The North American International Auto Show will be at the Cobo Center in Detroit from January 18-26, 2014! To gear up for this grand automotive event, celebrate Michigan car culture by taking a trip to a number of other awesome automotive attractions across the state. Below are just a few of these attractions you won’t want to miss.
The Henry Ford boasts four one-of-a-kind attractions and 200 acres, including Greenfield Village and the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, that will bring you through the ages. Notable treasures such as John F. Kennedy’s Limousine, Rosa Parks bus, and Abraham Lincoln’s chair and experience such as Model T Rides and an assembly plant walking tour make your visit to The Henry Ford truly unique.
Ford Rouge Factory Tour: Within the Henry Ford Museum is the Ford Rouge Factory Tour – a self-guided five-part experience. Visitors can expect to take a 360-degree look at how automobiles are made, see five historic vehicles made at the Rouge or hop in a new F-150.
Greenfiled Village: Entering Greenfield Village takes you back to the sights, sounds and sensations of America’s past. Greenfield Village houses 83 authentic, historic structures including Noah Webster’s home – where he wrote the first American dictionary, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, and the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Visitors can ride in a genuine Model T, watch baseball from the 1860s and get an inside look at the experiences that shaped our country and our state.
Located next door the The Henry Ford, The Automotive Hall of Fame is dedicated to preserving automotive history by celebrating the men and women of the industry. Features includes honorees of the Automotive Hall of Fame, the Soichiro Honda Atrium with a 3-story glass pyramid ceiling, a 65-foot long mural painted depicting the impact of the automobile on the world, and galleries showcasing early days of the automobile, the rise of the auto industry, and how it has changed our daily lives.
The Gilmore Car Museum located near Kalamazoo is regarded as one of the top car museums in the nation. The museum features over 250 cars and motorcycles from across the decades. The Gilmore Car Museum began in 1963 as the hobby of Donald S. Gilmore after his wife gave him an antique car for his birthday. Today, his hobby has grown to include historic barns, a re-created 1930s service station, a small town train station, muscle cars of the ‘60s and ‘70s, and nearly three miles of paved roads. Be sure to visit the restored 1941 Silk City Diner or stop in for a bite at the museum’s very own George & Sally’s Blue Moon Diner.
This unique museum located in Novi, MI showcases all forms of motor sports including race cars, trucks, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and boats. The Motorsport museum houses over 40 racing and high performance vehicles. The collection is constantly changing showcasing photographs of racing personalities and manufacturers, racing videos, driving simulation, games, driver uniforms and memorabilia displays.
Take a step inside the home of one the American auto industry’s most well-known figures. The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House lets visitors experience the story of the Ford family in a historic mansion rich with art and antiques spanning the centuries. Located along Lake St. Clair, visitors can explore 87 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens and grounds and view Mr. and Mrs. Ford’s personal cars.
Car culture runs deep in Pure Michigan. These are just a few of Michigan’s car culture museums and attractions throughout the state. For more information on these attractions, NAIAS 2014 or other auto-related events, visit michigan.org/events.
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