Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan – The Henry Ford

During the course of two posts, I went into detail for all of the world-class museums that the city has to offer. If you are not sure where to find the two posts, no worries, you can read them here and here. Even with all those museums you can visit for things to do in Detroit, Michigan, there is one large, impressive museum complex that I would like to introduce you to.

It is called The Henry Ford and it is located on Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn which is a neighboring suburb of Detroit. It is a hybrid indoor/outdoor museum complex which is the largest in the United States. The best way for me to summarize the museum complex is it explores the history of all things Americana. The museum complex contain two museums for you to visit.

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Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation

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The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation is, as the name indicates, concerned with the inventions and breakthroughs that transformed America. The museum houses around 22 exhibits or so. They cover a wide range of categories. Here are some examples of exhibits that you will discover at the museum. Math geeks will want to check out the exhibit called Mathematica.

In this exhibit, you will discover how math was used in the 1960’s to invent things like bubbles that appear impossible or ball bearings that behaves like orbiting planets. It explores the connection between math and the everyday world. The museum’s Railroad exhibit houses the Allegheny locomotive which is one of the largest steam locomotive ever built.

This steam locomotive measures at 125 feet long. It weighs in at around 771,000 pounds and is capable of pulling 160 coal cars with loads of 60 ton each. Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Driving America exhibit. This is where you can check out a sizable collection of cool cars from across time periods such as the 1903 Oldsmobile, the 1965 Ford Mustang Convertible, and the 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air.

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You will also learn about how cars have evolved over the decades from Henry Ford’s first attempt at a gas-powered car with the 1896 Ford Quadricycle to General Motors’ first testing of self-driving cars in San Francisco and Scottsdale, Arizona in 2016. For those of you who are into planes, the Heroes of the Skies exhibit is your best friend at the museum.

This is where you can view a nice collection of antique planes. This includes the 1903 Wright Flyer which was the first plane to successfully complete a flight. It was piloted by the Wright brothers over Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. If you are curious about what American furnitures looked like centuries ago, the best place at the museum to find out is the Fully Furnished exhibit.

There, you can check out an amazing collection of furnitures from 1670 to the present. The ticket prices for the museum are $25 for general admission, $22.50 for seniors, and $18.75 for youth aged from 5 to 11. Those who are aged under 5 will get free admission. You can head here to buy your tickets.

Greenfield Village

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Greenfield Village is a living history museum designed to showcase what the American way of life was like back in the old days. It takes the form of a village and cover three hundred years of American history. The museum is divided into seven historic districts for you to explore. First up is the Working Farms district. There, you will get a picture of what farming was like in 19th century America.

It is brimming with wagons, livestock, and fields of ripening vegetables. The second district is called Liberty Craftworks. This is where you can watch talented artisans work on their crafts using techniques that are centuries old in some cases. It offers a taste of what early American manufacturing looked like. One place within the district you will want to check out is the Sandwich Glass Plant.

It is there that you can watch the glass blowing demonstrations. The third district at the museum to check out is Henry Ford’s Model T. While you are there, you can experience the life of Henry Ford from his early childhood to his invention of America’s first automobile – the Ford Model T. You can explore a replica of the home where Henry was born.

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Also worth checking out is a replica of the factory where the Ford Model T was built. The most fun part? You can even test ride a Ford Model T. Railroad Junction is the fourth district. In this district, you can explore a 19th century small town that revolves around a steam-powered rail line. Among the places you can check out are a train depot and a roundhouse.

Oh and yes, you can even ride the train that goes on a nice tour through Greenfield Village. Your next district should be Main Street. It will immerse you into a thriving small town downtown that straddles the 19th and early 20th centuries. You will get to enjoy a parade of cool vintage cars and horse-drawn carriages on the street there. Next up is the Edison at Work district.

It revolves around the iconic 19th century American inventor, Thomas Edison. He is best known for inventing the lightbulb. This district is a replica of Menlo Park, New Jersey in 1876 when Thomas was there. You can check out the two laboratories where he worked on honing his world-changing inventions. The last district to check out is called Porches and Parlors.

