H e n r y F o r d M u s e u m ® E x e r c i s e y o u r m i n d a n d b o d y a s y o u t r a v e l t h r o u g h t i m e i n H e n r y F o r d M u s e u m . Quench your thirst for knowledge by stopping along the way at the sites listed below.
1. Clocktower Entrance The architect Robert O. Derrick copied the exterior dimensions of Independence Hall exactly when designing and constructing the cen- tral section of Henry Ford Museum. Henry Ford agreed with Derrick that it would be the best choice for his proposed museum of Americana.
8. British Steam Engines (Made in America—Power) Check out the most complete display of early steam power in the world, including the oldest surviving steam engine, the Newcomen. What were the first steam engines used for?
2. Cornerstone (Museum Plaza) Containing botanist Luther Burbank’s garden spade and Thomas Edison’s signature and footprints, the Museum’s cornerstone repre- sents the uniting of agriculture and industry. Look for artifacts from the farm and the factory throughout your hike.
3. Presidential Vehicles The Kennedy Limousine was rebuilt and used by four presidents after John Fitzgerald Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. Does someone you know remember that day? These limousines were leased from Ford Motor Company. When returned to Ford, they were donated to Henry Ford Museum.
4. The Allegheny Built in 1941 and weighing 600 tons, this powerful locomotive hauled coal over the mountains of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. It took 18 days to move it into the Museum and required the laying of new track and enlarging of Museum back doors. Take your picture in front of one of our most photographed artifacts.
5. 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible “Three cars in one!” Due to all the options available, it was possible for buyers to design a family, sports or ultra-luxury car. What options would you choose?
6. 1928 Model A (Automobile in American Life) To realize his childhood dream of visiting Henry Ford Museum, Hector Quevedo Abarzu and his son, Hugo, set out on a 22,000-mile journey in their Model A. He left their home in Punta Arenas, Chile, on October 12, 1992, and arrived in Dearborn, Michigan, on December 2, 1994.
9. Conservators at Work (behind Made in America) Take a peek at the latest project of our conservators, as they use their artistic and scientific skills in the care of our collections.
10. Henry Ford Academy Henry Ford Academy is the nation’s first charter school developed jointly by a global corporation, public education and a world- renowned cultural institution. With an enrollment of over 470 stu- dents, the campus for 9th-graders is in the Museum, and the cam- pus for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-graders is in Greenfield Village.
11. Historic Kitchens (Home Arts) In the past, a woman’s place often was in the kitchen. Imagine using these kitchens’ tools to prepare a meal. What do you think is the greatest labor-saving innovation to hit the kitchen?
12. Oscar Mayer Wienermobile™ The most famous of all promotional vehicles, this Oscar Mayer Wienermobile dates back to 1952. Go ahead—hum or sing the catchy advertising jingle I Wish I Were an Oscar Mayer Wiener!
13. Goldenrod (near Fully Furnished) This one-of-a-kind race car shattered the world land speed record in 1965, with a speed of 409.277 miles per hour at Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats. Measuring 32 feet long, 48 inches wide and 42 inches in height, the Summers brothers’ sleek car set a record that stood until 1991.
7. HIghland Park Engine (Made in America—Power) Built in 1916, this massive gas and steam engine is one of the nine that originally supplied the power for all of Henry Ford’s Highland Park automobile factories. Climb the stairs for a different look at the engine and the Museum.