Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village

In 1927, Henry Ford decided to create a museum that would show how profoundly and rapidly engineers have changed American life, thanks to the inventions of a few people such as the Wright brothers, Thomas Edison, and, of course, Ford himself. Opened to the public in 1933, the Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village is the nation's largest indoor/outdoor museum complex. The Museum documents some 300 years of engineering advances in agriculture, industry, communications, transportation, entertainment, and home life. Live demonstrations in the Village show how 18th- and 19th-century devices were used and the ways they affected American culture.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Industrial & Manufacturing, Mechanical
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The museum's facade is a copy of Philadelphia's Independence Hall, built using the original plans. In reviewing the plans, architect Edward Derrick noted that some columns were misaligned and that windows were off-center and not at the same height. He wanted to fix these errors, but Henry Ford insisted that the replica be exact, mistakes and all.
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