Touring the Henry Ford Museum

posted by Sharon June 9, 2015 24 Comments
Michigan Henry Ford Museum

Life is a highway
I wanna ride it all night long.
If you’re going my way
I wanna drive it all night long.
Sung by Rascal Flatts

More than anyone else in America, Henry Ford is associated with the automobile. Ford’s Model T helped move the country from the horse and buggy era to a nation that moves on a highway. The company he founded still manufactures cars and trucks that populate our roadways.

We toured the Henry Ford museum in Detroit and marveled at the variety of cars collected in one place. Through the years, so many different models have carried people to and fro and here and there.

Some are fancy.

Some are classic.

Some designs never caught on.

Ford and his company proved successful for many reasons. He had vision and the ambition to try and fail and try again. Two of his companies went bust before he designed the Model T. Some of the cars he sold after that didn’t last long.

Ford kept at it, though. He adapted to changing economies. During WWII, his company produced the Jeep. It’s no exaggeration to say that this fine vehicle helped the Allies win the war.

A tour of the Henry Ford museum inspires us to dream, to experiment, to press on again after failure, to be willing to learn and change and try a new way.

If you’re in the area, plan to spend a day exploring the Henry Ford. Think about the innovation and bravery it took to design, fail, design, fail, and go for it one more time.

And the most fun? You can ride in a Model T on streets closed to modern traffic. As you zip by a horse-drawn wagon, you feel the speed and wonder that this auto brought to life a hundred years ago.

How about you? Have you visited an inspiring place lately?

Photos are taken at the Henry Ford museum in Michigan — an enjoyable experience for all ages!

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, Life Thru the Lens, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. The last photo is edited with Kim Klassen’s Lightroom preset “Chocolate.” Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where my song choice is “Life Is a Highway” recorded by Rascal Flatts.

 

 

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24 Comments

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Abrianna June 9, 2015 at 1:26 am

I enjoy old cars too, but am not a fan of Henry Ford himself. He was not a good man, unfortunately.

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elizabethfstewart June 9, 2015 at 4:29 am

What a fun tour that would be! Wonderful photos so it’s almost as good as being there.

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Little Wandering Wren June 9, 2015 at 4:58 am

Would it have been fun, a posh frock, a fine car and drive off into the sunset…!
Lovely photos I have enjoyed my visit to the Henry Ford museum with you today!
Wren x

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jeanne stone June 9, 2015 at 5:35 am

What fun to visit this place where history abides. Love that “rocket” and don’t think I have ever seen one of these before. My father had an old “Model T when I was growing up and i used to get to ride on the sideboard for a couple of blocks when he was coming home from work. Also had an ooga horn on it…. Fun memories

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Desirae June 9, 2015 at 6:29 am

What a cool museum to visit. We visited an old car museum in France which was really neat. They also had carriages there as well, which were just stunning.

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Tom The Backroads Traveller June 9, 2015 at 8:03 am

What a collection, I haven’t been to the museum in 50 years.

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin June 9, 2015 at 10:20 am

Great song for some amazing pictures of wicked cool cars!

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Outside The Click June 9, 2015 at 10:23 am

Amazing pictures, so many gorgeous cars and a great song.

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Dina June 9, 2015 at 10:49 am

My Expedition has come a long way!

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Jackie June 9, 2015 at 12:34 pm

What fun! I want the Rocket!

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Roxanne June 9, 2015 at 3:19 pm

Looks like a fun place to tour!

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Peabea June 9, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Oh gosh…you were one state North of me, but I’ve never visited up there. What fun to see the autos that you shared. How fun and different they look from today’s cars. 🙂

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Adrienne June 9, 2015 at 4:37 pm

WOW! Fascinating place – you did a great job with the photos! I love how pretty cars shine and reflect light – wonderful!

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Michelle B June 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm

It looks like fun! So many different models. It is amazing when you stop and think how far the automobile has come in only a little over 100 years, it is a invention that changed history.

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Earl June 9, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Thank you for the wonderful tour. It brought back the memory of a Model T that a neighbor had when I was a kid.

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Kim Cunningham June 10, 2015 at 12:01 am

Oh that Mustang is so very cool!

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Kathy June 10, 2015 at 4:39 am

Lovin’ the connection you made between song lyrics and photographs..,perfection! Looks like a fun place to visit with camera in hand. Thanks for sharing at Song-ography.

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Heidrun June 10, 2015 at 4:51 am

First time here on this blogsite. I found your adress on the meme of WatW…. I love this Oldtimers too. We have in Munich a similiar museum….

Cheers, Heidrun

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Anne@GritandGiggles June 10, 2015 at 8:04 am

Haha no wonder the ‘rocket’ didn’t catch on, it looks like a glorified wheel chair. That would have been very interesting. The other day I saw what must have been a car meet/ day trip with lots of old vehicles, I just wish I’d been able to take pics.

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carolina June 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm

Great pictures!!! and love the association with the song! I have to do a songography post, but never get to…

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Carol Blackburn June 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm

What a fun song and great pictures to go with it. That ROCKET is something.

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Kelleyn June 10, 2015 at 5:13 pm

It is a great museum! We took our kids there when we lived in Michigan.

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klarafotar June 14, 2015 at 6:32 pm

I’ve always loved old cars… there’s just something great about them! Love your pictures 🙂

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Lisa @ SLP June 14, 2015 at 7:07 pm

We so want to tour this museum. We are Ford fanatics and this is right up our ally. It is a must do for us if we ever make it up to Detroit. Thanks so much for sharing with us, it totally had me intrigued the entire read, and your shots. Well, you captured the feel of the place so well.

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