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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™

Tinker Hack Invent Saturdays

Make Something Saturdays

September 2016 - May 2017 (Saturday) | 10am - 3pm

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 2016 - May 2017 (Saturday) | 10am - 3pm

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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Tinkering for Tots

Second Monday of each Month | 10am - noon

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling.

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Tinkering for Tots

Second Monday of each Month | 10am - noon

Imagine, create, iterate. Set little minds and hands in motion second Mondays, with playful learning and storytelling.
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House Industries: A Type of Learning

May 27 - 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.

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House Industries: A Type of Learning

May 27 - 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.
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Member Appreciation Days

June 2-4, September 21-22 & November 18-20

We set aside a few days to show our appreciation for the support we receive from our members. With great gift, food and drink discounts to enjoy, we hope you’ll join us for this weekend savings.

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Member Appreciation Days

June 2-4, September 21-22 & November 18-20

We set aside a few days to show our appreciation for the support we receive from our members. With great gift, food and drink discounts to enjoy, we hope you’ll join us for this weekend savings.
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House Opening Party

June 8, 2017 (Thursday) | 6:30pm

Celebrate the opening of House Industries: A Type of Learning at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation with House Industries co-founders Andy Cruz and Rich Roat, and their longtime co-conspirator Ken Barber.

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House Opening Party

June 8, 2017 (Thursday) | 6:30pm

Celebrate the opening of House Industries: A Type of Learning at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation with House Industries co-founders Andy Cruz and Rich Roat, and their longtime co-conspirator Ken Barber.
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Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire® Detroit

July 29-30, 2017 | 9:30am - 6pm

Join us for one of the most unusual and mind-boggling events to ever find a home in Detroit, a place where the DIY mindset can run wild. Hundreds of exhibiting makers participate annually, offering dozens of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for all ages.

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Maker Faire® Detroit

July 29-30, 2017 | 9:30am - 6pm

Join us for one of the most unusual and mind-boggling events to ever find a home in Detroit, a place where the DIY mindset can run wild. Hundreds of exhibiting makers participate annually, offering dozens of demonstrations and hands-on workshops for all ages.
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Things to Do Today at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation™

Allegheny Locomotive

Railroads (9:30am-5pm)

Built in 1941 and weighing 600 tons, the Allegheny was one of the largest steam-powered locomotives ever built. Watch our video of the Allegheny in operation and then step up into the cab of this mighty engine and imagine yourself at the controls.

Build a Model T

Made in America: Manufacturing Exhibit (9:30am-5pm)

Grab a wrench and help build one of the cars that made Henry famous. Participants assist in the assembly of an authentic Model T. Spend as much or as little time as you want in this one-of-a-kind activity led by experienced presenters.

Depot Town

Railroads (9:30am-5pm)

Our youngest guests can use their creativity to build with large blocks.

Design & Test a K'NEX Car

Behind Lamy's Diner, Driving America Exhibit (9:30am-5pm)

Our K'NEX play station is located behind Lamy's Diner in our Driving America Exhibit. Kids are invited to stop by to design and test their their own K'NEX car construction.

Innovation Nation Lounge

Your Place in Time (9:30am-5pm)

Make a Paper Airplane

Heroes of the Sky Exhibit (9:30am-5pm)

Imagine you're an aviation inventor: create cool paper airplanes designs and take to the skies!

Model Train Layout

Railroad Exhibit (9:30am-5pm)

Stop by and see our impressive model train layout, which features a collection of historic Lionel buildings. Located in the Railroad Exhibit, near the 1925 Detroit Toledo & Ironton Railroad Caboose.

Rubbing Stations

(9:30am-5pm)

Make a crayon rubbing of some of the most iconic artifacts in the museum.

Visions of the Future

Your Place in Time (9:30am-5pm)

With Liberty and Justice for All Response Wall

With Liberty and Justice for All (9:30am-5pm)

Henry's Assembly Line

Made in America: Manufacturing Exhibit (On the hour and half hour 10am-4pm)

What better way to learn about an assembly line than to work on one? In this hands-on 20-minute program, your students will work together to assemble a miniature wooden Model T using the station and moving assembly line methods.


1975 Sperry-New Holland Combine

Agriculture Exhibit (9:30am-5pm)

Imagine how a harvest might have looked to a farmer when you climb into the cab of our 1975 Sperry-New Holland combine.

Your Place in Time

Your Place in Time (9:30am - 5pm)

20th-Century America Activity Area. Test your skill at building with Lincoln Logs, Tinker toys and LEGOs.

Texaco Play Garage

Driving America (9:30am - 5pm)

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

Overland Touring Car

Your Place in Time (9:30am - 5pm)

Wonder what it's like to sit in the driver's seat of a hundred year-old car? Find out!

Experiment with History

Museum Plaza (10:30am & 1pm)

Enjoy hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) investigation through the eyes of past innovators.

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