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Henry Ford Museum

See the limousine in which JFK was assassinated, historical buildings and vehicles, and exhibits that document the evolution and impact of technology.

The Henry Ford Museum is the biggest museum in the country. With both indoor and outdoor sections, it covers more than 102 acres (40 hectares) in the suburb of Dearborn, about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) west of downtown Detroit.

It’s easy to spend hours pouring over the priceless artifacts and vehicles collected by Henry Ford since the early 1900s in the 12-acre (five-hectare) main hall. Car lovers will enjoy gems like the Ford Nucleon, an Oscar Mayer Wienermobile and all kinds of rare machines. There’s also an entire exhibit dedicated to the Automobile in American Life and Society.

There are also interesting items on exhibit that have nothing to do with cars. See the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated at Ford’s Theatre in 1865 and a writing desk used by Edgar Allan Poe. Enter the Dymaxion house to see how, in the 1940s, designer R. Buckminster Fuller saw the future of living. Follow the trail of freedom in the U.S. at With Liberty and Justice for All. The exhibit covers everything from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement and beyond.  

Head over to Made in America to admire the innovations that have changed the nation’s history. Heroes of the Sky tells the story of pioneers in aviation. You’ll see a replica Wright Flyer and vintage airplanes.

Make your way outside to explore the 90-acre (36.5-hectare) Greenfield Village. There are steam trains and Model T cars to ride, as well as more than a hundred historical buildings. Check out a reconstruction of Thomas Edison’s laboratory, the Wright brothers’ relocated shop and buildings from the 17th century.

The Henry Ford Museum also hosts a range of traveling exhibits and special events, so check the website for details. It’s open seven days a week, but Greenfield Village closes in winter. If you travel here by car, you will have to pay a small fee to park in the lot near the museum. Alternatively, take the SMART bus service from downtown.


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Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village CA $94
Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village

Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village

20061 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Automotive Hall of Fame and Henry Ford Museum. Greenfield Village is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away. Dearborn Station is only a 3-minute walk.

    The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel CA $165
    The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel

    The Dearborn Inn, A Marriott Hotel

    20301 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ford Rouge Factory Tour and Greenfield Village. Henry Ford Museum is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Dearborn Station is 28 minutes by foot.

      Hampton Inn by Hilton Detroit Dearborn CA $124
      Hampton Inn by Hilton Detroit Dearborn

      Hampton Inn by Hilton Detroit Dearborn

      22324 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Dearborn, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Automotive Hall of Fame, Henry Ford Museum, and Greenfield Village. Ford Rouge Factory Tour and University of Michigan Dearborn are also within 2 miles (3 km). Dearborn Station is 16 minutes by foot.

        The Henry Hotel, Autograph Collection CA $165
        The Henry Hotel, Autograph Collection

        The Henry Hotel, Autograph Collection

        300 Town Center Dr, Dearborn, MI
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in the business district, this romantic hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Fairlane Town Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. Ford World Headquarters and University of Michigan Dearborn are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          Extended Stay America - Detroit - Dearborn CA $117
          Extended Stay America - Detroit - Dearborn

          Extended Stay America - Detroit - Dearborn

          260 Town Center Drive, Dearborn, MI
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Dearborn, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Fairlane Town Center and within 3 miles (5 km) of Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village. University of Michigan Dearborn and Henry Ford Community College are also within 1 mile (2 km). Dearborn Station is 28 minutes by foot.

            Red Roof Inn Detroit - Dearborn/Greenfield Village CA $69
            Red Roof Inn Detroit - Dearborn/Greenfield Village

            Red Roof Inn Detroit - Dearborn/Greenfield Village

            24130 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Dearborn, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Greenfield Village and 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from Henry Ford Museum. Automotive Hall of Fame and Ford Rouge Factory Tour are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit - Dearborn CA $121
              DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit - Dearborn

              DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit - Dearborn

              5801 Southfield Expressway, Detroit, MI
                 
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Henry Ford Community College and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Greenfield Village. Fairlane Town Center and University of Michigan Dearborn are also within 2 miles (3 km).

                Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Dearborn, MI CA $113
                Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Dearborn, MI

                Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Dearborn, MI

                24555 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Dearborn, this hotel is 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Greenfield Village and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Henry Ford Museum. Automotive Hall of Fame and Ford Rouge Factory Tour are also within 3 miles (5 km).