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This is the place where you can explore the historic homes from time periods ranging from the 1760’s to the 1930’s. As you explore them, you will learn about the lives of those who lived there. The prices of tickets for the museum are $28 for general admission, $25.25 for seniors, and $21 for youth aged from 5 to 11.

Free admission is given to those under the age of 5. You can visit here to purchase your tickets.

So, you are going to want to visit The Henry Ford for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. As you can see, there is a lot for you to take in. So, take your time exploring all that the museum complex has to offer.

Detroit Hotel

Should you need a place to stay at during your Detroit visit, I am happy to help you out with this. Here is a hotel I would suggest for you.

Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village

This hotel is located on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn just across the railroad from the museum complex. This is probably the closest hotel to your destination. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Ford’s Garage, Eagle Tavern, and Lamy’s Diner. The hotel house an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center for you to use.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, microwaves, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $74 to $181. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you been to the museum complex before? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan If You Love Animals

Auto enthusiast will be the most pleased with the attractions that Detroit has to offer. That makes sense considering that the automobile was born there. But, that doesn’t mean that those who aren’t auto enthusiasts shouldn’t visit Detroit. In fact, animal lovers will also be pleased to find things to do in Detroit, Michigan. These are the three attractions in the area that you will want to visit if you are into animals.

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Detroit Zoo

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The Detroit Zoo is located on West 10 Mile Road along the northern side of Interstate 696 in Royal Oaks, a Detroit suburb around 22 minutes drive north of downtown Detroit. This lovely zoo is home to more than 2,100 animals from 230 species. The zoo is divided into fifteen distinct habitats for you to discover. I will dive into some of them. Let’s start with the Polk Penguin Conservation Center habitat.

This is where the zoo’s penguins are located. This habitat is the largest and most extraordinary center for penguins in the world. It is renowned for its two acrylic tunnels that will take you deep underwater where you will be surrounded by more than 75 penguins of four species as they swim above, around, and even below you. Those of you who love apes will want to head to the Great Apes of Harambee habitat.

It is the home of three silverback gorillas and a troop of eleven chimpanzees. There are many vantage points within the indoor and outdoor areas of the habitat where you can get a nice view of the apes as they interact with each other and explore their lovely surroundings. Have you ever dreamed of being in an area brimming with butterflies? You will have a chance to live your dreams at the zoo.

The habitat where you can do that is the beautiful Butterfly Garden. Hundreds of free-flying butterflies from approximately 25 species are housed there. You can observe them as they go about their lives such as feeding on flower nectars or ripe fruits, and basking in the sunlight. The garden is kept at a consistent 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Have you ever wanted to see the kangaroos?

I have good news for you. You don’t need to travel to Australia to see them. In fact, they can be found in the Australian Outback Adventure habitat at the zoo. It contains fourteen kangaroos and there is a winding path where you can observe them as they free bound and graze around. The online ticket prices for the zoo are $14-19 for adults and $10-15 for seniors and children aged from 2 to 18.

Those who are aged under 2 will enter the zoo for free. You can go here to get your tickets. Also, the zoo is home to multiple dining options should you get hungry. Examples of them include Arctic Cafe, Buddy’s Pizza, and Wild Burger Detroit. Souvenir shoppers will have a number of options to shop like The Trading Post, Zoofari Market, and Drake Passage Gifts.

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is located on Baldwin Road along the southern side of Interstate 75 in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills which is around 35 minutes drive north of downtown Detroit. It is the US state of Michigan’s largest aquarium. It is the watery home of two thousand creatures from over 250 species.

Some of the species found there include clownfish, seahorses, turtles, rockpool creatures, jellies, sharks, rays, and green moray eel. You will explore a variety of unique environments at the aquarium ranging from the freshwater lakes of Michigan to the depths of the ocean. The aquarium is categorized into twelve zones, each of them with its own flavor.

Those of you wanting a sneak peek into the waters of Michigan will want to check out the Freshwater zone. This is where you can observe the creatures that live in the state’s streams, rivers, and lakes. If you are looking for somewhere very colorful to go at the aquarium, you should check out the Coral Reef zone.

