2019 was a big year for The Henry Ford, with officials recently announcing the total attendance to the museum for 2019. The museum says that more than 1.8 million visitors came to The Henry Ford during 2019. The museum notes that the 1.8 million visitors is its highest attendance numbers since 2012 when the museum hosted an extremely popular Titanic exhibit.
Museum staff also say that The Henry Ford’s signature programs, including Hallowe’en and Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village both surpassed their attendance goals with their second-highest years ever. The two events welcomed more than 168,000 visitors combined.
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour also boasted that second-best year ever with attendance of more than 150,000 visitors. Patricia Mooradian, President and CEO of The Henry Ford, said that the museum’s greatest strengths are its collections, venues, and people. She says that she’s most proud of the impact the museum is making within the community and throughout the state and world.
The museum added several new exhibits last year, including the acquisition of a large collection of Hallmark Christmas ornaments and an exhibition of the Lego Detroit skyline. The museum also acquired the American Diner Collection. The Henry Ford is looking forward to an even bigger year in 2020.
Henry Ford envisioned two separate facilities for his museum linked by his theories of education. One facility is an indoor museum meant to tell the story of man’s technological progress along with an outdoor village that would show how these types of objects were made and used. The Henry Ford Museum took a decade to build and opened in 1933, but the exhibits weren’t completed until the early 1940s.
Source: The Detroit News