When Dale and I first planned our vacation to Kalamazoo and Chicago we didn’t really have any specific plans. We just knew we wanted to go and we’d play the rest by ear. But then, one day while riding in the car, I happened to read an article about a special Beatles exhibit at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn. Now, it’s a well known fact that my geography sucks but I couldn’t help but wonder just how far Dearborn might be from Kalamazoo. After a few texts with Kym and some itinerary adjusting we made a plan to include a trip to the Henry Ford as part of our visit.
And boy are we glad we did!
Our purpose was to see The Magical History Tour, an exhibit of Beatles memorabilia. Purported to be the most comprehensive Beatles exhibition ever assembled, it did not disappoint.
There’s Beatles music playing throughout and so much stuff! Instruments and clothing, signed autographs and never-before-seen photographs.
There’s a reproduction of their stage at the Cavern Club and they even have John Lennon’s personal juke box. It was very very cool, especially for Dale, a life long fan of the band.
But! There’s so much more to do and see at this museum!
We saw Mustang #1 from 1965. It sure is pretty!
And we saw Blue Bird #1, what is most likely the first school bus ever.
And I sat in the actual bus that Rosa Parks was in when she refused to move her seat. I just love when history comes alive like that.
We also saw, but didn’t photographed, the chair Abraham Lincoln was sitting in when he was assassinated, the car JFK was riding in when he was assasinated, a bed that George Washington slept in during the Revolutionary War, and so much more.
For a couple of history junkies like us this museum was a fantastic experience.