There, you can discover the breathtaking underwater cities that are brimming with fish of all shapes, colors, and patterns. Are you looking to head down into the depths of the ocean and surround yourself with some of the sea creatures? The Tropical Ocean zone is your best friend at the aquarium.

Within this zone is an underwater ocean tunnel where you can see sharks, rays, green sea turtles, and shoals of glittering fish swim above and besides you. Are you brave enough to explore a sunken ship? You can do that the Shipwreck zone. In this zone, you can head into the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean that is full of mysterious creatures. These are just some of the zones that you can discover at the aquarium.

The fee for admission there starts at $16.95 per person. You can go here to buy your tickets for the aquarium.

Domino’s Petting Farm

Are you seeking a place where you can pet all of the animals that you see? There is a place for that. It is called Domino’s Petting Farm. It is located on Earhart Road in the college town of Ann Arbor which is around 40 minutes drive west of downtown Detroit. It is basically a working farm on a nice piece of land where you can pet all the animals that live there.

Here is a sampling of the animals that you can look forward to petting during your time there and I will share a couple interesting facts about them. Goats are one group of animals that live there. Did you know that baby goats are called kids? Yes, that is what they are actually called. You will also be shocked to learn that even female goats can grow a beard. Pigs are another group of animals you can pet.

Pigs have very poor eye sight, but they have a great sense of smell. When the pigs are fully grown, they tend to weigh between three hundred and seven hundred pounds, sometimes more. Also present at the petting farm are rabbits. They can see almost 360 degrees around. Rabbits are also born hairless and blind, however, they start to grow hair at seven days old while their eyes open up at ten days old.

The admission prices for the petting farm are $6 for general admission, $5.50 for seniors, and $3 for military members, veterans, and first responders. Those who are aged at 23 months or under will get free admission.

These are the three attractions you will want to visit for things to do in Detroit, Michigan that involve animals. Also, if you are looking for something else to do during your time there, consider reading up on the museums you should visit first in Detroit.

Detroit Hotel

If you are looking for a place to stay overnight at during your time in the area, I am happy to help you out with this. Here is a hotel that I would suggest for you.

Hampton Inn Detroit/Auburn Hills – North

This hotel is located on Baldwin Road in Auburn Hills, right next to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include LongHorn Steakhouse, Rainforest Cafe, and Bar Louie. The hotel house indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools along with a hot tub.

There is also a fitness center available for you to use. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $119 to $189. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you an animal lover looking to check out these three attractions in Detroit? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan – Introducing More Museums

Detroit is home to a number of world-class museums for you to check out during your time there. In my previous post, I discussed the three museums within the city that you should visit first for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. Today, I am going to introduce three additional museums for you to visit in the city.

Two of them are located near each other in the northeastern section of Midtown Detroit which is also where the first three museums I mentioned previously are concentrated.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is located on Woodward Avenue to the north of the intersection with Canfield Street in Midtown Detroit. The building that houses the art museum was once home to an auto dealership which makes sense given Detroit’s storied history as the birthplace of the automobile. The art museum is home to an ever-changing selection of exhibits focused on contemporary art.

There are currently three exhibits available for you to check out. They all run from early July 2020 to early January 2021. They include Peter Williams: Black Universe, Conrad Egyir: Terra Nullius, and New Red Order: Crimes Against Reality. The first exhibit is notable for its figurative and abstract paintings, all of which were by Peter Williams. There are more than two dozen of them in this two-part exhibit.

These paintings speak to art historical references, allegories, current events, and personal life experiences. The second exhibit is dedicated to Detroit-based visual artist, Conrad Egyir. This exhibit is known for his artwork involving figurative characters that reside or bestride three geographical areas – Detroit, New York, and Aburi, Ghana.

Conrad’s artwork explores how citizenship, migration, hybrid spaces, and political and religious revolutions are defined by the cultures of these three locations. The third exhibit takes place across two galleries and is centered on the desire for indigeneity through the lens of digital culture, experimental media, and emerging technology.

