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Welcome to our insider’s guide to the “best of” at The Henry Ford, compiled from fans and curators alike. Designed for maximum impact between you and our astonishing collection of artifacts, exhibits, and stories celebrating America’s greatest innovations.

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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Lincoln Chair

On a grim day in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in this very chair. It now stands as homage to the Great Emancipator.

Rosa Parks Bus

Walk the winding path to equality and step inside the bus where Rosa Parks refused to move and forever changed history.

Kennedy Limousine

On November 22, 1963, America stood still. While riding through a parade in Dallas, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in this limousine.

Massey-Harris Model 20 Combine

The first commercially-successful self-propelled combine reduced the labor required for harvest by about 50%.

Fordson Tractor

Henry Ford developed the first mass-produced and inexpensive lightweight tractor to meet the needs of small farmers.

Paperweight Vessel

Modern studio glass—a blend of art, science, and technological innovation—embraces the notion of glass as a medium for creative expression.

Hannah Barnard Court Cupboard

Newlywed Hannah Barnard’s gloriously decorated cupboard held precious household belongings.

Aeron Task Chair, Pre-Production Prototype, 1994

New materials and ergonomic design made the Aeron Chair a design marvel.

Gothic Revival Beam Engine, circa 1855

This engine is arguably the finest surviving example of mid-19th century ornamented American machinery.

Bugatti Royale

The largest, rarest and most expensive automobile of its time, the Bugatti Royale was the ultimate in motoring.

Kiosk from IBM Pavilion, 1964 World's Fair

Made from iron, walnut and plastic, this Eames-designed kiosk housed interactive exhibits explaining the impact and uses of IBM’s computing technology.

Sikorsky Helicopter

The Sikorsky VS3000A was the first helicopter to use a practical single-rotor design. Inventor Igor Sikorsky donated it to the museum in 1943.

Newcomen Engine

This is the oldest known surviving steam engine in the world.

Build a Model T

Grab a wrench and help build one of the cars that made Henry famous. 

Model Trains

Enjoy the massive toy train display.

American Dog House

Come see the iconic and deliciously designed Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Hot dogs conveniently sold nearby.

1909 Model T

Featuring a restored 1909 Model T – the car that revolutionized the way Americans view and interact with automobiles.

Dymaxion House

Buckminster Fuller’s unconventional dwelling has inspired generations of innovators.

Allegheny Steam Locomotive, 1941

The “Allegheny” was one of only two locomotive classes built with two leading wheels, two sets of six driving wheels, and six trailing wheels.

Ford Quadricycle

The Quadricycle was Henry Ford’s first automobile. The original wouldn't fit through Ford’s door so he broke through the wall to get it to the street.

”Sweepstakes” Race Car

When Henry Ford’s “Sweepstakes” race car defeated Alexander Winton in 1901, national attention focused on the novice auto builder.

Canadian Pacific Snowplow, 1923

This 20-ton, wedge-shaped plow was designed for use on a single track.

Fair Lane

Henry Ford's private railcar, purchased in 1920, had four private rooms, an observation lounge, a dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen.

Chilled Plow

Chilled plows, like this 1890 Oliver #20, were stronger than traditional cast-iron plows and allowed farmers to turn the earth more effectively.

George Washington Camp Bed

This simple camp bed demonstrates the admirable nature of Washington – even as commander, he slept in the same conditions as his men.

1965 Lotus-Ford Race Car

A new paradigm in American race cars.

Ford "999" Race Car

This racer is the original '999' which won the Manufacturer's Challenge Cup in 1902.

Mustang Serial #1

This iconic muscle car was the epitome of ‘cool.’ It ushered in an era dominated by the pony car.

Greenfield Village

Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory

See a recreation of the laboratory where Thomas Edison designed many of his inventions, including his incandescent lamp and the first practical device for recording and reproducing sound.

Wright Brothers Shop

See the bicycle shop where the Wright Brothers first experimented with flight.

Luther Burbank Garden Office

This office stood in Luther Burbank’s 40-acre experimental garden in Santa Rosa, California.

Soybean Lab

Chemist Robert Boyer ran this laboratory, where researchers experimented with industrial uses for farm crops.

Firestone Farm

Visit a classic 19th-century farmhouse, the boyhood home of tire pioneer Harvey Firestone. The farm’s fields are planted and worked as on the original 1880s farm.

Fireside Yellow & Red Persian

"Fireside Yellow & Red Persian" embodies the quintessential elements of Dale Chihuly's design.

Glass Shop

See our talented glassblowers in action and take home a custom blown gift.

George Washington Carver Cabin

Born into slavery, Carver experimented with plants and laid the groundwork for today's research on plant-based fuels, medicines and everyday products.

Greenfield Village Playground

Enjoy our unique, all-abilities playground.

Rides at Greenfield Village

Hop aboard some of the vintage Ford automobiles and trains that transport you around Greenfield Village.

Model T Ride

Take a ride on Ford's famous Model T.

Ford Home

See the home where young Henry Ford grew up and first began dreaming of how to take the drudgery out of farm work through innovation.

Smiths Creek Depot

The Smiths Creek Depot originally stood on the Grand Trunk Western Railway, about 10 miles southwest of Port Huron, Michigan.

DT&M Roundhouse

Roundhouses like this one kept locomotives in good working order. For every day that a steam locomotive ran, it needed one day of maintenance.

Eagle Tavern

Experience dining in 19th-century tavern style.

Daggett Farm

See the 1754 home where the Daggetts made and grew many of the things they needed.

Scotch Settlement School

Henry Ford attended this one-room school in 1871, when John Chapman served as schoolmaster.

Mrs. Cohen's Millinery

Elizabeth Cohen, a Detroit widow, was known for her fantastically beautiful and artistic handmade hats.

Jacquard Loom

This mechanical loom allowed weavers to make “figured and fancy” coverlets with curved, naturalistic designs rather than geometric patterns.

Cotswold Cottage

The architecture of the Cotswold region is a result of both the versatility and limitations of the local limestone.

Frozen Custard

Enjoy America’s favorite hot weather treat – frozen custard.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Ford Rouge Factory Tour

Tour an actual Ford factory and immerse yourself in the past, present and future of American automobile manufacturing.

Living Roof

Planted with a drought-resistant groundcover, the Living Roof is one of the largest living roofs in the world.