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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

From special automotive exhibits and seasonal celebrations to immersive programming, our wide-ranging calendar of events at Henry Ford Museum brings you face to face with real things that have the power to inspire, inform and engage.

Upcoming Special Events and Exhibits at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

Celebrate Black History

Celebrate Black History!

February 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-29, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Delve into African-American history through interactive presentations, music and food.

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Celebrate Black History!

February 1-2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-29, 2020 | 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Delve into African-American history through interactive presentations, music and food.
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Elijah: The Real McCoy

February 22 & 23, 2020 | 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

Learn about fascinating inventor Elijah McCoy in this 15-minute dramatization. His most important inventions were the automatic lubricating cup in 1872 that revolutionized the industrial machine industry and the graphite lubricator in 1915.

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Elijah: The Real McCoy

February 22 & 23, 2020 | 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

Learn about fascinating inventor Elijah McCoy in this 15-minute dramatization. His most important inventions were the automatic lubricating cup in 1872 that revolutionized the industrial machine industry and the graphite lubricator in 1915.
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Minds on Freedom - Civil Rights Movement

February 1 & 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19- 23, 26-29 (Wednesday - Sunday) | Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 1:00 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

Explore and experience the civil rights movement through empowering songs, speeches and images in this 30-minute musical and dramatic presentation.

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Minds on Freedom - Civil Rights Movement

February 1 & 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19- 23, 26-29 (Wednesday - Sunday) | Wednesday - Friday: 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., & 1:00 p.m.; Saturday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., & 2:30 p.m.

Explore and experience the civil rights movement through empowering songs, speeches and images in this 30-minute musical and dramatic presentation.
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Make Something Saturdays

September 7, 2019 - May 16, 2020 (Saturdays) | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn firsthand how the American spirit of innovation and ingenuity is alive and well today. Try your hand at something new, something different. The activities change month to month. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more!

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Make Something Saturdays

September 7, 2019 - May 16, 2020 (Saturdays) | 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Learn firsthand how the American spirit of innovation and ingenuity is alive and well today. Try your hand at something new, something different. The activities change month to month. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more!
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History Outside the Box

February 7, March 6, March 20, April 3

The Historical Resources staff will conduct a Show & Tell on their favorite collection materials the first Friday of every month.

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History Outside the Box

February 7, March 6, March 20, April 3

The Historical Resources staff will conduct a Show & Tell on their favorite collection materials the first Friday of every month.
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PNC Tinkering for Tots

February 10, March 9, April 13 (Second Monday of each Month) | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling. (November - December)

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PNC Tinkering for Tots

February 10, March 9, April 13 (Second Monday of each Month) | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling. (November - December)
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Things to Do Today at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

1975 Sperry-New Holland Combine

Agriculture and the Environment (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Experience the innovation that changed the corn harvest by compacting multiple processes into one great big machine.

Allegheny Locomotive

Railroads (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Step up into the cab of this mighty 600-ton locomotive, and imagine yourself at the controls.

Build a Model T

Made in America: Manufacturing (9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.)

Help build a real Model T. Can you build a quality product quickly? Pick up a wrench and find out if you'd be hired or fired.

Depot Town

Railroads (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

An exploration zone just for our youngest guests to use their creativity to build with large blocks.

Innovation Nation Lounge

Near Your Place in Time (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Get inspired by Emmy Award-winning The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation TV show.

Make a Paper Airplane

Heroes of the Sky (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Experiment with aerodynamics as you fold and test paper airplane designs. Sponsored by Delta Air Lines.

Model Train Layout

Railroads (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

In the shadow of one of the world's largest locomotives, mini metal machines navigate through historic model train buildings, showing just how far we've come.

Driving America Films

Driving America (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. )

Enjoy your choice of four films highlighting the spirit of innovation in and around the automobile.

Dymaxion House

Dymaxion House (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Enter Buckminster Fuller's resourceful aluminum dwelling, a prototype of a sustainable suburbia.

With Liberty and Justice for All Response Wall

With Liberty and Justice for All (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

What does freedom mean to you, and how will you protect freedom for others? Share your ideas with others here.

Overland Touring Car

Your Place in Time (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Sit in the driver's seat of a car that is over 100 years old.

Rosa Parks Bus

With Liberty and Justice for All (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Inside this bus on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a soft-spoken African-American seamstress, refused to give up her seat to a white man, challenging existing segregation laws.

Texaco Play Garage

Driving America (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Young guests can have their first experience with car repair by changing a tire or an air filter, or pretending to add fluids.

Visions of the Future

Your Place in Time (9:30 a.m. -5:00 p.m.)

The 20th century saw amazing advances in technology and pop culture. What will the 21st century bring? Draw your ideas and submit them to be shown publicly in Your Place in Time.

Henry's Assembly Line

Made in America: Manufacturing (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Work together to assemble miniature wooden Model T's using the moving assembly line method.


Experiment with History

Museum Plaza (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Investigate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) through the eyes of past innovators with hands-on activities.

Corliss Steam Engine Demonstration

Made in America: Power (1:30 p.m.)

Generating 300 horsepower, this 1859 Corliss steam engine served more than 60 years as the central source of power for some dozen independent workshops in Providence. Learn how ingenuity was used to create an optimized power source. Watch it run!

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