If you plan to be in the Detroit area (or are just looking for an excuse for a short getaway) between now and January 4, 2015 and you are a NFL pro football fan then you will want to make a stop at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan and visit the Museum’s current special exhibition — Gridiron Glory, an all-American tribute and celebration of pro football.
Gridiron Glory An educational and interactive exhibition spotlighting the pioneers, the dynasties, superstars and legends of the game and filled with hundreds of groundbreaking artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Gridiron Glory celebrates the Hall of Fame’s 50th anniversary and chronicles pro football’s story from its beginning to the massive cultural phenomenon it has become today.
Interactive activities allow visitors to put on a helmet and hear coach-to-player communication, test their vertical leaping ability and watch video inside an authentic Instant Replay booth. Inside the Champions Theater, visitors can see new videos from NFL Films (like footage of the game’s Most Spectacular Runners such as Tony Dorsett, Bo Jackson and Walter Payton) including a spectacular feature called “Fantastic Finishes.”
Among the artifacts in the exhibit are Jim Brown’s jersey, Jerry Rice’s record-breaking football, Knute Rockne’s 1919 Massillon Tigers helmet and the Vince Lombardi Trophy. There are also hundreds of personal artifacts from all-pro icons like Peyton Manning, John Elway, Tom Brady and Joe Montana. Don’t miss getting a look at Cleveland Browns’ Ozzie Newsome’s jersey.
And don’t miss Pro Football’s “Birth Certificate” in the 1892 Allegheny Athletic Association’s accounting ledger. Did you know that pro football originated in Pennsylvania? Well, now you do.
Admission to Gridiron Glory is free with regular admission to The Henry Ford Museum which is $18 for adults (13-61), $16 for seniors and $13.50 for youth (5-12). Children 4 and under are free. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Admission and parking for Henry Ford members are free.
Hours for the Henry Ford Museum are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.
For visitors who would like to stay in the area overnight, check out the Best Western Greenfield Inn located at 3000 Enterprise Dr. ( just 2 miles from the Henry Ford Museum complex.) Call 313-271-1600 to check for pricing and availability or to make reservations. The hotel offers various packages which include free shuttle service back and forth from the Henry Ford Museum complex.
For more information about the Gridiron Glory special exhibition or about The Henry Ford Museum call 313-271-1620 or get online at www.thehenryford.org.
The Henry Ford Museum complex is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd. in Dearborn, Michigan. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from Cleveland.