If you are a fan of baseball, you are invariably going to make certain pilgrimages that are a must for those who truly love the game. The same thing is true for automobile aficionados. There are certain places that you absolutely must visit if you like classic cars, and one of them is the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.
The name Henry Ford is permanently etched into the American psyche, and he was a very interesting person with some ideas that most people can resonate with. When I personally think about Ford, the first thing that comes to mind is the theory that he implemented with regard to pricing the Model T, which was the first car to be mass-produced on an assembly line.
Prior to the introduction of the Model T in 1908, automobiles were out of the reach of ordinary working class people. Henry Ford felt as though the people who worked to build his cars should be able to buy one. He paid his workers well, and he made sure that the Model T was affordable. The 1908 Model T carried a base price tag of $825.
This notion of paying high wages while keeping consumer costs low was part of an economic theory that came to be known as “Fordism.”
It is only fitting that the granddaddy of all automotive museums should be named after Henry Ford. The Ford Museum is actually more than just an automobile museum; it is a multifaceted celebration of the American experience.
There are multiple different exhibits. Driving America is billed as “The Premier Automotive Exhibition.” There is the Presidential Limousines exhibition, and The Heroes of the Sky exhibition chronicles the early days of aviation.
Made in America is all about American manufacturing history, and the With Liberty and Justice for All exhibition explores the path that Americans have taken toward freedom and acceptance.
The facility also offers a factory tour, an IMAX theater, and Greenfield Village, which is an indescribable walk down memory lane.
The museum is open seven days a week from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. It is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it is open 363 days of the year. The admission charge for adults is $17. It’s $15 for seniors, and the youth admission charge (children five to 12) is $12.50. Kids under five get in for free.
The Ford Museum is educational, inspirational, and just plain fun. Check it out if you have the chance; you won’t be disappointed.