Tips & Policies

Do you need advanced reservations?
Advanced reservations are required for groups of 15 or more and strongly recommended for the Giant Screen Experience. For smaller groups of guests visiting Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village, no reservations are necessary. Please purchase your Giant Screen Experience tickets either on our website or by calling our Call Center at 313-982-6001. Group reservations must be made through our Call Center at the same number. The Henry Ford Call Center is open 7 days a week, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
How do I find out what special events are happening during my visit?
Visit the Current Events section for all current and future events here at The Henry Ford. You may also call the Call Center at 313-982-6001 for more information.
Are pets allowed at The Henry Ford?
No, generally, pets are not allowed on premises. Service animals are allowed with certain exceptions.
May I bring my stroller, wheelchair, or electric scooter to The Henry Ford?
Yes, you are welcome to bring your own children’s strollers, small wagons, wheelchairs, or electric scooters (carts) into all venues of The Henry Ford. Children’s strollers are available for rent on a first come, first served basis for $5 per day in the Welcome Center. Children’s wagons are available for rent on a first come, first served basis for $5 per day at the Greenfield Village ticket building. Rentals require a current driver’s license to leave at the renting desk. Please note that on busy days (holidays, large/special events, and summer weekends), wagons rent out quickly and may not be available- it may be wise to make other arrangements. Complimentary children’s strollers are available at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center upon request. 
Upright scooters (Segways) are not allowed. We also do not allow bicycles, tricycles, recreational scooters, in-line skates, or roller skates of any kind.
How do we get to The Henry Ford?
The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).

Detailed Directions and Maps
What are the hours of The Henry Ford?
Henry Ford Museum is open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Greenfield Village is open seven days a week from April 15 - November 1, 2015 January 1 - April 14, 2015 and Friday - Sunday from November 2 - November 29, 2015. The Village is open select nights during December 2015 for Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village. The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is open 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday; busses depart every 20 minutes, 9:20 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The Giant Screen Experience is open daily; see Showtimes. The Henry Ford is closed Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
How long does it take to visit Henry Ford Museum? Greenfield Village? Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
There is so much to see and do at The Henry Ford, there really is no set amount of time spent that will suit every visitor. We suggest combo deals and special offer tickets, including the Museum Insider's Tour, if you are interested in a “deep dive” into all of our exhibitions and programs. However, you do not need much time at all to be inspired by our brand of history — a couple of well-placed hours are all it takes for a great visit. See My Must-Sees for an overview. (If you are visiting Ford Rouge Factory Tour, be sure to build in enough time for travel to and from the main campus of the Museum—count on an extra half hour each way.)
What is the Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
The Ford Rouge Factory experience is comprised a five-part tour, which includes a behind-the-scenes of the Rouge complex; a look at the history of the Rouge through historic video footage; a virtual reality theater experience; a walking tour of the factory’s Living Roof; and a walking tour above the actual final assembly area where Ford F-150s are made.
Do you need a Henry Ford Museum admission to go on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour or see a movie at the Giant Screen Experience?
No, both the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and the Giant Screen Experience are accessible without entering the main floor of Henry Ford Museum.
What is playing at the Giant Screen Experience?
Check the showtimes for the current Giant Screen Experience film schedule or call the Giant Screen Experience information hotline at 313-271-1570.
May I bring food or drink into The Henry Ford?
Yes, you are welcome to bring a small amount of food or beverage into The Henry Ford; however, we have many on-site vending, snack areas, and one-of-a-kind restaurants to suit your needs. Outside alcohol is not allowed, but beer and wine are available for purchase daily and at many events.
What is your policy on smoking?
Effective May 1, 2010, Michigan State Law prohibits smoking in areas controlled by a state or local government agency, places of employment, restaurants, bars, and hotels in the state of Michigan. Smoking on The Henry Ford properties is prohibited except in designated areas. Designated areas are signed as such.

Guests to The Henry Ford may smoke in their vehicles.

Guests to Henry Ford Museum and the Giant Screen Experience are permitted to smoke outside the west side of the Museum under the Giant Screen Experience banners and at the east (Michigan Café) end of the Museum on the sidewalk next to the yellow service gate on Lovett Road.

Guests to Greenfield Village and the Benson Ford Research Center are permitted to smoke in the area outside Greenfield Village and the Benson Ford Research Center on the sidewalk next to the yellow service gate on Lovett Road.

