Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Detroit Historical Museum gives you a lot of history, and a little bit of car culture
One of our stops was the Detroit Historical Museum. Now this wasn’t a car museum specifically, but is impossible to tell the story of the Motor City without a heavy dose of car culture.
Probably the most memorable automotive display at the museum was the Cadillac assembly line. An operable body drop and several un-built 1988 Cadillac Fleetwood Broughams were arranged to look like a section of a GM assembly plant.
The Cadillacs themselves were pretty fascinating as well. Although they weren’t running, driving cars, they were mostly complete 1988 Fleetwoods, all decked out with Cadillac’s beautiful real wire wheels. They weren’t warmed-over, restored used cars. They were donated by General Motors to the museum when new, and remain frozen in time, destined to be on display in this state forever. Cool stuff.
There was also a motorsports room with a race car or two, some sweet vintage racing posters, trophies, uniforms, and more to catch the attention of fans of racing history.
The rest of the displays contained more common museum items. There were cobblestone streets with mock storefronts, mannequins dressed-up in period outfits, and even a big wedding exhibit.
Anyway, if you want to learn a little about Detroit history, and you want a little automotive ethos mixed in, you might check out http://www.detroithistorical.org/.
Once I got home, I noticed that the brochure said something about not taking pictures to preserve the displays. Guess you’re supposed to read that first. Oops. Enjoy the illegal virtual tour below.