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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation – Virtual Tour

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation - Virtual Tour

Henry Ford Museum – Greenfield Village – Edison Institute

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and the Greenfield Village is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. The two museums, in combination, are also listed as the Edison Institute.

It is the largest indoor-outdoor museum complex in the United States with a collection that includes Thomas Edison’s laboratory and the Wright Brothers’ bicycle shop, plus and many other historical exhibits.

Its founder was the automobile industrialist Henry Ford, who wanted to preserve items of historical interest and portray the Industrial Revolution. It is one of the largest such collections in the world.

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation began as Ford’s own collection of historical objects, which he began collecting as far back as 1906. 

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation - Virtual Tour

Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory – replica buildings constructed in 1929 in Greenfield Village

The massive museum facility was specially designed to incorporate facsimiles of three structures from Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, the Old City Hall, Independence Hall, and Congress Hall.

The Edison Institute is part of the museum complex and was dedicated in 1929, on the 50th anniversary of the first successful incandescent light bulb. 

The Greenfield Village is the outdoor living history museum section of the Henry Ford complex. Nearly one hundred historical buildings were moved to the property from their original locations and arranged in a “village” setting.

The museum’s focus is to show how Americans have lived and worked since the founding of the country. The Village includes buildings from the 17th century to the present, many of which are staffed by costumed interpreters.

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation - Virtual Tour

An early McDonald’s sign

Highlights of the Henry Ford Museum

  • Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory
  • The 1961 Lincoln Continental, 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
  • Wilbur and Orville Wright’s house and bicycle shop
  • The bus on which Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat, leading to the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • A modern forgery of a 17th-century Brewster Chair – as an educational tool on forgeries
  • Igor Sikorsky’s prototype helicopter
  • Fokker Trimotor airplane that flew the first flight over the North Pole
  • Fairbottom Bobs, the Newcomen engine
  • A steam engine from Cobb’s Engine House in England
  • Early Automobiles, Airplanes, Trains, and Agriculture equipment

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation - Virtual Tour

1927 Blue Bird school bus – the oldest in America

Henry Ford Museum

  • Museum:    Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village
  • Also:           Edison Institute
  • City:            Detroit
  • Country:     United States
  • State:         Michigan
  • Opened:    1929
  • Type:          History Museum
  • Location:    20900 Oakwood Boulevard at Village Road, Dearborn, Michigan, United States

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation - Virtual Tour

1926 Fokker Trimotor used by the Byrd Arctic Expedition

Henry Ford Museum – Map

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Henry Ford Museum – 360 Virtual Views

Virtual Tour of the Museums in Detroit

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

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“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford

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Photo Credit: Dsdugan / CC0; Andrew Balet / CC BY-SA (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)

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