Everyone aged 12 and up can enter the art museum at a suggested donation of $5. Those who are aged under 12 can enter for free.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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If you are a history buff interested into learning about the history of African Americans, the best place in Detroit for that is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It is located on East Warren Avenue around nine minutes walk northeast of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The African American history museum’s central exhibit is called And Still We Rise.

This exhibit cover more than twenty galleries and offer visitors a comprehensive look at the resilience of African Americans throughout history. It explores their triumphs and tragedies. A few major events that you will experience as you make your way through this exhibit include the Middle Passage, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement.

The Middle Passage was the 16th century event in which enslaved Africans were forced into ships on voyages across the Atlantic ocean from the west coast of Africa to the land that would ultimately become the US a few centuries later. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses in the US during the mid 19th century where African Americans escaped slavery without being caught.

The Civil Rights Movement saw African Americans fight for the same rights afforded to their white counterparts in the US in the mid 20th century. One thing you will notice as you navigate the exhibit is a replica of a Middle Passage slave ship. It contain wall paintings of the scenery designed to make you feel as if you were on the voyage during that period.

The admission fees for the museum are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth aged from 3 to 12. Free admission is granted to those under the age of 3.

Motown Museum

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Music buffs visiting Detroit will definitely want to pay a visit to the Motown Museum. It is located on West Grand Boulevard northwest across Interstate 94 and M 10 from Midtown. It occupies three of the original historic homes that were once used as a recording label called Motown Records. It is popularly known as Hitsville USA. It was notable for popularizing the Motown style of music.

The name, Motown, was born out of Detroit’s nickname – the Motor City. It was founded in 1959 by famed African American music executive, Berry Gordy Jr. It operated in Detroit until 1972. It was noted for being an African American-led recording label during the racial segregation era. As a result, it played a critical role in the racial integration of popular music.

The signature attractions of the museum is the iconic Studio A and Control Room where famed musicians, singers, and producers worked in recording sessions. Some well known names include Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, Smokey Robinson, and Lamont Dozier. During your tour of Studio A and Control Room, you can check out the instruments, equipment, and the recording console.

Another place worth checking out at the museum is Berry Gordy’s Flat which is the upper unit of the recording label where Berry Gordy Jr. once lived. Two notable features you will see there are a dining room table and Berry’s stereo. The admission prices for the museum are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth aged from 5 to 17.

Those of you who are under the age of 5 can enter for free. You can visit here to purchase your tickets for the museum. Those of you looking for souvenirs may want to check out the Motown Museum Store onsite.

These are three more museums you should check out in Detroit. If you would like to broaden your horizons for things to do in Detroit, Michigan, I would suggest you to visit the three beautiful mansions in the area that once belonged to the prominent Ford and Dodge auto-making families.

Detroit Hotel

If you are looking for a hotel to stay at during you are in Detroit, I am happy to help you out with this. Here is a hotel I would suggest for you.

Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney

This hotel is located inside of a beautiful restored building known as the David Whitney Building. It is on Park Avenue in front of Grand Circus Park in the heart of downtown Detroit. The boutique hotel houses a bar called W XYZ. Downtown Detroit has plenty of restaurants for the hungry such as Lafayette Coney Island, Michael Symon’s Roast, and Hudson Cafe.

There is a beautiful four-story atrium within the hotel. For your workouts, you can visit the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center. Many of the hotel’s upscale and chic rooms and suites will treat you to breathtaking views of downtown. Baseball fans will be delighted to know that certain rooms and suites offer unobstructed view inside Comerica Park, home of the MLB’s Detroit Tigers.

All of the rooms and suites will come with WiFi, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $221 to $402. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit these three museums in Detroit? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan – Museums To Visit First

As the birthplace of the automobile, Detroit is renowned for attractions that are themed around cars. I have got you covered on those attractions here. The rise of the automobile in Detroit in the early 20th century enabled members of the prominent automaker families to live lavish lives within their mansions in the area, all of which you can now visit.

