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At The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan, groups see the past come to life before their eyes. The 250-acre, National Historic Landmark attraction immerses visitors in stories of American ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation with its three venues.
“We have three attractions with unique and one-of-kind collections and experiences for tour operators’ guests,” said Vickie Evans, manager of global tourism and partner sales at The Henry Ford.
The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation spotlights American ideas and innovations that have changed the world. Visitors can step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat; explore 40 years of flight innovation; walk past presidential limousines, including the one in which John F. Kennedy was assassinated; and see the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting the night he was shot.
Recently opened, the new permanent exhibit “Driven to Win: Racing in America” transports guests to the winner’s circle through interactive displays that include historic race cars, a multisensory theater, a pit crew challenge and racing simulators.
At Greenfield Village, visitors are immersed in three centuries of American perseverance throughout the living history village’s seven districts and 83 historic structures. The past comes alive at working farms, Thomas Edison’s lab, the Wright brothers’ workshop, an 1800s train depot and steam-powered rail line, and a replica of Henry Ford’s workshop. Groups can even take a ride in a real Model T.
Groups get an inside look at the making of the Ford F-150 at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Visitors learn about the rich history of the Rouge, the birthplace of the Model A, the V-8, Mustang and the Thunderbird, while bearing witness to the future of manufacturing.
Evans said The Henry Ford offers half-day to two-day itineraries and suggests groups allow 1½–2 days to visit all three attractions. Individual attraction and combo packages are available as well.
Multiple dining options are available at The Henry Ford. Evans recommended groups use Fun Money redeemable at any of the on-site restaurants
Other tour group amenities include on-site parking, complimentary admission for the driver and escort, a special group check-in desk and step-on greeters.
For more information, call 313-982-6001 or visit thehenryford.org.