Companion Tour Descriptions

Organizer Contacts:

Alvina Harvey |  248-347-6238 | alvina7846@sbcglobal.net

Andrea Ketten | aketten45@gmail.com


 

Greenfield Village:

Greenfield Village is a collection of nearly 100 historic buildings on a 200-acre (80-hectare) site in Dearborn, southeastern Michigan, U.S. It was established in 1933 by industrialist Henry Ford, who relocated or reconstructed buildings there from throughout the United States. The village includes the birthplaces, homes, or workplaces of Ford, William Holmes McGuffey, Noah Webster, Luther Burbank, and Wilbur and Orville Wright. Also featured are Thomas A. Edison’s laboratory from Menlo Park, New Jersey, a Stephen Foster memorial, a courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law, a steam-powered paddleboat and several active locomotives and a steam train ride, as well as representative English and early American homes, public buildings, and craft shops. The adjoining Henry Ford Museum houses a collection of Americana.  At the Eagle Tavern you can savor authentic period cuisine and atmosphere in this authentic 1850s stagecoach stop.  www.thehenryford.org/village/index.aspx

Note:  If the weather is unsuitable for touring Greenfield Village, we will visit the Henry Ford Museum instead which is located adjacent to the village.  www.henryford.org

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The Ford Factory Tour

Put yourself at the center of sheer manufacturing might. Beyond the awe-inspiring sweep, scale and action of the real-life factory floor where the new military grade aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150 are made, get set for some eye-opening encounters with the technology of tomorrow — today.

Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes: Legacy Theater, Manufacturing Innovation Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Assembly Plant and the Legacy Gallery. Theater seating is limited to 100 guests per show; shows run continuously until 4:00 PM and are seated on a first come first serve basis.  The Factory Tour is handicapped accessible.

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Legacy Theater

Learn about the triumphs and tragedies surrounding the Rouge, much of it told through rare, never-before-seen historic footage.
Approximate time: 13 minutes

Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a self-guided five-part experience that includes: Legacy Theater, Manufacturing Innovation Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Assembly Plant and the Legacy Gallery. Theater seating is limited to 100 guests per show; shows run continuously until 4:00 PM and are seated on a first come first serve basis.  The Factory Tour is handicapped accessible.

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Manufacturing Innovation Theater

A multisensory exploration of the manufacturing experience, from concept to highway. Filled with jaw-dropping special effects, from “floating” 3D laser projection mapping and high-energy audio to a breathtaking behind-the-wheel finale.
Approximate time: 10 minutes

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Observation Deck Tour

View the ground-breaking living roof from our 80-foot-high Observation Deck.
Variable time: 5-15 minutes


Assembly Plant Walking Tour

See where the new military grade aluminum-alloy body Ford F-150s are assembled in a lean and flexible manufacturing plant. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the final assembly process from an elevated walkway.
Variable time: 30-45 minutes

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Legacy Gallery

View five historic vehicles made at the Rouge, hop in a new F-150, and visit our Factory Store.

http://www.thehenryford.org/rouge/index.aspx


The Motown Museum (Hitsville U.S.A.)

Motown Museum – Hitsville U.S.A. is the original birthplace of the Motown Sound where many of your favorite hit songs were recorded. The Motown Museum is one of Southeastern Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Each year the museum attracts thousands of visitors from across the nation and around the globe to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists and groups recorded much-loved music, and to view the upper flat where Berry Gordy lived with his young family during the company’s earliest days.

Home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs, and other memorabilia, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the legacy of the Motown Record Company and to educate and motivate people, especially youth.  The Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.  www.motownmuseum.org

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The Detroit Institute of Art

The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century.

A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art.

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory.

The CafeDIA serves a wide selection of delicious hot and cold entrees, and the DIA gift shop has something for everyone’s pocketbook.  www.dia.org

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The Story of the Yankee Air Museum

The Story of the Yankee Air Museum begins in 1941 when Willow Run Airport was built by the Ford Motor Company to serve as an airfield for their B-24 Bomber Plant. This was the first aircraft manufacturing complex to use Ford’s automotive mass production technique, a leading technological innovation of the time. Ford Motor Company built 8,685 B-24 Liberators from 1942 until the end of World War II. At its peak, the Willow Run facility employed over 42,000 people and produced one B-24 every 59 minutes. When the war was over, the airport became the hub for passenger flights and air freight in the Detroit Metropolitan area. To learn more of the history of the Willow Run area, please visit:

www.yankeeairmuseum.org

 

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