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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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Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms

October 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Explore Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. This internationally touring exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, in addition to other works by Rockwell and his contemporaries, alongside interactive digital displays and virtual-reality technology.

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Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & The Four Freedoms

October 13, 2018 - January 13, 2019

Explore Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. This internationally touring exhibition provides a rare opportunity to see Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms paintings, in addition to other works by Rockwell and his contemporaries, alongside interactive digital displays and virtual-reality technology.
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Member Appreciation Days

November 17-19, 2018

We set aside a few days to show our appreciation for the support we receive from our members in November. With free admission to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, food and drink discounts to enjoy, we hope you’ll join us.

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Member Appreciation Days

November 17-19, 2018

We set aside a few days to show our appreciation for the support we receive from our members in November. With free admission to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, food and drink discounts to enjoy, we hope you’ll join us.
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Tinker Hack Invent Saturdays

Make Something Saturdays

September 8, 2018 - May 18, 2019 | 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 8, 2018 - May 18, 2019 | 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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Members Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Annual Members' Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 19, 2018 | 6pm-9pm

A special, members-only event inside Henry Ford Museum to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy a visit with Santa, music, and a memorable evening of merriment.

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Annual Members' Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 19, 2018 | 6pm-9pm

A special, members-only event inside Henry Ford Museum to kick off the holiday season. Enjoy a visit with Santa, music, and a memorable evening of merriment.
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Visit with Santa

November 23 - December 24, 2018

Take your little ones on an expedition to the North Pole to visit with Santa.

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Visit with Santa

November 23 - December 24, 2018

Take your little ones on an expedition to the North Pole to visit with Santa.
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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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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.

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)

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.

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

Museum Plaza (10:00 - 11:30am)

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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