Guests inside Greenfield Village are permitted to smoke:

1. On the asphalt near the gate between the Edison statue and the Tin Type Studio.
2. On the sidewalk between the entrance to Taste of History and the Stone Mill.

Guests to Lovett Hall evening events are permitted to smoke on the sidewalk next to the yellow service gate on Lovett Road.

Guests to Ford Rouge Factory Tour are permitted to smoke outside in front of the building on the Plant side of the entrance. This applies to daytime visits and evening events. Guests that smoke in non-smoking areas of The Henry Ford will be asked to stop and move to the areas where smoking is permitted.

Guests who do not comply will be asked to leave The Henry Ford premises.
Does The Henry Ford have regulations to ensure a safe, clean, and comfortable experience for their visitors?
The Henry Ford seeks to provide a world-class history attraction experience in an environment that is safe, clean and comfortable. To accomplish this, we have adopted a Code of Conduct and Policies for Visitors. Any behavior that is disruptive to the experience of other visitors or is destructive toward exhibits, artifacts, or the general facilities cannot be tolerated. Persons who violate these rules will be asked to leave the premises and may lose membership and/or admittance privileges. Violations perceived as criminal may result in arrest and prosecution.
Is The Henry Ford wheelchair accessible?
All public entrances to The Henry Ford, including Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Giant Screen Experience, Lovett Hall, and Benson Ford Research Center, are wheelchair accessible. Motorized doors are located at the Giant Screen Experience entrance to Henry Ford Museum, Anderson Theatre/Ford Rouge Factory Tour bus loading doors, Benson Ford Research Center, north and south entrances to Lovett Hall, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center.
Are there designated drop-off zones?
There are drop-off zones in front of Henry Ford Museum (Clocktower and Giant Screen Experience entrances) as well as in front of the Greenfield Village ticket building.
Is there handicap parking?
Handicap parking is available in the Giant Screen Experience west parking lot and on Village Road by the entrance to Greenfield Village. Be advised that on many weekends and heavily visited days, these parking spaces fill up very quickly.
Does The Henry Ford permit service animals on-site?
Certified Service Animals are welcome in all venues. The animals need to be certified and be visibly (easily) identified as service animals. Puppies in training to be service dogs, or dogs under the age of 12 months are not permitted in our venues. Please note that service animals will be in close proximity to animals in Greenfield Village, including horses, sheep, and chickens.
Are wheelchairs and motorized scooters available?
Wheelchairs and a limited number of motorized scooters are available for rent on a first-come, first-served basis. We do not take advanced reservations for wheelchairs or motorized scooters. Rentals are available in the Welcome Center and in the Greenfield Village ticket building. Wheelchairs can be rented for $4.00 for the entire day and scooters can be rented for $20.00 per day. Rentals require a current driver’s license to leave at the renting desk and the completion of a rental agreement form. Please note that on busy days (holidays, large/special events, and summer weekends) the motorized scooters rent out quickly and may not be available—it may be wise to make other arrangements. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center upon request. Motorized scooters are not available for rent at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. However, Factory Tour buses can accommodate personal, smaller-model motorized scooters. 
Personal motorized wheelchairs, electric scooters, and wheelchairs are welcomed. However, Segway scooters are not permitted in any venue of The Henry Ford.
Accessible Restrooms
All restroom locations in Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and the Giant Screen Experience are wheelchair accessible, except for the restrooms in the Silver & Pewter and Jewelry hallways of the Museum and the restroom on the first floor of Lovett Hall. A family restroom is located in the Greenfield Village ticket building.
