The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is spending more than six weeks showcasing the meaning of the word drive: the gear-grinding, fuel-powered ability to move forward. More than 50 classic engines are on display during the Engines Exposed exhibit, Jan. 13-Feb. 28, 2018, to demonstrate how automotive engineering as evolved over time.
How can we get there faster? How can we dare to be better? Pop the hood and a take a look for yourself.
From guided tours to hands on demonstrations, patrons can look back as well as forward, because alongside the ability to explore historic models will be the ability to view a presentation of alternative fuel sources.
Guests can also watch a Corliss steam engine running in-person or stop by the Ford Rouge Factory, which has been dubbed “America’s greatest manufacturing experience” (additional fee for nonmembers: $18 for adults, $13.50 for youth ages 5-11, free for children 4 and under).
The premise of the project is innovation. By looking at the old gas guzzlers and examining the skeleton of grandpa’s prized jalopy, patrons can better understand the stories of innovation that have propelled us to today.
After all, as society moves towards advanced hybrid models, electric cars, and self-driving autonomous vehicles, the thinking behind has ultimately remained the same: keep moving forward.
More than 70 rare and classic autos are showcased will span from 1914 to today and include the 1903 Holsman Runabout, the 1965 Chrysler 300-B Stock Car, the 1951 Beatty Belly Tank Lakester, the 1987 Ford Thunderbird Stock Car, the 1896 Riker Electric and others.
Ticket prices for nonmembers are as follows: $23 for adults, $17.25 for youth ages 5-11, and free for children 4 and under. Parking is $6 per vehicle for nonmembers, but free for members.
See the Metro Parent calendar listing for basic details on the Engines Exposed exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn and all other upcoming family events in metro Detroit.
This post was originally published in 2017 and is updated regularly.