This can really come as no surprise that I love visiting the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. I mean, seriously, it has everything that I love! There are vintage cars, great architecture, retro signs and a peek into the past and progression of life in America. So you can imagine how excited I was when the #EcoTravelwithadoba Dearborn tour that I was on brought me back to this beloved place.
From the moment you walk in through the tall wooden doors of the Henry Ford Museum you can’t help but be swept away by the beauty within. Every detail of this place is breathtaking, from the grand entrance stairs to the seemingly endless walls of windows that gently hug a well kept courtyard. And once within this welcoming foyer, a large arena of vintage life awaits you.
As you might have guessed, one of my favorite exhibits within the Henry Ford are the vintage cars. You can find them lined up in rows upon rows of history. Here you can come within an arms reach of everything from presidential vehicles (including JFK’s Lincoln Continental) to a Desoto and even a vintage Airstream trailer.
Directly after walking the rows and rows of well kept pieces of hot rod history, you can choose to stop for a break in a fully functional retro diner tucked away within the exhibits. One step inside the door is like stepping through a time portal into living, working history. You can order a soda pop from a glass bottle, a warm lunch or simply sit for a break at the bar with a cup of coffee and a fresh donut.
Of course, once I saw the open door to this mobile diner, I just had to go in. I was like a kid in a candy store. Kid probably sums it up pretty well because I was simply giddy over my PB&J, potato chips and glass bottle root beer. It’s the small things.
After our short break for lunch, we found ourselves at the Holiday Inn. No, not the real one, but a replica of what the Holiday Inn looked like in the past. My, how things have changed. .
Does anyone remember when hotel’s looked like this? Are you diggin’ the shag carpeting?
What about this? Now this one actually reminds me of an old, one bedroom cabin I stayed in once in northern Michigan. Just a bed, a wood stove and a desk. What else would one need?
If you didn’t already know why before, maybe you can now see why the Henry Ford is one of my favorite places to visit. Plus, this is only a small portion of what lies within these walls. You should come and check out the rest of the retro artifacts on your own. I mean, I don’t want to spoil all of the fun of discovery for you! Come explore!
For more information on visiting the Henry Ford Museum, visit their website at www.thehenryford.org.
Have you ever been to the Henry Ford museum? What is your favorite exhibit or thing to see there?