Aside from all of those attractions, Detroit is known for its world-class museums and you will want to visit them all for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. But, let’s imagine that you have a limited time to spend in the city. You may be wondering which ones you should visit first.

This is where I come in to help you out. Here are the three museums to visit first. They are all located in the northeastern section of Midtown Detroit known as the Art Center. This area is noted for its neat concentration of museums.

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Michigan Science Center

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The Michigan Science Center is located on John R Street just north of its intersection with East Warren Avenue. This museum houses over 250 hands-on exhibits. So, there is a lot for you to discover there. They are categorized into separate groups including, but not limited to, engineering, space, health and wellness, motion, and a cool area for kids called Kids Town.

In the engineering category, you will have a chance to walk the eighty-foot long Mini Mac Bridge. There is a roundabout for you to travel around within the category. The US Steel Fun Factory is also housed there and is well worth checking out. Within the health and wellness category, you will discover how hidden factors affect people’s health.

It will also allow you to explore what it means to have good nutrition and fitness. You will also gain insights into how making smart choices will improve your health. The motion category deals with the physics of matter and energy including circuits, electrical loads, magnetic fields, simple machines, light, among others. The cool town in Kids Town is built to scale with children aged from 2 to 5 in mind.

It provides them with a place to learn basic science concepts through a variety of fun activities. Probably the best of all the categories I have mentioned is the space one. It provides you with interesting insights into the history of human space travel. It houses cool rocket technology which is nice for rocket enthusiasts who have not had an opportunity to visit Huntsville, Alabama.

The category also provides you with an exciting way to explore the galaxy and the sun. These are just some of the things you will discover at the museum. In addition to the many hands-on exhibits, you will want to check out the live performances where they will show off fun experiments. One example of this is Kaboomistry in which physics and chemistry are mixed in order to produce loud, flashy effects.

The price of admission to the museum range from $16 to $24. You can head here to buy your tickets. Also, if you are hungry, there is an onsite restaurant called the Cosmic Cafe.

Detroit Historical Museum

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The Detroit Historical Museum is located on Woodward Avenue at the intersection with West Kirby Street. This is the museum where you can learn about the storied history of Detroit that go back three hundred years. The museum houses eleven signature exhibits that explore all aspects of Detroit’s history from the automobile’s birth to the city’s role in the production of military equipment during World War II to its music legacy.

The best of these exhibits is called the Street of Old Detroit. This is the exhibit where you can travel through a re-creation of Detroit as it looked during three time periods. They are the 1840’s, the 1870’s, and the turn of the 20th century. It is designed to give you a visual look at how Detroit had transformed from being a rural frontier town to being an industrial city.

You will get a better feel for what buildings, streets, and businesses were like during these three time period. Another interesting exhibit to point out is called Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901. This exhibit will walk you through the things that the residents of Detroit did for work during that two-century time period.

This just scratches the surface for what you can learn at the museum as it relates to the city’s history. The admission fees for the museum are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, active military members, and first responders, and $6 for children. The admission is free for those under the age of 6. You can visit here to buy your tickets.

Detroit Institute of Arts

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The Detroit Institute of Arts is located on Woodward Avenue right in between the Michigan Science Center to the southeast and the Detroit Historical Museum to the northwest. The museum has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. It houses a stunning one hundred galleries for you to check out. There are more than 65,000 artworks dating from the earliest civilizations to the present.

They are divided into eight art themes. They are Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas, American Art, The Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, European Art, Prints Drawings & Photographs, African American Art, Contemporary Art, and Performing Arts. A few artworks to note here include Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle and Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait painting.

The fees for admission into the museum are $14 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for college students, and $6 for youth aged from 6 to 17. Those who are under the age of 6 will receive free admission. Those who are hungry can visit Cafe DIA and Kresge Court – both of which are located onsite. Souvenir shoppers should browse the museum’s shop, DIA Shop.

These are the three museums to visit first for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. I will be talking more world-class museums in the city in my next post. So, stay tuned.

