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Jennifer Wilson-Henderson
· July 30, 2017
We went to Maker Faire for the first time today, loved it! The Henry Ford was the perfect venue and it was a great experience. The bathrooms were always clean ...and being attended to, there were workers and volunteers everywhere you went, the lines for the different attractions and booths were never unreasonable, all the items the Makers had for sale were very affordable. I also loved that if you didn't want to spend any additional money, you didn't have to. There were plenty of great, free crafts and activities to do without needing to spend more money. The cafe had a great selection and was very affordable. I loved that there was a free shuttle from U of M also. We will definitely be back and we're bringing friends, too! Thanks for the fun day! See More
Sandra Dee
· September 2, 2017
We love The Henry Ford so much we are members. We come to the village and museum multiple times a year. Today, we took the Rouge Factory Tour and then visited... the village. We stopped for lunch at the Cafe across from the model Ts... And I'm sad to say it was the worst service I've ever gotten anywhere on the grounds. The woman taking my order, ironically named Angell, was so unbelievably rude I was shocked. I asked 2 questions and was answered in a fashion that made it quite clear she thought I shouldn't be asking anything. She never asked for my membership card, and when I presented it, we'll apparently that was frowned upon too. Sad that employees such as this represent this fine place. I will continue to visit and recommend The Henry Ford... But won't be visiting that Cafe in the future. See More
Brian Coyne
· August 8, 2017
Fantastic place! Well worth the drive. The village is exceptional and very well done. Plan on spending the entire day there and you still will not see everythin...g. The Museum is fantastic so much history well laid out. To manyFascinating thingsto see. It's a great place for kids as well. Tons of interactive things for them to do. Wonderful place to see and touch the past! Looking forward to our next visit! See More
Anna F. Bozyk
· July 31, 2017
I had great fun with my Granddaughters, ages 7 and 9. We loved the time period kitchens and doll houses. The girls were fascinated to see which doll house their... Grandma and Great Grandma would have played with. They loved the technology fair as well, especially the "cognitive dress", and the computerized robot made pottery. Then, we pretended we were 3 girls from the future time traveling back to the 1950's to have a Malted Milkshake at Lamy's diner! Beautiful memories made for all! See More
Kate Vehrs
· August 14, 2017
Amazing museum! Staff was friendly and knowledgeable and the artifacts housed here are really cool.

The museum is definitely a little dated- there's a lot of ...visible wear and tear and some of the interpretive signs are illegible. Obviously that's a sign of thousands of people enjoying the exhibits so I didn't mind.

