The Henry Ford Museum, Michigan
The Henry Ford Museum (which is actually just called “The Henry Ford”) is the interior extension of the outdoor Greenfield Village that houses Ford’s original collection of historically-significant artifacts and industrial prototypes with an emphasis on pop culture of the 20th century, automobiles, and mechanisms of air travel. The Ford seeks to acquire landmark artifacts of historical and innovative importance, celebrating American history and the ingenuity of its citizens; it also tells stories of varying importance such as the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and the birth of modern furniture design.
Though its exhibits relentlessly promote the narrative of progress as tied to technological ingenuity and development, the museum houses important, one-of-a-kind items that can be viewed as artifacts without the agenda and which regardless, shed light on the ways in which development has shaped the world in which we inhabit. Together with Greenfield Village, the museum paints a fascinating picture of the transition from a self-sufficient, rural way of life with a hyper-localized economy to our present reliance on global industrial production that enables leisure time for a segment of the population hitherto unseen in history.