One of my favorite books of all time is Peter Pan. I think there’s something so magnificently brilliant about the idea of a person who never grows up.
Since I, unfortunately, don’t live in Neverland I’ve accepted the fact that I will have to grow up. However, there’s nothing that says I have to 100% be a grown up and hopefully that day will never happen.
I can tell you this at least, that day is not today (and most likely not tomorrow . . . or the next day).
One of my favorite places to go as a kid was the Henry Ford Museum and as I get older, I’ve never gotten tired of it. Every time I visit, I feel like a kid again and have the same reactions to all the exhibits as I did the fist time I visited.
Despite what you might think, I’m not a car girl. I’m the person who picks out what cars she likes because they’re pretty and go fast.
This museum is so much more than that though! It’s dedicated to history and as you walk through each exhibit you can see how the world has changed over the years.
Come on, let me show you.
When you enter, the first thing you see is the Oscar Meyer Weiner Mobile. Go ahead, snicker. I did. Isn’t that the most glorious and weird thing you’ve ever seen?
You’ll then enter an exhibit showing you antique furniture and how homes were arranged through the ages.
Followed by machine equipment and the impact electricity had on businesses and lifestyles.
I used to dream of the day I came and everything didn’t seem so big. As you can see, that day never came. Fingers crossed though, I still think that growth spurt I was promised as a kid is still coming!
My favorite thing about the Henry Ford as a kid was that it wasn’t boring. Instead of just signs posted everywhere with dry facts on them, there are stories, cartoons, diagrams and models that keep kids engaged and interested.
Adults too, for that matter.
There was a special cars throughout the years exhibit when I visited.
Did I dance around this singing Greased Lightning? You better believe it!
One of the biggest attractions is the car JFK was assassinated in. It’s amazing to be able to be that close to an object that had such a big impact on history.
Now, I always save my favorite exhibits for last.
An old fashioned McDonalds sign and trailer diner.
An exhibit on feminism – this is the first place I ever heard about women’s rights, Alice Paul, Susan B. Anthony and that my rights, something I take for granted, was not always extended to women.
The exhibit is amazing and so well done.
Finally, the trains.
Just look at this beauty!
I had always wanted to go on a train (preferably a red one . . . in England . . .okay, the Hogwarts Express) and I loved being so close to them. Plus, it’s crazy seeing these monstrosities inside a building.
When you finish making your way through the museum, don’t leave just yet.
Take a tour of the building itself – it’s unbelievably gorgeous.
Oh, and grab some lunch. We both know you want to.
It doesn’t matter if you’re 5 or 105, the Henry Ford Museum is for everyone and is the perfect cure if you’re feeling like too much of an adult.
Peter Pan would must assuredly agree.