Accessibility at Henry Ford Museum
All entrances into Henry Ford Museum are wheelchair accessible and include wheelchair ramps. All exhibits are wheelchair accessible with the exception of the following exhibits: Interior of the Allegheny cab (stairs - virtual tour available near stairway), Interior of the Combine cab (stairs), Interior of the Rosa Parks bus (stairs), Dymaxion House (narrow doorway)
Accessibility at Greenfield Village
All public entrances into Greenfield Village are accessible. Sidewalks throughout Greenfield Village were installed with accessible curbs. Care should be taken when crossing streets as historic vehicles, antique bicycles, and horse-drawn vehicles use our streets on a daily basis. Railroad crossings are located near the entrance of Greenfield Village and Firestone Farm. Please approach the tracks cautiously; wheelchairs should cross the tracks at a 90 degree angle to prevent their wheels from being caught and damaged. Whenever possible, wheelchairs are admitted into historic buildings. However, not all buildings can accommodate wheelchairs or electric scooters due to the physical limitations of the building (i.e. entrance steps, narrow doorways, stairs to second floors) and any possible temporary constraints due to ongoing conservation projects. Download a list of Greenfield Village buildings with limited accessibility. Please contact us in advance for a listing of any buildings that may not be open during your visit or if you have further questions or needs.
Accessibility on Greenfield Village Historic Rides
Access to historic rides in Greenfield Village varies depending on the type of historic vehicle. The Model Ts, Omnibus Shuttle, 1931 Ford Model AA bus, and Herschell-Spillman Carousel require a transfer from a wheelchair or scooter to the seat of the vehicle. Weiser Railroad (train) has a wheelchair or motorized scooter lift that is limited to 500 pounds.
Accessibility at Ford Rouge Factory Tour
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour busses are wheelchair accessible. Our busses can accommodate smaller-model electric scooters. Complimentary wheelchairs are available at the Factory Tour Visitor Center upon request. All exhibit areas of the Visitor Center and factory walkways are accessible.
Accessibility at the Giant Screen Experience
The Giant Screen Experience has stadium seating that includes stairs upon entering or exiting. For those who are unable to climb stairs, an elevator is available for assistance. An employee or volunteer will accompany the guest and one companion to the elevator and into the theatre. Please inquire upon arrival to any cashier, ticket attendant, or Giant Screen Experience host. There are a limited number of spaces held specifically for wheelchairs for our guests who wish to stay, or are unable to leave their wheelchair. Each of those spaces has seats for a companion or aide.
Accessibility at Lovett Hall
Motorized doors are available at both the North and South entrances to Lovett Hall and both entrances are wheelchair accessible. An elevator is available for second floor (Ballroom) access. Please see a Henry Ford staff member for assistance with locating and using the elevator.
Accessibility at Benson Ford Research Center
Motorized doors are available at the South entrance to the Benson Ford Research Center near the Greenfield Village entrance, directly across from Josephine Ford Plaza. All areas of the research center and reading library are wheelchair accessible. A public elevator is available for second floor access.
Offerings for Guests with Vision Impairments
Large print maps of Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour are available. Henry Ford Museum maps are available at the Clocktower entrance and the Welcome Center. Greenfield Village maps are located at the Greenfield Village ticket building. Ford Rouge Factory Tour maps are available with the bus greeters at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center.
Offerings for Guests with Hearing Impairments
Sign language interpretation can be scheduled for any tour, program, or event with at least two weeks’ advance notice. Shorter notice requests accommodated if possible. To make arrangements, please contact our Call Center at 313-982-6001.

