Automotive History in Michigan
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Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
The collection of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum includes 30 vintage automobiles with a historical connection to Ypsilanti, including a 1933 Hudson Terraplane K Series Coach.
The museum incorporates Miller Motors and a collection consisting of advertising, service, repair, and promotional items that were essential to the automobile business of the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's.
Wills Sainte Claire Museum
The original home of the C.H. Wills Company, which produced their first overhead-cam V-8 (model A-68) in 1921 and later reorganized as Wills Sainte Claire, Inc. in 1923.
The donated building houses the Wills Sainte Claire Museum to help promote the antique car hobby and educate the public about the history of C. Harold Wills and the Wills Sainte Claire automobile.
The Henry Ford
The Museum
The ultimate place to explore what Americans past and present have imagined and invented.  More vast, more expansive and more diverse than anything you'll encounter in everyday life.  The sweeping, single-floor space with its soaring 40-foot ceilings covers nine acres dedicated to showcasing the finest collection of its kind ever assembled.
Greenfield Village
There are 83 authentic, historic structures, from Noah Webster’s home, to Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park laboratory, to the courthouse where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.  You can also ride in a genuine Model T or ride a train with a 19th-century steam engine.
The Roush Automotive Collection
The Roush Automotive Collection is a 30,000 sq. ft. private facility housing a wide variety of displays, multi-media exhibits, artifacts, memorabilia and 110+ vehicles dedicated to the preservation of the heritage of Roush Enterprises.
The collection contains educational exhibits of products and processes from Roush as a supplier of technological services to the automotive industry, aviation industry and other manufactured goods businesses.
R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum presents rare vehicles like REO, Star, Durant, and Viking as well as classic Oldsmobiles, buggies, bicycles, trucks and engines — enjoy the excitement of transportation history.
Packard Proving Grounds
In 1925, The Packard Motor Car Company retained renowned industrial architect Albert Kahn to design and oversee construction of a grand showplace.
In 2002, Ford gifted the seven acres of land containing the grand entrance gates, the Lodge, the Garage, the elevated water storage tank, and the Chrysler Defense building to the Packard Motor Car Foundation.  An additional seven acres contains the timing tower, a 458-foot section of the test track, and the relocated Lindbergh hangar.
Nankin Mills
Nankin Mills is said to have been a favorite place for Henry Ford to visit during his boyhood.  Ford would join his father, a farmer, for the journey to the mill by wagon along Ann Arbor Trail, which fronts the mill.  In 1918, Henry Ford purchased Nankin Mills and converted it into a small factory.  Although Ford made major changes to the mill, he worked hard to maintain the integrity of the old building.  For example, Ford required that tongue-and-groove hardwood floors be installed and that wooden pegs be used to fasten the planks to the supporting beans, a method that was used around the time of the Civil War.  Ford also bought and restored the miller’s (tenant's) house just west of the mill.
Model T Automotive Heritage Complex
Detroit's Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birthplace of the Model T. Today, it is the only example of an early Detroit auto factory open to visitors.  You can see where Henry Ford designed the Model T and built the first 12,000 "Tin Lizzies."
Learn about the other models Ford built at the Piquette plant between 1904 and 1910. And the colorful personalities of Piquette who set the world's record for car production, making Ford Motor Company the world's largest manufacturer of automobiles in less than four years.
Michigan Historical Museum
The Michigan Historical Museum surrounds visitors with Michigan history from prehistoric times through the late twentieth century.  Twenty-six permanent galleries and a special exhibit gallery are located on five levels.  A three story relief map of Michigan greets the visitor in the museum's main atrium.  Walk through an Upper Peninsula copper mine, stroll along a 1920s street, explore the 1957 Detroit Auto Show--and more.  Don't miss the Museum Store for great Michigan related gift items!
Meadowbrook Hall
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband Alfred Wilson, and their four children.  Automotive pioneer John F. Dodge's tragic death in 1920 left Matilda one of the world's wealthiest women.
Meadow Brook Hall was built by the Detroit architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls between 1926 and1929, at a cost of nearly $4 million The Tudor-revival architecture is renowned for superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 sq ft.  Carefully preserved with original family furnishings and art, the 110-room mansion is elaborately detailed with carved wood and stone, ornate plaster ceilings, Tiffany stained glass, custom made hardware, and filled with fine and decorative art.
