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Originally Posted by Katmandu View Post
BTW, how many cars are in that Museum and how long is the plant tour ?

Is it worth driving (8)hours and spending the night to see ?
As far as the plant tour goes, it's self-guided, so you can take a much time as you like, (depending on how busy it is, you may have to wait in line). A bus takes you to-and-from the Museum campus (about 10-minutes each way), which you may have to wait for. It took me about about 2 hours for the plant, including the transpo.

Also, make sure that production is active -- otherwise you'll just see boxes of parts and TV presentations on what you're supposed to be seeing. The advantage in this case is to spend extra time with staff. There were maybe 6 other people at the most when I went. In addition, 2, short movie presentations and about 10 significant cars that were made there, are on the main floor. The observation deck shows the "Living Roof" and the sustainable/environmental improvements.

The Museum focus is more "Americana" than just cars. There's farm equipment, trains, airplanes, specialty exhibits, and lots more. I'd have to guess that there are maybe 50 cars to browse.

In my opinion, you could easily make a day of it. If you have kids, the interactive displays and age-adjusted material should keep them entertained.

Is it worth 8-hours total, and an overnight? For me, it would be. I've been meaning to visit there for a few years -- it just fit right into a work visit that ended early on Friday and my flight was at 7:30pm. If you're close to Dayton, you could get there in less than 4 hours.

Visit The Henry Ford website for more info. IF you have AAA, the discount is pretty good.

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