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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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American Style and Spirit

November 5, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Photo by Gillian Bostock Ewing. Walk through a living catalog of American style spanning 130 years. Rare in scope and detail, selected clothing from the collection brings the lives of the entrepreneurial Roddis family into sharp focus through fashion.

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American Style and Spirit

November 5, 2016 – April 2, 2017

Photo by Gillian Bostock Ewing. Walk through a living catalog of American style spanning 130 years. Rare in scope and detail, selected clothing from the collection brings the lives of the entrepreneurial Roddis family into sharp focus through fashion.
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Engines Exposed

Engines Exposed

January 14 - February 28 | 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 14 - February 28 | 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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Celebrate Black History

Celebrate Black History!

February 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 2017

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, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 2017

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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National Engineers Week Celebration

February 18 - 25 | 9:30am – 5pm

Be inspired and get hands-on as The Henry Ford celebrates the dreamers and doers who solve problems and make our lives better during National Engineer’s Week.

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National Engineers Week Celebration

February 18 - 25 | 9:30am – 5pm

Be inspired and get hands-on as The Henry Ford celebrates the dreamers and doers who solve problems and make our lives better during National Engineer’s Week.
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Insider's Tour for Members

February 6 - 19, 2017

Get to know the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation like never before. The Insiders Tour is free to members from February 6-19, 2017 - subject to tour availability. Inquire at any ticketing counter for available slots.

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Insider's Tour for Members

February 6 - 19, 2017

Get to know the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation like never before. The Insiders Tour is free to members from February 6-19, 2017 - subject to tour availability. Inquire at any ticketing counter for available slots.
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Connect 3 Live! African American Innovators

February 1 - 28 (Wednesday - Sunday) | 10am & 3pm

You’ve been inspired by our Expert created Connect3 videos, now try it yourself live and in person on a facilitated journey through the Museum focused on African American Innovators and their ideas that changed how we live today.

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Connect 3 Live! African American Innovators

February 1 - 28 (Wednesday - Sunday) | 10am & 3pm

You’ve been inspired by our Expert created Connect3 videos, now try it yourself live and in person on a facilitated journey through the Museum focused on African American Innovators and their ideas that changed how we live today.
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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!

Northern Migration/Music - Robert Jones

Douglas Auto Drive-in Theater, Driving America Exhibit (12pm, 1:30pm & 2:30pm)

Join us for a musical performance by the Rev. Robert Jones and a dramatic presentation of “Elijah: The Real McCoy.” Learn about the fascinating Elijah McCoy, whose inventions got trains into the station ahead of time.

Corliss Steam Engine Demonstration

Made in America: Power Exhibit (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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