Detroit Hotel

If you are looking for a hotel to stay overnight at during your Detroit visit, I have got you covered here. Here is a hotel that I would suggest you to book your stay with.

Aloft Hotel at The David Whitney

This hotel is located on Park Avenue in front of Grand Circus Park in the heart of downtown Detroit. It is housed inside a beautiful restored building known as the David Whitney Building. The boutique hotel houses a bar called W XYZ. Should you get hungry, downtown Detroit is bustling with restaurants. A few of them include Lafayette Coney Island, Michael Symon’s Roast, and Hudson Cafe.

The hotel is home to a beautiful four-story atrium. So, you will want to check it out. There is a 24-hour fitness center available for your workout needs. Many of the hotel’s upscale and chic rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of downtown.

Baseball fans, in particular, will be pleased to know that certain rooms and suites will offer unobstructed views inside Comerica Park which is where the MLB’s Detroit Tigers play baseball. All rooms and suites at the hotel will offer WiFi, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers.

The average rate for a standard room range from $221 to $402. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you visited any of these museums yet? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan – Mansions

Detroit is notable around the world for being the birthplace of the automobile. As such, there are a few attractions in and around the city that you will want to check out if you are into the world of cars. You can learn about them by visiting this post. For those of you who are hungry for more things to do in Detroit, Michigan though, you will want to consider checking out three beautiful mansions around the area.

The three mansions were owned by members of the prominent Ford and Dodge auto-making families. Today, they are all accessible to the public to visit.

Fair Lane

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Fair Lane is located on Fair Lane Drive in Dearborn which neighbors Detroit to the west. It was the estate of Henry Ford and his wife, Clara. Henry was responsible for inventing the world’s first automobile in 1908 with the Ford Model T. The mansion within the estate is built of limestone. It is designed to resemble an English castle. It bears some influence from the prairie architectural style.

The mansion contains 56 rooms in total. It served as the gathering place for all of Henry and Clara’s grandchildren to be entertain. Every time they gathered at the mansion, a suite of rooms were reserved for them. In addition to the mansion itself, the estate housed many other things. It housed an indoor swimming pool, a bowling alley, a skating house, and a hall for dancing and the playing of music.

There were also cottages for estate staff, a pony barn, a greenhouse for Clara’s gardens, and a hydro-electric powerhouse and dam. Henry housed a laboratory inside a private garage where he continued to experiment with ideas. The beautiful grounds of the estate is noted for its vast gardens and landscaping designed by famed landscape architect Jens Jensen.

The scenic Rouge River navigates its way along the edge of the estate. Fair Lane can be visited free of charge.

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

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The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House is located on Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Shores which is located to the northeast of Detroit. It sits on the shores of scenic Lake St. Clair. This mansion was the home of Edsel Ford and his wife, Eleanor. Edsel is the son of Henry Ford. The mansion is inspired by village cottages from the scenic English region known as the Cotswolds.

The exterior walls of the mansion is constructed of sandstone. The mansion’s exterior is further beautified by moss of ivy grown across it. The traditional slate roof of the mansion feature stone shingles that decreases in size as they reach the peak.

A few of the interior features of the mansion include kitchen counters made of sterling silver, Art Deco-style rooms, and a secret photographic darkroom tucked away behind Edsel’s office. The mansion is renowned for its many paintings hung on walls in rooms like the Drawing Room, the Morning Room, and the Modern Room.

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Jens Jensen, the famed landscape architect responsible for designing the grounds of Fair Lane, also beautified the grounds of this mansion with gardens and other landscaping features. The grounds also features a man-made lagoon and a swimming pool. Along with the mansion, there is a powerhouse and a gate house. The gate house is often mistaken for the mansion itself.

An eight-car garage that features a turntable for rotating cars, is also found on the mansion grounds. The price for the grounds pass is $5 for adults and children aged from 6 to 12. Those who are under the age of 6 will receive free passes. You can visit here to get your grounds passes for the mansion.

