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Monday, 23 April, 2012 1:57 PM

'Driving America' is now on display at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

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The beginning of the new "Driving America" exhibit at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Mich.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

 

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DEARBORN, Mich. -- On January 29, 2012 a new exhibit called "Driving America" arrived at the Henry Ford Museum. This is a timeline of transportation, even before cars, from the 1800's to present day. There are more than 130 vehicles and more than 60 cases of artifacts. There are century-old electric cars, current hybrids, muscle cars and racing cars to luxury cars and pickup trucks.

Applying new technology, there are 18 touch screen kiosks, which offer visitors the ability to connect with the museum curators on details, images, videos and history. You can see a collection if items from the museum in high-resolution digital format with explanations and videos. Visitors can create their own collection, which can be accessed through their phone or home computer for later reference.

Visitors can listen to car tunes from 1900 to today, create a car commercial or design your own car. You also can test drive a virtual Model T through a series of driving challenges while earning a driver's certificate. Another option is to plan the car of your dreams-- but in 1947 style. There is a section on automobile safety hosted by a crash test dummy and see how child safety seats have progressed and improved the safety of our youngsters.

Stop in for lunch or dinner at Lamy's diner, which for the first time, is open for business. Set your tastes on some roadside diner food.

Visitors will experience the amazing journey of the automobile. "Driving America" inspires people to get up close and personal with their relationship with automobile transportation.

The Henry Ford is open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12.50 for children 5-12. Children 4 and under get in free.

OVERALL RATING: B

Related Story: REVIEW: 'Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition' is a must-see at The Henry Ford in Dearborn

 

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One of two Ford Electric Focus prototypes ever built. AmericaJR.com's Jason Rzucidlo test drove the other one, which is on display at a museum in L.A.

 

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Lamy's Diner

 

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It is now open for business!

 

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Stagecoach

 

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Cross Town Line carriage

 

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