Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village
20061 Michigan Ave.
Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: (313) 436-9600
Fax: (313) 436-8345
Arts & Museums
Located in Dearborn, the Henry Ford Museum showcases the fascinating history of American innovation. You'll find a 1909 Ford Model T on display, as well as the bus that Rosa Parks made a stand on in 1955. See a kitchen from the 1930s, a locomotive, and the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was assassinated. The range of items in the museum is wide, featuring interesting pieces relating to manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, and technology.
Get a feel for American life in a different era at Greenfield Village. This village showcases everyday activities of citizens living in the 18th and 19th centuries. On a visit here, you'll find demonstrations of typesetting, blacksmithing, and glass blowing. Visit Thomas Edison's Menlo Park workshop in this village, as well as other historic homes relocated from across the country. There's a working farm in the village and you can watch baseball games played with the rules from the 1860s.
The Hall of Fame is the automobile industry's own monument to its pioneers, innovators and captains. It was located in Midland, Michigan, until this 25,000-square-foot building was built adjacent to Greenfield Village in 1997. A 65-foot-long, 12-foot-high mural by artist and former car designer John Gable illustrates the history of the motor vehicle. Interactive exhibits and historical information abound throughout the Hall, with biographies of the more than 150 inductees. A package admission can be purchased to include the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
Located in Dearborn, this academy dedicated to all things glass is just a few miles from Detroit off of Highway 12. Founded by artists Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin, the academy strives to promote and educate on the art of glass blowing. Various programs and courses on this unique art are offered throughout the year, as well as a variety of workshops and events. A one-of-a-kind attraction, find out more about this fragile medium by paying a visit to the academy.
The Arab American National Museum, located just east of Detroit in Dearborn, is devoted to educating people about Arab American culture and history. Exhibits include Coming to America and Living in America as well as other exhibits designed to bring about awareness about Arab Americans' contributions to the culture, economy and society of the United States. The museum also focuses on immigration and shared experiences with other ethnic groups.
Located on Plymouth Road is a privately owned Italian American Historical Artistic Museum that displays works of Silvio Luigi Barile, a World War II survivor. Filled with sculptures and statues that Barile has painstakingly made himself, the museum is located right behind his bakery. Featuring a lot of artwork inspired by Silvio's Italian heritage, it makes for an interesting visit.
On the grounds of Historic Fort Wayne, this museum documents the first African-American flying unit, the segregated 99th Fighter Squadron, which served in the US Air Force during World War II. There are wonderful collections of aircraft models and fliers' uniforms, the leather bomber jackets with white scarves. Detroit came to host the museum because former Mayor Coleman Young was a Tuskegee Airman. Visiting hours are by appointment only, so be sure to call ahead.
The only remaining fort of many that once stood along the Detroit River, Fort Wayne is an 82-acre (33.18 hectare) site that includes the fort, barracks, a garrison, a huge parade ground and a restored commander's house. It dates to the 1840s and never saw battle, though it was used as a mustering center during the Civil War. The fort can be accessed only through a guided tour. The premises are also home to the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum.
Besides a huge collection of beads that carry a wide variety of cultural significance, MBAD's African Bead Museum is a haven for art lovers. Ivory, silver, other carved objects and a gallery featuring paintings and sculpture by local African-American artists are also displayed here. It's a short ride from downtown and is a fascinating stop for African history buffs. Guided tours are available.
Established in 1995, this grass-roots music museum opened on the northwest side of Detroit, in the heart of gospel music country. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to national and local gospel artists. It also highlights the role the gospel tradition played in the development of Motown singers.The museum relies primarily on donations. The museum is open for tours by appointment only.
Dedicated to showcasing the latest and greatest multimedia artwork and light-based pieces, the Kunsthalle Detroit is a must visit. Featuring local and world-renowned artists, this museum features bold and visually stimulating artwork through the mediums of photography, film, video, light sculpture, computer generation and more. Their complex installations are engaging and encourage contemplation from a diverse audience. This museum is without a doubt, an experience unto itself!
Housed in one massive four story building, this art complex strives to bring together local artists and their work under one roof. Featuring 31 different galleries, studios and offices throughout the four flours, 4731 Gallery showcases a variety of mediums. Everything from sculpture, photography, pottery, mixed media, fashion and interior designers to wedding planners and music promotional companies can be found here. The various galleries and offices are open to the public, but be sure to visit the website for opening times and business information.