The very contemporary looking Automotive Hall of Fame's bold architecture signals that this is not a traditional hall of fame or museum of static displays. Upon entering, visitors realize that this is a special place - a people place - and that they will not merely be looking at exhibits and -viewing portraits of heroes. Instead, they will be drawn into the exhibits and into the lives of the dynamic individuals celebrated at the Automotive Hall of Fame.
The Automotive Hall of Fame is designed and built to be a visitor attraction and educational resource. It celebrates accomplished people of the worldwide motor vehicle industry for the purpose of inspiring others. Especially young people, to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. It is a unique "people place" of innovation and inspiration where interactive experiences and one-on-one demonstrations are entertaining and enlightening.
Educational programs are at the heart of the Hall of Fame's mission. The objective is to provide an informal and entertaining learning environment that brings to life the lessons learned in the classroom. By experiencing the efforts and accomplishments of those honored in the Hall of Fame, visitors realize that they to can achieve great things.
The Hall of Fame's interactive exhibits will clearly demonstrate to educational groups, as well as everyday visitors, how today's many, motor vehicle ideas and innovations - often taken for granted - are actually based on ideas developed by the industry pioneers honored by the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame visiting experience begins in the Henry Ford II Lobby. A unique display invites visitors to select a card that best describes their own view of themselves - such as innovator, problem-solver, motivator or inventor - then to use that card to find out who in the Hall of Fame is most like them.
Visitors are then introduced to Andy, a 10-year-old boy, in the Hall of Fame's introductory surround-sound, high-impact video presentation. Andy then becomes their "host" helping to personalize their visit. The entertaining eight-minute video prepares guests for an entertaining and enlightening visiting experience that can be completed in as little as 90 minutes.
Following the video presentation, the screen disappears to reveal the Soichiro Honda Atrium, site of special changing exhibits. The Honda Atrium leads to the Hall of Fame Dedication Center, which contains a 12-feet high, 65-feet long mural that celebrates the impact of the motor vehicle on the world's cultures from the late 1800s into the future. The mural is the largest piece of automotive fine art since the Diego Rivera mural in the Detroit Institute of Arts.
The Exhibit Hall contains dozens of exhibits relating to accomplished individuals in the worldwide motor vehicle industry. The experience begins with man's dreams of mobility, in the form of a working metal Sculpture entitled "Aeropede," which can be operated by visitors. It ends with visions of the future of motor vehicles. Real people behind names like Benz, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mack and Toyota and their accomplishments are revealed to visitors.
Examples of the dozens of exhibits include: a 1921 White truck recreated so that visitors can set-up and see what was inside a sleeper cab during the early days of long distance trucking; an exercise with hands and tools concealed from view so that visitors can feel the challenges facing blind inventor Ralph Teetor, or a Honda Formula One racing car that scored Honda's and Goodyear's very first Grand Prix victory.
The Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan, USA
East of M-39 (Southfield Expressway) between Rotunda Drive and Michigan Avenue
Next door to Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
A 15-minute drive from downtown Detroit and easily, accessible from the interstate highway system
Call between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. EST daily
Toll free call in the USA outside 313 area code, 1-888-298-4748
Or in 313 area code and outside the USA, call (313) 240-4000
The Beginning of the Tour
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