Henry Ford Estates - Fairlane
A stately self-contained enclave of privacy and natural beauty, tucked away on 1300 acres of rambling Dearborn farmland.  Fair Lane stands today as a true reflection of Henry and Clara Ford's interests and ideals.
Begun in February 1914, the residence was built with rough-hewn Ohio limestone to harmonize with the surrounding countryside.  The grounds were designed by noted landscape architect Jens Jensen.
Gilmore Car Museum
Dreams of finding an “old car in a barn” are a daily reality here.  Nestled on 90 landscaped acres in restored historic barns are over 200 extraordinary vehicles spanning more than 100 years of automotive heritage.  Here you will find exhibits ranging from a 1899 Locomobile, to the classic Duesenberg or the elusive Tucker '48, and from the Model T to the muscle cars of the 60s and 70s.
Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is the final residence of the prominent family along the shores of Lake St. Clair, at a place known locally as Gaukler Pointe.  This impressive yet unpretentious home is where they raised and nurtured their four children - Henry II, Benson, Josephine and William - in a safe and loving environment.  It reflects their love of family as well as their mutual passion for art and quality design.
Durant-Dort Headquarters
William C. Durant and his business partner, J. Dallas Dort, completed this building in 1896. It was originally the headquarters of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company, one of the largest volume producers of horse-drawn vehicles in the United States at the turn of the century.  Many of the decisions that led to the birth of General Motors, now the world's largest automobile manufacturer, took place here.
Detroit Historical Museum
The Detroit Historical Museum, established in 1928, is one of America’s oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history.
Over 80,000 square feet of exhibition space house more than 600 historic artifacts in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center district.
More than 300 years of metro Detroit history is exhibited, including a 19th century street scene known as The Streets of Old Detroit, and an authentic auto assembly line known simply as The Motor City.
Buick Gallery and Research Center
Buick Automotive Gallery has something for everyone!  Visitors can relax with an old glass bottle Coke® at the 1940s soda fountain of Mackenzie's Drug Store; pose for a photograph behind the wheel of the Museum's climb-on car, a 1917 Buick Touring; or observe Museum staff and volunteers as they work on our automotive collection in our new vehicle conservation and restoration shop.  There’s always something happening at the Buick Automotive Gallery!
Automotive Hall of Fame
Over 200 individuals have been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame and include such pioneers and leaders as Benz, Bosch, Bugatti, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroen, Daimler, Dodge, Durant, Duryea, Ferrari, Ford, Honda, Maybach, Olds, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Sloan and Toyoda.
Today, the Automotive Hall of Fame welcomes nearly 30,000 visitors a year and recognizes achievement in the automotive and related industries through four recognitions:
Alfred P. Sloan Museum
Regional history, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum.
The Hometown Gallery invites visitors to explore the 19th century with interactive activities in three historic settings.  The Buick Automotive Gallery presents major automotive exhibits featuring vehicles from the Sloan fleet of over 80 Flint-built automobiles.
Michigan Firehouse Museum
The Michigan Firehouse Museum encompasses over 26,000 square feet of educational treasure that includes an original 1898 firehouse and modern, multilevel exhibit display area.
Visitors can view a fire engine steamer replete with horses.  The large, modern addition offers 25 changing exhibits of antique fire trucks and early fire rigs, historic artifacts including tools, equipment, memorabilia and the largest collection of fire truck bells in the country.
Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
The collection of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum includes 30 vintage automobiles with a historical connection to Ypsilanti, including a 1933 Hudson Terraplane K Series Coach.
The museum incorporates Miller Motors and a collection consisting of advertising, service, repair, and promotional items that were essential to the automobile business of the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's.

Automotive history is American history.  It's all here in southeast Michigan.  And it all starts in Ypsilanti.
Michigan's 3288 miles of coastline- longer than any state except Alaska- provides four seasons of recreation fun.  This year, add another dimension to your adventure by visiting Ypsilanti and exploring America's cultural and manufacturing heritage.
Ypsilanti has fine hotels, a world class resort, an exciting variety of cuisine and enough nightlife for two major universities.  Located between Ann Arbor and Detroit, Ypsilanti is the perfect "ground zero" for your automotive adventure!
 
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