The Henry Ford Museum is most definitely an icon of the metro Detroit area. Formed more than 80 years ago as a school founded by Henry Ford and his friend and mentor, Thomas Edison, the museum holds 26 million objects and documents and inspires more than 1.5 million visitors annually. Needless to say, the museum has been and will continue to be driven by Ford’s belief that the genius of the American people was not taught in textbooks.
As if you’re not already tempted to visit this phenomenal attraction to see the bus on which Rosa Parks took a stand for civil rights, the camp bed George Washington used during his tour of Revolutionary War sites and the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting the night he was shot, The Henry Ford introduces to the public a brand new, 80,000-square-foot exhibit: Driving America.
Travel back in time as you admire the charm of the exhibit’s 130 vehicles and 60 cases of artifacts. From muscle cars to modern-day hybrids, you’ll experience transportation from a car-lover’s perspective. Driving America features 18, 42-inch touchscreens that share the cars’ stories through images, videos and oral histories. Bring the experience home, and create your own custom collection of artifacts with the Driving America smart card, given to you when you enter the exhibit, which allows you to store and digitally transfer your personalized compilation later.
Driving America is a fascinating spectacle for all ages. Whether you’re studying the statistics of car prices back in the day, or playing “Talk like a Trucker” on a touchscreen, you’ll learn to appreciate the enormous influence the automobile has had on American culture—from automotive innovations that have changed our lives to the everyday choices we make.
To plan your visit to The Henry Ford, visit http://www.hfmgv.org/.
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