Thursday, March 8, 2012

Photos from the Henry Ford Museum

While in Detroit for the Autorama a few weeks ago I took a detour to The Henry Ford Museum. I did not know what to expect and it was an incredible collection of American and automotive history. If you head back to Detroit to the Woodward Cruise this summer or Autorama next year it is worth the drive out to Dearborn. Here are some photo highlights from the museum.
Presidential limousines.
Vintage locomotives.
Desoto.
Texaco station
There were a few large vintage neon signs on display inside the museum, such as this McDonald's neon sign.

Want to take a lunch break? The old diner inside the museum was pretty cool. In fact, it is a functioning restaurant which makes it even cooler. I was surprised to discover a row of customers at the counter enjoying cups of coffee.

1913 Scripps-Booth Rocket

Classic Tucker
The museum is home to a variety of classic cars and vintage race cars.
Bonneville race car
Vintage drag racing vehicles
1960s travel

In addition to the classic car collection, the museum is home to a variety of airplanes and manufacturing equipment.

Since Henry Ford was the father of the assembly line and American manufacturing, the museum highlighted the manufacturing process and had numerous displays featuring vintage equipment.


The museum also showcased a lot of American history and "how things used to be." There were many displays with furniture and home decor through the years, such as this one featuring the Eames Chair.


There is quite a large collection of miniature homes and doll houses.
A 1950s era Oscar Mayer Wienermobile

Vintage Stagecoach
At the museum, there is also an opportunity to tour the Ford Rouge Factory. It is the oldest factory that Ford operates though it has seen quite a few changes over the years. You can take a tour of the impressive factory, though photos are not allowed in the assembly area where Ford F-150s are currently being built.
This is from the Observation Deck at the factory. Ford has installed a massive living roof above parts of the factory. Though it is covered in snow, the roof contains soil and grass that provides energy to the facility, plus a place for local wildlife to hang out.
This is the last stop on the tour which shows the Ford vehicles that have been built at the Ford Rouge factory.

Check back next week for more photo highlights from local shows and product reviews of new items from the latest California Car Cover catalog.