Step Inside Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation®

Spark your students’ curiosity and introduce them to the unforgettable world of America’s greatest innovations. This is where the objects, people and stories of 300 years of American ingenuity come alive.

So Many Must-Sees To Choose From

Soaring Successes. Fascinating Failures. Brilliant Minds. Bold Ideas.

Imagine your class sitting on the very bus where Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat while you discuss how individual actions can change the world. Watch the concept of industrial strength come to life as students explore the Allegheny, one of the world’s most powerful steam locomotives. Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation sparks the imagination and invites students to dream.

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Featured Activities

With so many exciting must-sees and -dos, no two days at The Henry Ford are the same. But every day has its own standout activities. 

1 Hour

Build a Model T

Discover what it took to build a Model T through a process demonstration.

15 Minutes

Driving America Film

Your choice of films highlighting innovation around the automobile.

30 Minutes

Model Train Layout

In the shadow of one of the world's largest locomotives, mini metal machines navigate through historic model train buildings.

15 Minutes

Rosa Parks Bus

Learn how Rosa Parks challenged segregation laws.

Before You Arrive

Make the Most of Your Visit

Field trips to The Henry Ford achieve high ratings and rave reviews from educators and students alike. To make your visit as smooth and enjoyable as possible, check out these handy tips, suggestions and guidelines.

Checking In

Please exit your buses as soon as you have reached your designated check-in location. When visiting The Henry Ford, please have your students remain on the front lawn until the teacher in charge has acquired admission tickets. This will eliminate overcrowding at the check-in station.

Tickets & Payments

You must reserve your tickets in advance to receive school group rates and services, but you do not have to pay for them in advance. However, we highly recommend advance payment to avoid long admission lines. Prepaid tickets will be held at the Group Check-In location. Groups with tickets in hand may proceed directly to the entrances. If you are paying upon arrival, please convert small bills and personal checks before arrival. Teachers from the same school must have separate reservations if they are paying separately. Please note all additional tickets must be added on at one time. We will not be able to accommodate multiple transactions on one reservation.

Expectations for Chaperones

For the safety of your students and the consideration of our other guests, we ask that you be responsible for the behavior of your students. Lack of supervision or inappropriate behavior may result in staff asking a field trip group to leave. We require one adult per 10 students and can refuse entry if this requirement is not met. Teachers MUST pay for and authorize any additional (last-minute) chaperones to qualify for the school group rate. Any adults that are not paid for by a teacher as an addition to the school’s original reservation will be charged the regular daily admission fee. There will be no exceptions to this policy.

Lunch & Dining

Groups wishing to bring their own lunches may reserve space in our student dining area. The area can accommodate up to 200 guests and is available for use in half-hour increments. Groups wishing to purchase lunch on-site may do so from Plum Market Kitchen or Michigan Café. Each offers an extensive and varied menu. Lunch wagons are on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee one will be available, so we do recommend you have an alternate plan for transporting your lunches.

Navigating the Museum

Maps are available at the entrances to the museum. If you are accessing them on a computer or mobile device, you can view maps on or by downloading The Henry Ford’s mobile app – THF Connect. Refer to the map you receive at the entrance for the time required for programs and hands-on activities.

Guidance for Students

While you are in the museum, please treat it as your classroom. Make your school and community proud of how you represent yourself. Know who your chaperone is and stay with them at all times. We may ask any group to leave if they cannot follow these guidelines.

Available Scholarships

We are honored to offer scholarships thanks to the generous support from key corporate and foundation sponsors as well as donations from members and guests. Scholarships are available to schools in which at least 30% of students receive free or reduced lunches.


Included Students Teachers/
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation® $10.00 Free*
Greenfield Village®Additional $7 per ticket for train ride $10.00 Free*
Ford Rouge Factory Tour $10.00 Free*
Giant Screen Experience $8.50 $8.50
Any 2 Venues *1 free ticket per 10 kids for some venues $15.00 $8.50
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation® $10.00
Greenfield Village®Additional $7 per ticket for train ride $10.00
Ford Rouge Factory Tour $10.00
Giant Screen Experience $8.50
Any 2 Venues *1 free ticket per 10 kids for some venues $15.00
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation® Free*
Greenfield Village®Additional $6 per ticket for train ride Free*
Ford Rouge Factory Tour Free*
Giant Screen Experience $8.50
Any 2 Venues *1 free ticket per 10 kids for some venues $8.50

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