Meadow Brook Hall

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Meadow Brook Hall is located on Estate Drive in Rochester, a suburb around 35 minutes drive north of Detroit via Interstate 75. It was the home of Matilda Dodge Wilson and her second husband Alfred Wilson. Matilda was the heiress to the Dodge automaker fortune. The mansion is designed in the Tudor Revival architectural style. The mansion features a whopping 110 rooms.

This makes this mansion the fourth largest historic mansion museum in the United States. The mansion is renowned for its stonework. It houses numerous paintings by Anthony van Dyck, Rosa Bonheur, Joshua Reynolds, John Constable, and Thomas Gainsborough. The mansion also features Tiffany glass, Stickley furniture, Meissen porcelain, and Rockwood pottery.

The mansion is the centerpiece of the sprawling country estate. The country estate also feature numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, and several residences. The serene grounds of the estate is decorated with formal gardens. The estate is filled with lore that offers an insight into local history. You will be able to explore the family archives and check out the original furnishings.

There are also opportunities to have picnics and play games on the lawn onsite if you would like. You don’t want to miss out on the estate’s garages either because they house a nice collection of vintage Dodge cars. The admission fees are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for children aged 6 to 12. There is free admission for those under the age of 6.

These are the beautiful mansions that you will want to visit for additional things to do in Detroit, Michigan. If the allure of visiting these mansions capture your attention, may I suggest that you feast your eyes on a few similar posts to this one?

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Detroit Hotels

Should you need a place to stay overnight at during your time in Detroit, I am happy to help you out with this. Here are the two hotels I would suggest for you.

DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit-Dearborn

This hotel is located just northwest of the interchange of M 153 and M 39 (Southfield Freeway) in Dearborn. This hotel houses an onsite restaurant called grille39. There is an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub at the hotel. A fitness center is also available for you to use.

WiFi is featured in all the hotel’s rooms and suites. The average rate for a standard room range from $118 to $179. You can go here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

DoubleTree by Hilton Detroit Downtown – Fort Shelby

This hotel is located on West Lafayette Boulevard in bustling downtown Detroit. It occupies the restored historic Fort Shelby building. Motor City Kitchen is the onsite restaurant while Round Bar is the onsite bar. The hotel houses a fitness center for your workout needs. All of the rooms and suites at the hotel feature WiFi, mini refrigerators, and microwaves.

The average rate for a standard room range from $151 to $310. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit these three mansions when you are in the area? Feel free to leave a comment below.

Things To Do In Memphis, TN – Museums Outside Of Music

If you are planning on visiting Memphis, chances are high that you will want to check out at least some of the city’s iconic music-related offerings like Elvis Presley’s Graceland and blues-worthy Beale Street. I have dug through them all over the course of two posts. They can be found here and here.

However, not everything about Memphis is related to the music. In fact, the city boasts some compelling museums that have nothing to do with the music at all. So, here are the three museums that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on for things to do in Memphis, TN.

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National Civil Rights Museum

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The National Civil Rights Museum is located on Mulberry Street in the southern part of downtown Memphis. This museum is most notable for being the site where the American civil rights icon, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated. He was assassinated there in 1968. This museum used to be a motel called Lorraine Motel which was where MLK Jr. stayed overnight during his Memphis visit.

This museum covers about five centuries worth of the civil rights movement, starting with the resistance to slavery in 1619 – long before the United States became an independent country. There are currently fifteen exhibits available at the museum for you to explore. By far the most notable exhibit is called King’s Last Hours.

This is where you can visit the iconic motel rooms where MLK Jr. and his aides stayed just before his assassination. This is where you can learn about what happened during MLK Jr.’s last hours. In the exhibit, The Children Shall Lead Them, you will get to visit the jail cell where MLK Jr. was locked up in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963.

This is where you can learn about the key moments and speeches during MLK Jr.’s civil rights campaign and how it had received intense media attention worldwide. You can also read the text from his iconic Letter from a Birmingham Jail on the wall of his jail cell. Another of the museum’s exhibits is called A Culture of Resistance.