Assistive listening headsets are available for use at the Giant Screen Experience. Please contact a staff member for assistance.

Printed transcripts of the audio in the Legacy Theater at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour are available. Please contact a staff member for assistance.
Offerings for Guests with Sensory Sensitivities (Autism)
Noise-cancelling headphones, earplugs, and a communication board are available in sensory assistance kits located at the Welcome Center ticket desk and the Greenfield Village ticket building. Please contact a Guest Services staff member for assistance.

Noise-cancelling headphones are available for use in the Manufacturing Innovation Theater at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour to minimize the sound in the theater. Please contact a staff member for assistance.

Please note that the Manufacturing Innovation Theater at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a multimedia, multisensory experience that may be overwhelming to some guests with sensory sensitivities or other medical conditions.

Staff members of The Henry Ford have participated in Michigan Autism Safety Training (MAST), provided by the Autism Alliance of Michigan, to better understand the characteristics of autism and how to recognize and communicate with someone with autism.

The Henry Ford has worked with the Autism Alliance of Michigan to create a social narrative (pre-visit planning tool that uses pictures and text) to help prepare guests on the autism spectrum for a visit. A social narrative for Henry Ford Museum is available here.

Quiet spaces are located throughout all venues of The Henry Ford. Quiet spaces in Henry Ford Museum include: the front of the Museum, near the Allegheny Locomotive; the back wall of the Museum, behind the Railroads and Driving America exhibits; and the back wall of the Museum, behind the Made in America Power exhibit. In Greenfield Village, there are many quiet, open, outdoor spaces. A quiet space at the Giant Screen Experience can be found on the second level, outside the theater’s exit doors. At the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, quiet spaces include: the lobby or Legacy Gallery on Floor 1; the mezzanine before entering the Assembly Plant on Floor 2; and the small conference room at the end of the first Assembly Plant walkway near Windshield Install.
Additional Offerings
A resting room is available in Henry Ford Museum for use by guests (i.e. as a quiet space or room for nursing mothers). Please contact a Guest Services staff member for assistance.

The Donald F. Kosch Village Playground in Greenfield Village is designed for use and enjoyment by children of all abilities. Most of the activities are ground-level accessible or accessible by ramp. There are varying sculptural swings so all children – whether fully abled or not – may enjoy them. The playground is for children ages 10 and younger and for school groups with students in preschool through second grade. For members or families, children over age 10 will be permitted to use the playground when they are in the company of younger children. Children of any age with special needs are welcome with an adult caregiver.
Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information for Events
Civil War Remembrance Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Day Out with Thomas Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Hallowe'en Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Holiday Nights Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Maker Faire Detroit Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Motor Muster Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Old Car Festival Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

Salute to America Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)

World Tournament of Historic Base Ball Helpful Tips & Accessibility Information (PDF)
What is a membership?
Memberships to The Henry Ford are annual passes that include unlimited entry to Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village and discounts on tickets to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Giant Screen Experience, and special events. Membership also includes free parking, discounts at our retail stores, discounts on classes and camps, and the exclusive member magazine Living History. Your membership is also tax-deductible. You also have the opportunity to add a ride pass to your standard membership, which allows unlimited rides for anyone covered by the membership. See more information about membership at The Henry Ford. or ask a Call Center Representative for more details.
How do I donate an artifact?
The collections of The Henry Ford, defined as objects, photographs, books, periodicals, manuscripts, moving images, and recordings, are the primary tools and resources for providing authentic, effective historical experiences. Please use this procedure for all potential object donations or purchases for The Henry Ford's collections. We follow this policy to maintain the integrity of the museum's collections and to ensure the safety of an artifact before being officially accepted into the collections:

 • Submit all potential donations or purchases in writing, directed to the Benson Ford Research Center (see contact information below).
 • Describe the object, including any model numbers, manufacturers' names, and the measurements. • Write a short statement about the owner’s intention to donate or sell the object.
 • Include a photograph or photocopy of the object with your letter.

Once the Benson Ford Research Center receives your written proposal, staff assigns a tracking number and forwards the letter to the curator in charge of the appropriate object area. The curator researches the history of the object and determines if the object meets the criteria established by the museum for acceptance into the collections. The criteria include but are not limited to whether the artifact advances the museum's mission statement. When an object meets the criteria, the curator then recommends a proposed object to the Collections Committee, which is responsible for shaping and developing the museum's collections. The committee then approves or rejects the proposed object.

This process often takes many weeks. We appreciate your patience. Do not bring any artifact to The Henry Ford before contacting us in writing. Please send your potential object donation letter to:

Benson Ford Research Center
The Henry Ford
P.O. Box 1970
Dearborn, MI 48121-1970 USA
FAX: 313-982-6244
E-mail: research.center@TheHenryFord.org

Thank you for your interest in the collections of The Henry Ford!
Do you do appraisals?
The Henry Ford does not offer an appraisal service, but there are organizations that can direct you to a reputable antique dealer in your area. Appraisers often specialize in a particular field. In order to locate a professional in the field in which you are particularly interested, we suggest that you contact one (or both) of the following national organizations for specific information.

American Society of Appraisers
555 Herndon Parkway, Suite 125
Herndon, VA 20170
703-478-2228
FAX: 703-742-8471
Email: asainfo@appraisers.org
Website: http://www.appraisers.org/

Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York, NY 10016
212-889-5404
FAX: 212-889-5503
Email: aaal@rcn.com
Website: http://www.appraisersassociation.org/
Are all the cars in Henry Ford Museum Fords?
No, our collection is a kaleidoscope of many cars important in the evolution of the automotive industry and culture in America and across the world.