3 must-see attractions. 250 acres of unexpected. 1 awe-inspiring experience.
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.Start Your Must-Sees Guide
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.
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%.
Henry Ford developed the first mass-produced and inexpensive lightweight tractor to meet the needs of small farmers.
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.
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.
The Sikorsky VS3000A was the first helicopter to use a practical single-rotor design. Inventor Igor Sikorsky donated it to the museum in 1943.
This is the oldest known surviving steam engine in the world.
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.
Enjoy the massive toy train display.
1909 Model T
Featuring a restored 1909 Model T – the car that revolutionized the way Americans view and interact with automobiles.
Buckminster Fuller’s unconventional dwelling has inspired generations of innovators.
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.
Henry Ford's private railcar, purchased in 1920, had four private rooms, an observation lounge, a dining room, and a fully equipped kitchen.
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.
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.
Chemist Robert Boyer ran this laboratory, where researchers experimented with industrial uses for farm crops.
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.
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.
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.
Roundhouses like this one kept locomotives in good working order. For every day that a steam locomotive ran, it needed one day of maintenance.
Experience dining in 19th-century tavern style.
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.
This mechanical loom allowed weavers to make “figured and fancy” coverlets with curved, naturalistic designs rather than geometric patterns.
The architecture of the Cotswold region is a result of both the versatility and limitations of the local limestone.
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.
Planted with a drought-resistant groundcover, the Living Roof is one of the largest living roofs in the world.