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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 Science Behind Pixar

October 14, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from Toy Story to Inside Out.

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The Science Behind Pixar

October 14, 2017 - March 18, 2018

Learn about the filmmaking process through hands-on activities inspired by some of Pixar’s most treasured films, from Toy Story to Inside Out.
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Engines Exposed

January 13 - February 28, 2018 | 9:30am-5pm

For just eight weeks, we’ll be raising the hoods of a few of our most memorable vehicles. Enjoy an exclusive glimpse of engines that changed the world.

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Engines Exposed

January 13 - February 28, 2018 | 9:30am-5pm

For just eight weeks, we’ll be raising the hoods of a few of our most memorable vehicles. Enjoy an exclusive glimpse of engines that changed the world.
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Tinker Hack Invent Saturdays

Make Something Saturdays

September 9, 2017 - May 19, 2018 (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 9, 2017 - May 19, 2018 (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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Exploring Automotive Innovations

January 13-February 28 (Daily) | 12:30pm

Unique conversations about the cars in The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation. Topics change daily. See onsite signage for details.

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Exploring Automotive Innovations

January 13-February 28 (Daily) | 12:30pm

Unique conversations about the cars in The Henry Ford Archive of American Innovation. Topics change daily. See onsite signage for details.
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Engines Exposed: Curator Talk

January 20 & February 17 (Saturday) | 1:00pm

Curious what Matt Anderson, Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford, has to say about engine innovations? Listen and view innovations and some exceptional engines with our digitized collection.

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Engines Exposed: Curator Talk

January 20 & February 17 (Saturday) | 1:00pm

Curious what Matt Anderson, Curator of Transportation at The Henry Ford, has to say about engine innovations? Listen and view innovations and some exceptional engines with our digitized collection.
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Celebrate Black History

Celebrate Black History!

February 1-5, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 2018

Honor Black History Month at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. During select days each week in February, we explore a different aspect of African-American history.

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Celebrate Black History!

February 1-5, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25, 2018

Honor Black History Month at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. During select days each week in February, we explore a different aspect of African-American history.
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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.


Corliss Steam Engine Demonstration

Made in America: Power (1:30pm)

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. Watch it in motion during our special demonstrations.

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