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New at the Henry Ford Museum – Dearborn/Detroit

Driving America

©Becky Linhardt 2012

  “Sure, some of the exhibitions look similar,” said Bob Casey, Senior Curator, “but overall the displays are very different in conception.”  The newest exhibition, Driving America, updates the Automobile in America that has always been a favorite at the Henry Ford Museum. Many of the same cars are part of the timeline but the focus is now on how these vehicles are seen by the people who drive them – not just on the designers and the styling.

 There are big questions about the future of transportation. Do we need cars? What should a car be? Where are we going? “Every person viewing these exhibitions is making decisions, has priorities, about what they want and need in a vehicle,” said Casey.

 Ford is known for its automobiles and trucks. The museum has a large inventory of all makes so there were plenty of vehicles to consider for the new timeline. Interactive technologies have also improved over the years allowing the curators to develop some very insightful and fun programs.

The final interactive includes a program that asks 8 questions about what you would be looking for in a vehicle. It then matches your priorities to the attributes of the “perfect” vehicle for you, one that is already in the collection – up to a 2002 Toyota Prius.  Guess I am very practical since it seems that a 1950’s station wagon is my perfect car – the revelation made sense to me.

 

Of course, cars are meant to be driven so one of the interactive programs allows visitors to “drive” a Model T in a simulation – very popular with the underage visitors. And then there is racing – lots of beautiful competition vehicles to ogle in additional display areas. Vroom!

 In a comfortable “movie” theater you can relax awhile to watch a video presentation about the history of the automobile and the cultural changes that the automobile initiated.

As Americans took to the roads they needed food and accommodations. Diners, drive-ins, and fast food as part of the American automotive experience are brought to life at Lamy’s Diner which had been just a display in the past but is now serving visitors. The menu is limited but the experience of sitting at the counter or in a booth to enjoy a BLT with a Faygo soft drink or a slice of pie with a hot cup of coffee – that’s priceless to many.

 Safety is another focus for many improvements have been made over the past 100 years and more since steam operated “horseless carriages” were a novelty shown at fairs and exhibitions. Some of us remember a time before “car seats”. The display of early cars seats is actually scary.

 If you truly love cars you can spend a full day in the automotive areas of the HenryFord Museum. Pace yourself by taking time for lunch at Lamy’s Diner or the Wienermobile Café. In any case – don’t try for a land speed record because to enjoy just the automotive exhibits you will need at least 2-3 hours.

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Adjacent – Greenfield Village open mid-April to early November each year

Here is a link to an article I wrote for Long Weekends Magazine: http://long-weekends.com/Main/Articles/Fun_with_Four_Wheels_1868.aspx

Henry Ford Museum – 20900 Oakwood Blvd. Dearborn, MI 48124 – 313.982.6001 or www.thehenryford.org

Information regarding other Detroit area attractions: www.visitdetroit.com or call 800-338-7648 (Detroit)

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