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Engines Exposed: The Perfect Valentine’s Surprise For The Man In Your Life

When I told my husband about the opportunity to go see Engines Exposed at the Henry Ford Museum I was reminded of good old Home Improvement grunts. Engines Exposed runs until March 15, 2015 and promises to be the car enthusiasts favorite exhibit of the year (making it the PERFECT Valentine’s surprise for your man – just wrap up tickets in a candy box – he won’t know what hit him!)
If you’re planning to attend the Detroit Auto Show in the next few weeks, then a side trip to the museum would be a great way to start your day. For everything the auto show offers in future designs & technology, the Henry Ford Engines Exposed exhibit offers in history. Do you want to find out what cars lead to the creation of modern engines or how car safety was addressed in the past? Engines Exposed has the answers, and you might be surprised by a few of them.
Check out the safety seating provided by the 1957 Cornell-Liberty Safety Car,
nick named the “safest car in the world” and designed to help protect people
from the large amount of vehicle injuries & deaths in recent years
Matt Anderson, the museum’s curator of transportation, was quoted in the Detroit News saying “… the exhibit is a nice tie-in with the Auto Show, which opens to the public January 17th at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. He hopes Auto Show-goers might make a detour to The Henry Ford museum for “Engines Exposed.”
Normally you can expect to see just 3 cars with their hoods up at the Henry Ford museum, but during Engines Exposed you can look forward to seeing over 40 of them. Iconic cars like the 1948 Tucker 48 or the 1931 Bugatti Type 41 Royale, one of only 6 of it’s kind ever made. Quintessential Americana such as the CBS “On The Road” 1975 FMC motorhome used by Charles Kuralt and the 1935 Stagecoach Travel Trailer given to Charles Lindbergh by Henry Ford himself.
As if the man in your life wasn’t excited enough already, make sure you check out one of the 18 digital kiosks throughout Driving America. In just a few clicks you’ll be able to see gorgeous high definition pictures of the engines, with such great detail you can read the lettering on the exposed parts. Take a 360 degree tour of the interior of the car of your dreams. Better yet, scan your smart device or get a free “my collections card” from the ticket booth and you can have access to all these amazing images from home. Yes, seriously, you can take the museum home with you for free! (Are you starting to understand why this might be the best Valentine’s present ever, yet?!)
Great news though, this amazing technology isn’t just for car lovers – even though all 18 kiosks are located in the Driving America exhibit you can use them to look up all kinds of things the museum has to offer. Larry, one of the amazing staff members on hand when we visited, told me a fantastic story about a woman that was interested in the dolls owned by the Henry Ford museum. With just a few clicks she was able to see every single doll the Henry Ford has, both on exhibit and in storage. Even loaned out items, or those placed within Greenfield Village, can be searched in their impressive data base.
Curious, I decided to try it out for myself… here I typed in “coats” and low and behold,
I found pictures and information for every coat within their collection.
Imagine what this could mean for a classroom teacher?!
As many of my readers know, our family has a special place in our hearts for The Henry Ford museum & Greenfield Village, partially because of the amazing exhibits they contain, but also because they go out of their way to make visiting with your family a convenience, not a burden. The Henry Ford museum was designed with mothers in mind – large couches are placed throughout the museum to provide a place to relax and soak it all in (hello nursing mamas!), while hands on children’s activities help your little ones burn off some steam.
Looking for one more fantastic feature? The Engines Exposed exhibit is free with your general admission purchase, and you can take 10% off by ordering online ahead of time. But you’ll have to act fast, this exhibit is only here for a limited time – the hoods will close March 15th, so pick a date, surprise your honey with the Valentine’s date of his dreams, pack up the kids & go make lasting family memories at the museum together – you’ll be glad you did!
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I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to the Henry Ford museum for allowing my family to visit as their guests to write this review for you. We had a fantastic time and can’t wait to go back again soon!
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