The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation 
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20900 Oakwood Blvd
N of Rotunda Dr, S of Michigan Ave
Dearborn MI 48124-5029 USA
(313) 982-6001

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geo: 42.3031087,-83.2331085
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The Henry Ford, originally known as the Edison Institute, illustrates Henry Ford's personal commitment to preserving the record of America's technological and cultural progess. Ford had decided that the best way to create this picture would be in two parts. An exhibit hall would display inventions and artifacts that recorded man's technological and cultural progress, while an adjacent outdoor village of residential, commercial, and industrial architecture would show how those objects were made and used. He named the entire complex after Thomas Edison, who had encouraged Ford when he was developing his automobile and who embodied, the carmaker believed, practical genius. Opening in 1933, the museum included many items from Ford's collection, from automobiles to player pianos, from steam engines to grease pumps. Ford also built some new structures for the collection of buildings he named Greenfield Village, most notably a replica of Independence Hall that was located at the entrance of the complex. Many of the village's nearly 100 buildings, however, had been moved from their original locations. Reflecting Ford's ideas about the crucial events of history, the 255 acres of grounds included Edison's Menlo Park laboratory, the shop where the Wright Brothers built their plane, and Ford's childhood home and early workplaces.  Read more »

The collection now also includes the 1961 Lincoln Continental limousine that carried President Kennedy when he was assasinated in 1963, the chair President Lincoln was sitting in when he was assasinated in 1865, and the Rosa Parks bus. The museum features an IMAX theatre, and is associated with the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.


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