The Henry Ford is the star attraction in Dearborn, less than 10 miles from Detroit.

By By the editors of MidwestLiving.com
Made in America at The Henry Ford

Detroit's western suburb of Dearborn may be best known as Henry Ford's hometown. Visitors devote days to exploring The Henry Ford, a vast complex displaying Americana at its best. The museum tells the stories of the automobile and other inventions. Many area hotels offer package rates on lodging and admission tickets.

Five of our favorite exhibits:

1 Made in America A deconstructed Model T greets visitors to a showcase of engines that powered machines. Massive in size, the Highland Park engine was one of nine that powered building Model T's in 1919. Equally impressive are the Newcomen, the world's oldest surviving steam engine, and the artistically impressive Gothic steam engines.

Made in America

2 Driving America This top-notch multimedia exhibit presents the relationship between drivers and their cars. See the vehicles that changed a country, including a 1978 Dodge Omni and 2001 Toyota Prius. Throughout the 80,000-square-foot exhibit, find 18 interactive kiosks. Search for vehicle information by almost any variable (make, model, options) to bring up images, documents, video and audio.

3 Your Place in Time Baby Boomer? Gen X? Find out how five generations of the 20th century shape our world.

4 With Liberty and Justice for All Climb aboard restored city bus No. 2857, the one in which Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in 1955. The civil rights movement is one of four key American struggles
for freedom that the museum examines; the other three are Independence, Freedom and Union, and Votes for Women.

5 Presidential Limousines See a rare collection of presidential limousines (due to security, preservation ended with Reagan's limo), including Theodore Roosevelt's horse-drawn carriage, Dwight Eisenhower's convertible and the limo John F. Kennedy rode in Dallas.

Information: thehenryford.org

More to Explore

Greenfield Village Historical structures, such as Thomas Edison's lab, the Wright Brothers' Cycle Shop and an authentic stagecoach tavern, are a few of the 83 buildings immersing visitors in the past. Horse-drawn trolleys and Model T's transport visitors past the actual homes of Robert Frost and Noah Webster. (800) 835-5237; thehenryford.org/village

Greenfield Village

Ford Rouge Factory 3,800 employees, along with the help of about 500 robots and 4.2 miles of conveyor belt, roll out a 2-mile parade of Ford F-150 trucks every eight-hour shift at the Ford Rouge Factory.
See for yourself on a tour. Buses depart every 20 minutes from The Henry Ford. (313) 982-6001; thehenryford.org/rouge

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