Greenfield Village is the 80-acre (32-hectare) outdoor portion of the Henry Ford, the largest indoor and outdoor museum complex in the United States. The sound and smell of the village steam train signals that you’re stepping back through 300 years of Detroit and American history, with more than 80 historic structures.
Greenfield Village is organized into seven historic districts, each with authentic structures and exhibits. See the farmhouse where Henry Ford grew up and the building where Abraham Lincoln practiced law. Visit Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Laboratory and view where the Wright brothers invented early airplanes. You can also observe glassblowing and candle-holder making or watch an 1867 baseball game.
You can buy á la carte tickets to Greenfield Village, the Henry Ford Museum, and the Ford Rouge Factory, or you can purchase a discounted combination pass to enter all three attractions. There are some worthwhile add-on options, such as riding in a Model T car or a horse-drawn omnibus shuttle.
Things to Know Before You Go
Greenfield Village is a perfect excursion for history buffs and families with kids of all ages.
Plan to spend a full day at Greenfield Village to get the most out of your experience.
There are several historically themed restaurants on-site.
Sidewalks and entrances are accessible, but a few of the historic buildings can’t accommodate wheelchairs or scooters.
There’s an all-abilities playground here for kids to enjoy.
How to Get There
Greenwich Village is in Dearborn, just outside of Detroit, west of the Southfield Freeway (M-39) and south of Michigan Avenue (US-12). From downtown Detroit, take I-94 West to Rotunda Drive. Paid parking is available in several on-site lots.
When to Get There
The village is open from 9:30am to 5pm daily mid-April through October, and only Friday through Sunday in November. It is open some evenings in December, and closed January through mid-April. To best enjoy Greenfield Village’s outdoor attractions, visit in spring or fall for generally mild weather. Historic baseball games are played on summer weekends, and there are special events throughout the year; check the online calendar.
Tea for Two
There are so many ways to experience history at Greenfield Village, but many visitors don’t know that you can have a proper afternoon tea at Cotswold Cottage. The Fords brought the 1619 house from Cotswold Hills in South West England. Henry Ford’s wife, Clara, originally tended the gardens. Tea service includes scones and pastries, local cheeses, and preserves.