Monday, August 18, 2008

Visit to The Henry Ford

I was recently in the Detroit, Michigan area (Ann Arbor) and had a rainy Sunday free so I went to the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI. I spent almost five hours there seeing all the displays, which are much more than just cars. Some of the highlights:
  • the rocking chair from Ford's Theater that Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated
  • the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile, a car in the shape of a hot dog
  • the Dymaxion House, a pre-fabricated house of the future designed in the 1940s by Buckminster Fuller
  • the bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white person, starting the US civil rights movement
  • the car that John F. Kennedy was in when he was shot
  • a huge steam-powered electrical generating plant used in a Ford factory
  • George Washington's camp bed
  • Igor Sikorsky's prototype helicopter
  • lots of cars, airplanes, trains, and steam engines
On the same site you can also check out an IMAX theater, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Automotive Hall of Fame, and a theme park called Greenfield Village.

  1. Official Web Site
  2. Wikipedia Entry

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