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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™

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames

May 5 - September 3, 2018

Get an inside look at hundreds of creations from 20th century design icons Charles and Ray Eames. From furniture to architecture, trace the output of the Eames Office back to the early days of postwar modernism, and prepare to make your own movement.

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The World of Charles and Ray Eames

May 5 - September 3, 2018

Get an inside look at hundreds of creations from 20th century design icons Charles and Ray Eames. From furniture to architecture, trace the output of the Eames Office back to the early days of postwar modernism, and prepare to make your own movement.
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Looking Through Things

July 9 - September 16, 2018

From raincoats to everyday shoes, lightbulbs to paperweights, and accessories you’d find throughout your home, Looking Through Things will showcase modern objects as well as artifacts dating back to the 19th century unified by the theme of visual transparency.

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Looking Through Things

July 9 - September 16, 2018

From raincoats to everyday shoes, lightbulbs to paperweights, and accessories you’d find throughout your home, Looking Through Things will showcase modern objects as well as artifacts dating back to the 19th century unified by the theme of visual transparency.
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Eames Happy Hour

July 19, 2018 (Thursday) | 5pm

Experience The World of Charles and Ray Eames after hours with special guests and presentations. Admission is free for members and $5 after 5pm.

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Eames Happy Hour

July 19, 2018 (Thursday) | 5pm

Experience The World of Charles and Ray Eames after hours with special guests and presentations. Admission is free for members and $5 after 5pm.
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Maker Faire® Detroit

July 28-29, 2018 | 9:30am - 6pm

Find your next obsession on a quirky journey through the outlandish and profound creations of brilliant hackers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Inside and outside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, explore 24 acres of cutting-edge technology alongside the historic inventions and innovations that first sparked the maker movement.

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Maker Faire® Detroit

July 28-29, 2018 | 9:30am - 6pm

Find your next obsession on a quirky journey through the outlandish and profound creations of brilliant hackers, inventors and entrepreneurs. Inside and outside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, explore 24 acres of cutting-edge technology alongside the historic inventions and innovations that first sparked the maker movement.
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History Outside the Box

First Friday of Every Month | 1-2pm

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

First Friday of Every Month | 1-2pm

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

August 19, 2018 | 9:30am - 5pm

Celebrate National Aviation Day with us by enjoying the museum, parking and all activities free of charge thanks to the generosity of Delta Air Lines.

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National Aviation Day

August 19, 2018 | 9:30am - 5pm

Celebrate National Aviation Day with us by enjoying the museum, parking and all activities free of charge thanks to the generosity of Delta Air Lines.
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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 (9:30am-3pm)

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.

1975 Sperry-New Holland Combine

Agriculture (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.

Dymaxion House Tour

Dymaxion House (9:30am - 5pm)

Enter Buckminster Fuller's circular aluminum dwelling, and sample a suburbia never realized.

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!

Rosa Parks Bus

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

Depot Town

Railroads (9:30am-5pm)

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

Design & Test a K'NEX Car

Driving America (9:30am-5pm)

Try you hand at auto design and test your own K'NEX car construction.

Hands-on Rubbing Stations

Various Locations throughout the Museum (9:30am-5pm)

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

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.

Mathematica

(9:30am - 5pm)

Enjoy the wonder of mathematics as well as the beauty of post-modern design.

Model Train Layout

Railroads (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.

Innovation Nation Lounge

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

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

Make a Paper Airplane

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

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

Douglas Auto Drive-In Theater

Driving America (9:30am - 5pm (Daily))

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

Play & Create

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

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

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 (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.


Experiment with History

Driving America (10am-12:00pm & 12:30-2:30pm)

Enjoy hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) investigation through the eyes of past innovators. 10-15 minutes per activity.

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