Family Museum Guide: Greenfield Village

Read our tips for families when exploring this outdoor museum in Dearborn, Michigan.

Greenfield Village is unlike any museum you’ve ever visited. This outdoor adventure includes 200 acres of nearly 100 historic buildings that have been relocated or reconstructed from throughout the United States. Henry Ford established it in 1933 and it has grown ever since.

Quick details about Greenfield Village

Photo credit: Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford

  • Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
  • Hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. June 14-Sept. 4, 2023
  • Cost: $38/ages 12-61, $34.25/ages 62-plus, $28.50/ages 5-11, free/4 and under and members; $9/parking

Things to do with kids at Greenfield Village

Photo credit: KMS Photography

  • Catch a ride on the steam-powered locomotive and in a real Model T. Purchase tickets beforehand.
  • Travel back in time and explore seven historical districts, including Working Farms, Liberty Craftworks, Henry Ford’s Model T, Railroad Junction, Main Street, Edison at Work and Porches & Parlors.
  • Check out Historic Base Ball, which happens most weekends from June 17-Sept. 4, 2023. You’ll see what they wore and how baseball was played in 1867. Rep your team with these printable pennants.
  • There are plenty of spots to grab a bite to eat, but you are also welcome to bring your own food. Dining spots include A Taste of History, Eagle Tavern, Carousel Concessions, Owl Night Lunch Wagon, Frozen Custard and Sir John Bennett Sweet Shop.
  • Make sure to stop by the Donald F. Kosch Village Playground towards the end of your trip. It was designed to resemble a 1930s construction site and has an interactive steam shovel, a 20-foot-long boiler tunnel and more.

Tips for families when visiting Greenfield Village

Photo credit: Greenfield Village/The Henry Ford

  • Before heading to Greenfield Village, check which events and activities are happening that day so you can plan accordingly. These events can include farm work, potter’s wheel, glassblowing, weaving, printing press and more.
  • Check out books from your local library about Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and The Wright Brothers. Your child will love that they actually have some knowledge about the people before going to the museum. They may even share some facts they learned of their own.
  • Encourage your child to ask questions. The employees at Greenfield Village actually want to talk to you and tell you the abundance of information they know about the building where they are working.
  • Make sure to wear comfortable shoes. You will be walking a lot. If you have a little one, you may want to bring a wagon or stroller.
  • Plan for a full day at Greenfield Village as there is so much to see and you don’t want to miss anything. Also, be sure to bring your camera or use your phone to take pictures along the way.

Things to do near Greenfield Village

Photo credit: KMS Photography


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.

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