There, you can learn about more than two centuries worth of slavery and the impact that it had on America and the world. You can learn about the capture of slaves, the goods that they produced, and the wealth that slave owners and traders amassed off of them. These are just a few of the exhibits you can explore at the museum.

The admission fees for the museum are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and college students, and $14 for children aged from 5 to 17. Those who are under the age of 5 will get free admission. You can head here to buy your tickets. Also, if you are curious about what other civil rights attractions you can visit in America, I would suggest that you read up on the attractions that you can check out in the US state of Alabama.

Pink Palace Museum

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The Pink Palace Museum is located on Central Avenue in the Chickasaw Gardens area of Memphis which is near the University of Memphis campus. It is about six miles east of downtown. The Pink Palace is so-called because it is covered in pink Georgian marble. This breathtaking building used to be the mansion that belonged to Clarence Saunders who was the founder of the grocery store chain, Piggly Wiggly.

The museum now takes up residence inside the former mansion. It is dedicated to both the natural and cultural history of Memphis. Located in the museum’s original entrance lobby is a three-panel mural commemorating the discovery of the Mississippi River near the site of today’s Memphis.

The natural history aspect of the museum is notable for its showcase of dinosaur fossils, human and animal skeletons and skulls, and rock and mineral specimens. The cultural history aspect focuses on the evolution of Memphis throughout its history. Some notable showcases include a log cabin, a Victorian music room, a battle diorama of the American Civil War, and horse-drawn carriages.

The prices of admission to the museum are $15 for adults, $14 for seniors, and $10 for children aged from 3 to 12. Those who are aged under 3 will enter for free. Metro Eats is the museum’s onsite restaurant. Those of you who are into souvenirs can check out the Museum Store.

Children’s Museum of Memphis

If you happen to have little ones with you when visiting Memphis, you shouldn’t miss out on the Children’s Museum of Memphis is located at the intersection of Central Avenue and South Hollywood Street just a couple miles west of the Pink Palace Museum. The museum houses nearly thirty hands-on exhibits designed specifically to allow your children’s imaginations to run wild.

I will go over some examples. The first exhibit is called Going Places. This is where children can enter the cockpit of a FedEx cargo plane in order to take control and deliver the cargos to a number of places including Paris, the White House, and the North Pole.

The Bankshot Basketball exhibit will give the little ones the opportunity to test their basketball skills by navigating their way through a course of nineteen unconventionally configured backboards. In the Light Bright exhibit, children can get creative with giant LightBrights of different colors in order to create spectacular light displays by placing them into holes on the wall.

For the little ones who want to dance, they can head to the Time Square exhibit. It is brimming with flashing lights and mirrors. In the midst of it all, they can dance and sing to the tune of popular songs. The price for the museum for everyone aged 1 and above is $15. Those who are aged under 1 will enter for free.

These three museums should be at the top of your to-do list for things to do in Memphis, TN. Also, if you would prefer something at least a bit outdoorsy, how about visiting a few beautiful parks in the city? You can go here to learn more.

Memphis Hotels

If you are looking for a hotel to stay overnight during your visit to Memphis, I have got your back. Here are the two hotels I would suggest you to book your stay with.

Comfort Suites West Memphis I-40 I-55

This hotel is located on Stephen Boulevard near the Arkansas 191 interchange with Interstates 40 and 55 in West Memphis, Arkansas which is just across the Mississippi River from Memphis. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. If you get hungry, a few nearby dining options include Sicily’s, Cracker Barrel, and Kelley’s Kickin Chicken. The hotel houses an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.

All of the hotel’s suites come with WiFi and kitchenettes with microwaves and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $87 to $149. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham West Memphis

This hotel is located on North Sixth Street just south of Interstates 40 and 55 in West Memphis. There is complimentary breakfast available at the hotel. For the hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Cracker Barrel, Kelley’s Kickin Chicken, and Sicily’s. There is an indoor swimming pool as well as a fitness center at the hotel.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, microwaves, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $87 to $181. You can go here to browse your booking options and/or view some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you been to any of these three museums in Memphis before? Feel free to drop a comment below.