I’ve been in a lot of museums in my many years on the road, but nothing quite like the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn Michigan.
Yesterday Art and Sue and Mary and I walked, walked and walked some more in this 12 acre museum…all under one roof. We didn’t come close to seeing everything, among which includes such things as:
# A model of the nuclear-powered Ford Nucleon automobile.
# An Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
# The 1961 Lincoln Continental, SS-100-X, that President John F. Kennedy was riding in when he was assassinated.
# The rocking chair from Ford’s Theatre in which President Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was shot.
# George Washington’s camp bed.
# A ten-person safety bicycle made in 1896
# A collection of several fine 17th and 18th century violins including a Stradivarius.
# Thomas Edison’s alleged last breath in a sealed tube.
# Buckminster Fuller’s prototype Dymaxion house.
# The bus on which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
# Igor Sikorsky’s prototype helicopter.
# Fokker Trimotor airplane that flew the first flight over the North Pole.
# Bill Elliott’s record-breaking race car clocking in at over 212 MPH at Talledega in 1987.
# The Newcomen type engine from Cobb’s Engine House in England.
We also did not go into the adjacent 240 acre Greenfield Village portion of the museum. To read about this unique place…see the two links provided below. In the meantime here are some photos that I took…
An old 18 foot Airstream Travel Trailer…
The last of the three RV’s used by Charles Kuralt during his 25+ year On The Road TV Show…
A 1950’s trailer similar to one my family lived in back then…
An early RV…
Road were pretty rough back then…
Not many stopping places…
Here Mary takes for a spin in a 1917 Ford Touring Car that still runs!…
Some of the exhibits are huge. Can you see Mary on the upper level of this power plant?
If one were to see and fully appreciate everything every. they would need many visits. All in all another most enjoyable day!
Here’s the official Henry Ford Museum website link…
Here’s a Wikipedia informational link…
To see the other 90 photos I took, click this link…
Today we do the Ford Rouge Factory Tour where Ford has been building cars since the Model A.
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