The Henry Ford had a record-setting year in 2017, welcoming over 1.77 million visitors.
What is it?
Well, it’s not exactly a museum or attraction. It describes itself as a “history destination that explores the American experience of innovation, resourcefulness and ingenuity that helped shape America”. Located in Dearborn, Michigan it comprises five attractions: Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Benson Ford Research Center and The Henry Ford Giant Screen Experience.
It is also home to Henry Ford Academy, a public charter high school which educates over 500 students a year on the institution’s campus.
Some of their events last year were very popular. Hallowe’en in Greenfield Village drew in more than 67,000 guests and Holiday Nights broke records for the third year in a row with more than 93,000 guests. In addition their new exhibitions, such as the opening of the Davidson-Gerson Glass Gallery in Greenfield Village, the permanent exhibition Mathematica: A World of Numbers and Beyond, and temporary exhibitions House Industries: A Type of Learning and The Science Behind Pixar which runs this year until March 18, drew big numbers…
And… The Ford Rouge Factory Tour (sign me up for that one!) recorded its second highest attendance with 148,000 visitors in 2017.
Feature image: A Ford 1909 Model-T in the Driving America exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation (Photo: The Henry Ford)