10/10 recommend! Whether you're a gearhead, curious kid, or history buff, this is definitely the place for you.
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Joe Borri
· September 4, 2017
The Henry Ford put on one of the best retrospective shoes I've ever had the pleasure to experience. Even if you're not familiar with House Industries, you would...'ve grown to appreciate how many aspects of life they (and art $ design in general) touch. The show gives others inspiration to make imagery of their own choosing and pursue it with passion. Simply amazing. See More
Christine Beil
· July 31, 2017
This is an amazing place and the Maker Faire is an amazing event - I can't believe I have not attended before. The museum and grounds have so much to offer and ...then to have a special event as well was fantastic! There were also free shuttles to accommodate those of us who parked a mile away and they ran late in the day- I didn't catch a ride back to my car until after 6:30pm - everyone is helpful, there is a lot of 'crew', lots of signs, restrooms and yes, you may have to pay for food and drink but it is not outrageous- you can also bring in small amounts - especially for kids- WELL WORTH the trip and you can get a membership- join the newsletter at least so you can see when special events are happening- you won't be sorry! See More
Margie Gould Thessin
· July 31, 2017
I'd been looking forward to visiting the museum for years, and finally got the opportunity Sunday, July 30 as we were passing through Detroit. I won't deduct st...ars from my rating, but I have to say the Maker Faire event did detract from the experience. Some of the Maker Faire exhibits, which we weren't interested in at all, blocked the actual museum exhibits so we couldn't read the signs. That's my only negative. Otherwise, it did not disappoint! See More
Mary Jean Findlay
· July 31, 2017
We love how much room there is to move around all the exhibits. Being in a wheelchair is a huge problem when we want to go out. Bathrooms are not accessible. I ...went into two of them by having to walk. Thank God I can get out of the chair to do this. I did not see any family bathrooms that my husband and I would normally use together. See More
Oneita Nita
· August 24, 2017
One of the best places to visit while one is Detroit, a must see! I would highly recommend to one sitting on the fence. What an amazing place with lots of good history too.
Lindsay Walker
· September 11, 2017
I loved the Henry Ford because the different exhibits had neat stories and displays of what Henry and his buddies started and perfected over time. It is a true ...eye opener for anyone hesitant on taking risks. You can start out growing up on a farm and chase your dreams to make them a reality and so much more! See More
Don Suchocki
· September 12, 2017
The Museum was great! More than what I remembered since the last visit some 25 years ago. The Village on the other hand was a disappointment. Everything was ove...rpriced from the T-Shirts to the small bag of chips for $4.99. The rock candy that used to be on a string is no longer available you can get a small bag shipped in from who knows where again $4.59. I would think if the prices were half that they could have more happy visitors with a memorable experience. See More
Carolyn Hehir
· August 22, 2017
Very nice Museum, definitely worth a visit. We went there for an afternoon. Went through some of the main museum upon arrival, then on the Rogue Factory tour, then back to the main museum and store for some more looking, before Museum close time (at 5).
Sharon Antonia
· September 5, 2017
This is an amazing experience built from an American Dream, so much more than just cars but innovations that have shaped our society as we know it today.
I absolutely enjoyed this experience, there was something for everyone.
Seth Kohut
· August 22, 2017
It surpassed my expectations. I am a car guy but I really enjoyed the locomotives, history of various technologies, Americana etc etc etc. I met nice people fro...m all over. The staff was very friendly. A full day was not enough. I was pleasantly surprised by the SIGNIFIGANT Ford and other makes We enjoyed seeing. See you again soon. Job well done. See More
Dale Stephens
· August 12, 2017
An outstanding place to spend a couple of days (I only had 3 hours). I highly recommend traveling the see The Henry Ford - Museum of American Innovation - and, ...to visit the Greenfield Village. Awesome history lesson. Staff was wonderful assistance and informative - seek them out and talk to them. See More
Marian Horgan
· August 9, 2017
We spent three days there and didn't see all of it. The extensive collections cover every aspect of life. We will definitely be back when we are in the area.
William Carpenter
· July 31, 2017
I do love all the exhibits and there's lots of room for even the handicapped to get around you are truly handicapped accessible and that means a lot unfortunately I didn't see that many bathrooms and definitely no family bathrooms
Jim Rainge
· September 17, 2017
This place was awesome. So many things I didn't expect to see, this place is so big it's easy to miss stuff. The Rosa Parks Bus was the most moving thing we saw, the guide really brought it to life.
Del Howery Jr
· August 3, 2017
What a fascinating place. They were nice to me even after being there an hour after close. I heard no announcements and had lost track of time. I will always treasure my brief time there.

Today's the day - we're excited to officially open our latest exhibit in Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Mathematica, to the public.

The Henry Ford, an American history campus in Dearborn, will unveil Mathematic: A World of Numbers and Beyond on Sept. 23. The exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum, conceptualized by Charles and Ray Eames in 1961, is an interactive display of numbers and mathematics.

We're kicking off our first Fall Flavor Weekend today with a special giveaway courtesy of our partners at Beaumont Health. We'll select one winner at random on Monday, September 25 to receive this fall-inspired gift pack including a loaf of our hobo bread, pickled mushrooms, strawberry rhubarb preserves, apple butter, cherry butter, a metal water bottle from The Henry Ford, a tin of chamomile tea, and our new official guidebook. To enter, simply leave a comment below with one of your favorite dishes you look forward to preparing at home as autumn arrives.

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