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Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Upstairs at Thomas Edison's Menlo Park Laboratory (replica buildings constructed in 1929 in Greenfield Village).
The Henry Ford is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. It is visited by 1.6 million people each year. The 12 acre site is primarily a collection of antique machinery, pop culture items, automobiles, locomotives, aircraft, and other items, including Buckminster Fuller's prototype Dymaxion house; Igor Sikorsky's prototype helicopter; the Fokker Trimotor airplane that flew the first flight over the North Pole; Fairbottom Bobs, the Newcomen engine; a steam engine from Cobb's Engine House in England; and a Chesapeake & Ohio Railway "Allegheny" class steam locomotive, the most powerful steam locomotive ever built. Greenfield Village, the outdoor living history museum section of the complex, was the first outdoor museum of its type in the nation. Structures include the Wright brothers' bicycle shop and home; a replica of Thomas Edison's Menlo Park laboratory complex; Henry Ford's prototype garage; and the Illinois courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Various modes of historic transportation provide rides for visitors, including Ford Model Ts, a 1931 Ford Model AA bus and trains pulled by steam locomotives.
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