance to the Henry Ford Museum, Anderson Theatre/Ford Rouge Factory Tour bus loading doors, Benson Ford Research Center, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center.
Are there designated drop-off zones?
There are drop-off zones in front of the Henry Ford Museum (Clocktower and the Giant Screen Experience entrances) as well as in front of the Greenfield Village ticket building.
Is there handicap parking?
Handicap parking is available in the Giant Screen Experience west parking lot and on Village Road by the entrance to Greenfield Village. Be advised that on many weekends and heavily visited days, these parking spaces fill up very quickly.
Does The Henry Ford permit service animals on-site?
Certified Service Animals are welcome in all venues. The animals need to be certified and be visibly (easily) identified as service animals. Puppies in training to be service dogs, or dogs under the age of 12 months are not permitted in our venues. Please note that service animals will be in close proximity to animals in Greenfield Village, including horses, sheep, and chickens.
Are wheelchairs and motorized scooters available?
Wheelchairs and a limited number of motorized scooters are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not take advanced reservations for wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Rentals are available in the Welcome Center and in the Greenfield Village ticket building. Wheelchairs can be rented for $4.00 for the entire day and scooters can be rented for $20.00 per day. Rentals require a current driver’s license to leave at the renting desk and the completion of a rental agreement form. Please note that on busy days (holidays, large/special events, and summer weekends) the motorized scooters rent out quickly and may not be available—it may be wise to make other arrangements. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center upon request. Motorized scooters are not available for rent at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. However, Factory Tour buses can accommodate personal, smaller-model motorized scooters. Personal motorized wheelchairs, electric scooters, and wheelchairs are welcomed.
Accessible Restrooms
All restroom locations in Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Giant Screen Experience are wheelchair accessible, except for the restrooms in the Silver & Pewter and Jewelry hallways of the Museum and the restroom on the first floor of Lovett Hall. A family restroom is located in the Greenfield Village ticket building.
Accessibility at Greenfield Village
All public entrances into Greenfield Village are accessible. Sidewalks throughout Greenfield Village were installed with accessible curbs. Care should be taken when crossing streets as historic vehicles, antique bicycles, and horse-drawn vehicles use our streets on a daily basis. Railroad crossings are located near the entrance of Greenfield Village and Firestone Farm. Please approach the tracks cautiously; wheelchairs should cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle to prevent their wheels from being caught and damaged. Whenever possible, wheelchairs are admitted into historic buildings. However, not all buildings can accommodate wheelchairs or electric scooters due to the physical limitations of the building (i.e. entrance steps, narrow doorways, stairs to second floors) and any possible temporary constraints due to ongoing conservation projects. Download a list of Greenfield Village buildings with limited accessibility. Please contact us in advance for a listing of any buildings that may not be open during your visit or if you have further questions or needs.
Accessibility on Greenfield Village Historic Rides
Access to historic rides in Greenfield Village varies depending on the type of historic vehicle. The Model Ts, Omnibus Shuttle, 1931 Ford Model AA bus, and Herschell-Spillman Carouse require a transfer from a wheelchair or scooter to the seat of the vehicle. Weiser Railroad (train) has a wheelchair or motorized scooter lift that is limited to 500 pounds.
What is a membership?
Memberships to The Henry Ford are annual passes that include unlimited entry to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village and discounts on tickets to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Giant Screen Experience, and special events. Membership also includes free parking, discounts at our retail stores, discounts on classes and camps, and the exclusive member magazine Living History. Your membership is also tax-deductible. You also have the opportunity to add a ride pass to your standard membership, which allows unlimited rides for anyone covered by the membership. See more information about membership at The Henry Ford or ask a Call Center Representative for more details.
How do I donate an artifact?
The collections of The Henry Ford, defined as objects, photographs, books, periodicals, manuscripts, moving images, and recordings, are the primary tools and resources for providing authentic, effective historical experiences. Please use this procedure for all potential object donations or purchases for The Henry Ford's collections. We follow this policy to maintain the integrity of the museum's collections and to ensure the safety of an artifact before being officially accepted into the collections:

• Submit all potential donations or purchases in writing, directed to the Benson Ford Research Center (see contact information below).
• Describe the object, including any model numbers, manufacturers' names, and the measurements.
• Write a short statement about the owner’s intention to donate or sell the object.
• Include a photograph or photocopy of the object with your letter.

Once the Benson Ford Research Center receives your written proposal, staff assigns a tracking number and forwards the letter to the curator in charge of the appropriate object area. The curator researches the history of the object and determines if the object meets the criteria established by the museum for acceptance into the collections. The criteria include but are not limited to whether the artifact advances the museum's mission statement.

When an object meets the criteria, the curator then recommends a proposed object to the Collections Committee, which is responsible for shaping and developing the museum's collections. The committee then approves or rejects the proposed object. This process often takes many weeks. We appreciate your patience.

Do not bring any artifact to The Henry Ford before contacting us in writing.

Please send your potential object donation letter to:

Benson Ford Research Center
The Henry Ford
P.O. Box 1970
Dearborn, MI 48121-1970 USA
FAX: 313-982-6244

Thank you for your interest in the collections of The Henry Ford!
Do you do appraisals?
The Henry Ford does not offer an appraisal service, but there are organizations that can direct you to a reputable antique dealer in your area. Appraisers often specialize in a particular field. In order to locate a professional in the field in which you are particularly interested, we suggest that you contact one (or both) of the following national organizations for specific information.

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
FAX: 703-742-8471

Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
FAX: 212-889-5503