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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®

1964 Civil Rights Act Pop-up card

“To Establish the Rule of Justice”: 60 Years of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

February 22-September 2, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

2024 marks 60 years since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The culmination of decades-long grassroots activism from people of all colors and backgrounds, the act countered the racism of Jim Crow laws. It made integration in all public aspects — including employment, education, accommodations and federally funded programs — word of law. This pop-up explores the act that changed the course of America, including its origins and legacy, and the call to action that it still has for Americans today.

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“To Establish the Rule of Justice”: 60 Years of the 1964 Civil Rights Act

February 22-September 2, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

2024 marks 60 years since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The culmination of decades-long grassroots activism from people of all colors and backgrounds, the act countered the racism of Jim Crow laws. It made integration in all public aspects — including employment, education, accommodations and federally funded programs — word of law. This pop-up explores the act that changed the course of America, including its origins and legacy, and the call to action that it still has for Americans today.
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Dick Gutman, DINERMAN

Dick Gutman, DINERMAN

May 25, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Step back into the legacy of over 150 years of American diner culture and experience an eclectic assortment of artifacts including memorabilia, scale models, furniture, fragments and a photographic history of diners at Dick Gutman, DINERMAN opening May 25 at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

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Dick Gutman, DINERMAN

May 25, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Step back into the legacy of over 150 years of American diner culture and experience an eclectic assortment of artifacts including memorabilia, scale models, furniture, fragments and a photographic history of diners at Dick Gutman, DINERMAN opening May 25 at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
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Dinosaurs in Motion

Dinosaurs in Motion Member Preview

June 8, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience prehistoric animals like you’ve never seen before at Dinosaurs in Motion, where you can move or engage with 16 life-size metal dinosaurs. Delight your family by making a T. rex’s jaw open and chomp by using levers and pulleys, or make a Plesiosaur swim using a touch screen controller.

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Dinosaurs in Motion Member Preview

June 8, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience prehistoric animals like you’ve never seen before at Dinosaurs in Motion, where you can move or engage with 16 life-size metal dinosaurs. Delight your family by making a T. rex’s jaw open and chomp by using levers and pulleys, or make a Plesiosaur swim using a touch screen controller.
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Dinosaurs in Motion

Dinosaurs in Motion

June 9-September 8, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience prehistoric animals like you’ve never seen before at Dinosaurs in Motion, where you can move or engage with 16 life-size metal dinosaurs. Delight your family by making a T. rex’s jaw open and chomp by using levers and pulleys, or make a Plesiosaur swim using a touch screen controller.

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Dinosaurs in Motion

June 9-September 8, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Experience prehistoric animals like you’ve never seen before at Dinosaurs in Motion, where you can move or engage with 16 life-size metal dinosaurs. Delight your family by making a T. rex’s jaw open and chomp by using levers and pulleys, or make a Plesiosaur swim using a touch screen controller.
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Holiday in Henry Ford Museum

Visit with Santa

November 29-December 1, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Start your holiday season by visiting history’s greatest toymaker at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.

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Visit with Santa

November 29-December 1, 2024 | 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Start your holiday season by visiting history’s greatest toymaker at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation.
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Things to Do Today at Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

1975 Sperry-New Holland Combine

Agriculture and the Environment (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 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.

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.

Gravity Racers

Driven to Win (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

How does the body of a vehicle impact it's performance? Try your hand at automotive design and build different types to cars to see which will go the fastest. Will your vehicle win the race?

In the Driver's Seat presented by Brembo

Driven to Win (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

Buckle up for high-octane racing with six interlinked, full-motion simulators that feature the latest technologies – just like the modern pros use for training.

Innovation Nation Lounge

Near Mathematica (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.

Overland Touring Car

Your Place in Time (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

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

Visions of the Future

Your Place in Time (9:30 a.m. – 5 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.

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.

Story Stroll

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

Story Stroll combines movement and literacy, all while you explore the museum! Find the next stop to follow along and join us every month for a new book.

Experiment with History

Made in America: Manufacturing (10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

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

Fueled by Passion

Driven to Win (10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Immerse yourself in a 180-degree multisensory theater experience that ignites the drive we all have to power our passions.

Corliss Steam Engine Demonstration

Made in America: Power (11:15 a.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!

Pit Crew Challenge

Driven to Win ()

Being a member of a NASCAR pit crew requires training, precision, and practice. See if you have what it takes to help your team win the race in this hands-on experience.

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