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Tinker. Hack. Invent. Saturdays
Every Saturday, every month (10am - 2pm)
It’s a weekly celebration of American ingenuity. We call it Tinker. Hack. Invent. and it takes place every Saturday. Join our Tinker Task Force and have a blast trying your hand at all sorts of things. Then, on the last Saturday of every month, we open our doors to crafters, basement scientists, hobbyists, inventive foodies, tinkerers — the kind of folks you’ll find at our annual Maker Faire — and ask them to share their expertise and enthusiasm with museum visitors. Americans are famous for their ingenuity and resourcefulness, for their eagerness to improve and explore new ideas. This is your chance to learn firsthand how that spirit is alive and well today. Come explore your own ingenuity. Try your hand at something new, something different. The activities change month to month. Hands-on. How-to, DIY, science and more! The only limitation is your imagination. And it’s free* with museum admission or membership.

*Some supply fees may apply.
   

monthly themes
(Activities and community makers are subject to change.)

January - Luminescence
In a salute to James Cameron’s AVATAR: The Exhibition™, join our own Tinker Task Force as we explore the magic of luminescence. January 25 - We welcome our guests from Toledo’s Imagination Station. Explore the science of Cool Light and mix up your own batch of glowing slime.

February - Mechanical BrushBot
Come construct and put your own mechanical BrushBot through our group challenges.

March - Women Innovator Coasters
Join our Tinker Task Force as we salute the women from OnInnovation.com. Make a cool image coaster Honoring these innovators.

April - Reinvent Detroit Cityscape
Help the Tinker Task Force create a new Detroit using recyclable materials.

Community Maker on April 26th - TechShop Detroit Presents: COMPRESSED AIR PAPER ROCKETS!
A blast for kids 5 and up in a make, play and take format. We'll have a station for kids to cut out, assemble, modify and decorate soft paper rockets. Once built, kids (and the young of heart!) can shoot their rocket from a compressed air launcher made from common plumbing and lawn sprinkler parts along a fixed monofilament line that is attached to the museum ceiling. In this way, we can send the rockets on dramatic indoor flights while controlling precisely where they fly. Each rocket will ride along that monofilament fishing line by hitching onto a section of plastic straw that slides up and down the line. The flight is controlled by the design of your rocket and the air pressure that you pump into the launcher. Afterward, folks can take their rockets home with them. Tools used are paper tape, markers and common scissors.

May - Making Speakers
In honor of our new exhibit, Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power, we’ll make our own audio speakers.

Community Maker for May 31st - Arts & Scraps Presents: Be Your Own Inventor
Let your creative juices & innovative skills flow! Make your own invention using a variety of materials.

June - Making Music
In honor of our Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power exhibit, come make your own guitar.

Community Maker for June 28th - Ben's Encore: Build Your Own Musical Instrument
Ben's Encore, a local nonprofit that provides opportunities for aspiring musicians and music education, will be building homemade instruments in support of the Women Who Rock exhibit. Come by and check out how to build instruments with household items and even play music with fruits and vegetables! Learn more about Ben's Encore at www.bensencore.com

July - Maker Faire™ Detroit
In a salute to our Maker Faire™ Detroit, explore Edison’s contributions and make your own simple circuit.

August - Rocketry
Join the Tinker Task Force as we construct some easy air rockets.

September - Discovery Camp’s Greatest Hits
Join our Tinker Task Force as we repeat the favorite projects of our summer Discovery Camp.

October - Grossology
Join the ghoulish Halloween fun as we look at the science behind Halloween magic.

November - Touchdown with Gridiron Glory
Come Salute our newest exhibit, Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and explore the science and technology of football.

December - High-Tech Candles
Celebrate the holidays by creating cool flickering LED candles.


pricing

All activities are free with museum admission.

MEMBERS free of charge
NONMEMBER SENIORS ages 62 & up, $15
ADULTS ages 13-61, $17
YOUTH ages 5-12, $12.50
CHILDREN 4 & under, free

Parking is $5 per vehicle.


what to bring, what to wear

The exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum are spread across several acres, all indoors. Comfortable clothing and walking shoes are recommended. Wheelchairs and electric scooters are available to rent for a fee at the IMAX® and Clocktower entrances. Electric scooter supplies are limited; please arrive early if you plan to rent one. You are welcome to bring your own wheelchairs, electric scooters and children's strollers; however, upright electric scooters (Segways) are not allowed on the premises.

Bring a camera; photography is allowed in most areas of the museum.


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Tickets to the Henry Ford Museum are available online, through The Henry Ford Call Center (open 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm) at 313.982.6001 and at all admissions counters. Tickets can be mailed when reservations are made 2 weeks or more in advance. Tickets purchased less than 2 weeks out will be held at IMAX® Will Call. 


directions/maps
The Henry Ford is located in Dearborn, Michigan on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard, just west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12).
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
From the East or West via I-94:
Take I-94 to the Oakwood Boulevard exit; go north on Oakwood. The Henry Ford is 2.5 miles from the exit on the corner of Village Road and Oakwood Boulevard.
From the South via I-75:
Exit to northbound Southfield Freeway (M-39); drive 4.1 miles to Oakwood Boulevard (Exit 4). Left on Oakwood and drive 1.8 miles.
From the North via Southfield Road (or I-96):
Take Southfield Freeway (M-39) south 4.5 miles past I-96 and exit at Michigan avenue (Exit 6). Continue on the Southfield service drive (veer left) for .5 mile. At the first stoplight, turn right onto Village Road (through the iron gates) and drive .75 mile.
Metro Detroit often has major construction projects. Please check the following sites for the latest on construction areas and road closures.
Michigan Department of Transportation
AAA Traffic & Construction Report