Dinosaurs Are On the Move at The Henry Ford

Discover how your child’s favorite dinosaurs lived and moved at The Henry Ford’s newest interactive exhibit.

Dinosaurs are on the move at the Henry Ford! Beginning Sunday, June 9, visitors can experience Dinosaurs in Motion, the museum’s newest temporary exhibition. 

Dinosaurs in Motion is an interactive exhibit featuring 16 life-size metal dinosaur sculptures made of recycled materials. Guests can use levers, pulleys and touch screens to make the dinosaurs move and come to life. 

Quick details about Dinosaurs in Motion at the Henry Ford

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Courtesy of The Henry Ford

  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily
  • Cost: Exhibit is free with cost of admission. $32/adults 12-61, $28.75/seniors 62+, $24/children 5-11, free for children 4 and under 
  • Parking: Parking is available in several lots for $9. 

Eleven of the exhibit’s sculptures are moveable, including a T. rex whose jaw opens using pulleys and levers, and a Plesiosaur that swims at the tap of a touch screen controller. Guests will learn how dinosaurs moved through hands-on activities that incorporate elements of engineering, science, tech and sculpture. 

Throughout the exhibit, you’ll also find sketches, metalworking and more from the work of artist John Payne and paleontologist Dr. Mark Norell, the two experts that brought Dinosaurs in Motion to life. 

Things to do at Dinos in Motion at the Henry Ford

Dinosaurs in motion henry ford
Courtesy of The Henry Ford

  • Discover 16 life-size dinosaur sculptures.
  • Use levers, pulleys and touch screens to make metal dinosaurs come to life! 
  • Learn about science and technology through fun, hands-on activity stations. 
  • Shop dinosaur gifts, games and apparel. 

Other things to do with kids at The Henry Ford

Make the most of your trip to Dinosaurs in Motion with these other great exhibits for kids. Find more tips on visiting in our Family Museum Guide to The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

  • See the Rosa Parks Bus, Kennedy Limousine, The Lincoln Chair, model trains and Allegheny Steam Locomotive.
  • Drop in at Tinkering for Tots 10 a.m.-noon. The monthly preschool-aged event features a story, artifact of the day, open exploration and take-home activity.
  • Stop by the Lionel Model Train exhibit to pick up a free copy of Story Stroll’s book. Every month features a new book.
  • Car-obsessed kids (and adults!) will love Driving in America. The exhibit showcases more than 100 vehicles from over the years. Also, stop by Driven to Win to immerse yourself in a 180-degree multisensory theater experience, Fueled by Passion.

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Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts
Nikki Roberts is the assistant editor on the Metro Parent team. She is always on the lookout for the coolest and trendiest new attractions, restaurants and events for metro Detroit families. Her newsletters, online family guides and exciting digital content keep families informed on all the latest happenings around town.


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