By Eden Baniel
The city of Dearborn is filled with rich historical and cultural experiences, and there’s no better place to soak it in than in its museum scene.
The Dearborn Historical Museum, sometimes referred to as the “Gateway to Dearborn’s Past” is a local and military history museum. Founded in 1950, the museum is housed within Dearborn’s oldest building, which was once used as a military headquarters from 1833-1876.
When you enter the building, it’s like taking a step back in time, as it’s furnished just as it was in the nineteenth century. The many exhibits within this museum teach visitors about Dearborn’s military history, while also illuminating what life throughout its 200+ year history.
This modern museum contains cultural exhibits that showcase Arab American history and is the only museum in the United States that is devoted entirely to Arab American culture.
The Museum opened in 2005 with the goal to illuminate the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, as well as to pay tribute to America’s diversity. Some of the events that take place within the Arab American National Museum include film screenings, culinary tours, children’s storytimes, and book readings. These public programmings serve the purpose of preserving and celebrating the cultural heritages of all people.
This 25,000 square foot museum is located next to the Henry Ford Museum and attracts visitors from all across the world. The museum’s goal is to provide its visitors with the opportunity to discover the intersection between cars and all aspects of life.
The galleries within the museum contain a mix of permanent and rotating exhibits that showcase the early days of the automobile, the rise of the auto industry around the world, and how it has affected every part of our lives.
One of the most eye-catching exhibits includes an 11-foot high and 65-foot-long mural filled with 90 painted images that celebrate the automobile’s impact on culture.
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