New Exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum – Car Pro Article

After a year of renovations, the Henry Ford Museum is preparing to open a new automotive exhibit called “Driving America” on Jan. 29.
The $8 million exhibit represents the first major overhaul of The Henry Ford’s automotive exhibit in 25 years, said Patricia Mooradian, president of the museum.

“This is one of the largest auto-centric automotive expositions of its kind,” Moorandian said. “It focuses on the enormous influence the automobile has had on American culture from the automotive innovations that have changed our lives to the everyday choices that we all make.”
The prior exhibit closed about a year ago so the museum could renovate and redesign the exhibit. The previous exhibit was more focused on how the industry had changed over the years, said Bob Casey, the museum’s curator of transportation.
The new 80,000 square-foot exhibit includes 130 cars and trucks including 21 that haven’t been on display at the Henry Ford for at least 25 years and nearly a dozen other cars that are on loan from manufacturers or other organizations.
Another goal of the exhibit is to showcase how the industry has adapted over time to the pressures of higher gas prices.
Casey said they purposely placed a 1973 Chrysler Newport beside the 1978 Dodge Omni. The 19-foot long Newport dwarfs the Omni, the first front-wheel drive hatchback made by a domestic automaker.


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