Museums and Historic Homes

Alfred P. Sloan Museum
Explore " Flint and the American Dream" and discover this city's incredible contributions to the auto story...

Arab American National Museum
The Arab American National Museum's mission is to document, preserve, celebrate, and educate the public on the history, life, culture and contributions of Arab Americans.

Automotive Hall of Fame
Come follow the young boy known as "The Driving Spirit" as he leads you on an adventuresome journey through time celebrating the many creative and inspirational people who have left their mark in the auto industry.

Cadillac & LaSalle Club Museum & Research Center
Research & Reading room for Cadillac owners manuals, advertising, technical information

Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village
Come discover Canada's fascinating piece of the automobile story...Latest news: We have acquired the Eugene Whelan Cabin & it is currently under restoration.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
Founded in 1965, the "Wright" Museum exists to serve Metropolitan Detroit, national and international communities.

Cherry Hill Village
Cherry Hill Village was established around the last remaining historical hamlet in Canton, Michigan. It has a rich history as one of Henry Ford’s village industries and boasts the oldest church and cemetery in the township and a nineteenth century schoolhouse in the village square.

Cranbrook House
Step back in time as you visit this lovely and breathtaking Arts and Crafts-style home.

Crocker House Museum
Take a walk back to the days of Mt. Clemens famous Mineral baths.

Crossroads Village
Ramble along dirt covered roads and enjoy a slice of life before the Tin Lizzie changed everything. Investigate who in this village made the first automobile in the city of Flint�

Detroit Historical Museum
Whether strolling down the Streets of Old Detroit, discovering Frontiers to Factories or cruising through the MotorCity, Detroit's rich history and the spirit of its people come to life.

Detroit Institute of Arts
Art patrons Edsel and Eleanor Ford saved this museum from closing its doors during the Great Depression and helped establish a fine art legacy for generations to enjoy.

Detroit Science Center
The Detroit Science Center features 110,000 square feet of scientific exploration, including Michigan’s only IMAX® Dome Theater and more!

Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Take the helm of a Great Lakes freighter, listen to the songs of the sailors and discover the important role of the Detroit River in the auto industry...

Durant-Dort Headquarters
Walk in the footsteps of auto legends William Durant and J. Dallas Dort and uncover the beginnings of an extraordinary story.

Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History
Discover how this "car parts" town almost made the Big League...

Fisher Mansion
Rich. Exotic. Elegant. Magnificent. Come discover this extraordinary mansion that was once one of the most lavish residences of its time.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
Listen closely and you just might hear the whispered voices of those who witnessed the birth of the Model T...

Gilmore Car Museum
Auto enthusiasts are encouraged to enjoy this unique collection of vehicles housed in the famous red barns.

GM World at GM Global Headquarters
Dedicated to showcasing General Motors vehicles including production, vintage, concept and occasionally racing, this showroom recently underwent a major renovation.

Henry Ford Estate - Fair Lane
Walk in the footsteps of Henry and Clara Ford as you tour their beloved home and gardens

Meadow Brook Hall
Step into an architectural masterpiece that captures the spectacular lifestyle created by the early wealth of the auto industry

Michigan Fire House Museum
Why do so many children want to be fireman when they grow up? The cool trucks, of course!

Michigan Historical Museum
Explore Michigan's Past

Monroe County Labor History Museum
Monroe County Labor History Museum

Motorsports Hall of Fame
Fuel the need for speed by tracing the footsteps of inspirational motorsport legends.

Nankin Mills Interpretive Center
Nankin Mills has served western Wayne County since the Civil War, first as a grist mill and then as one of Henry Ford's Village Industry plants. Now an interpretive center along scenic Hines Drive in Westland, the historic mill is open Mon. - Sat. There is no admission.

Northville's Historic Mill Race Village
Celebrate small town history as you explore unique 19th and 20th century architecture...

Packard Proving Grounds
The Packard Proving Grounds offers you a chance to tour the proving grounds that are currently under rehabilitation.

Phoenix Mill Women's Museum
Henry Ford created the Village Industries, which were small parts factories located primarily on the Rouge and Raisin Rivers in Michigan.

R. E. Olds Transportation Museum
One man. One vehicle. One Company. Journey through a century of colorful vehicles and discover how the automobile transformed Lansing from a quiet region into a GM town

Rochester Hills Museum
The Museum is the primary site for learning about and preserving the history of the greater Rochester area in Oakland County, Michigan, as a representative of similar communities throughout Michigan.

The Henry Ford-Ford Rouge Factory Tour
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is America's greatest manufacturing experience.

The Henry Ford-Greenfield Village
Travel through 300 years of America's past every day.

The Henry Ford-Henry Ford Museum
Explore what Americans have imagined and invented.

Walker Tavern
Walk in the footsteps of Michigan history...

Walter P. Chrysler Museum
Celebrating the proud American heritage of an automotive original, the 55,000-square-foot Walter P. Chrysler Museum features three stories of more than 70 antique, custom and concept vehicles interspersed with interactive displays and historical exhibits that tell the story of the automaker’s contributions to automotive design, technology and innovation, as well as the automobile’s impact on American culture.

Whaley House Museum
Discover the Whaley family's pivotal role in shaping Flint's destiny.

William E. Scripps Estate
William Edmund Scripps (1882-1952) was the sole male heir to the vast Detroit News empire built by his father, James Edmund Scripps. Over his lifetime, he distinguished himself in the fields of aviation, engineering, and publishing.

Yankee Air Museum - Willow Run Airport
Honoring Aviation History and it's participants through a living, flying Museum.

Ye Ole Carriage Shop
Just how many auto companies were in Jackson? Long before it was just the Big Three, there were more than 240 small auto manufacturers in cities and towns throughout the state -- over 20 of which originated in Jackson.

Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
Just what is the famous Hudson Hornet? Come visit this unique museum to discover the stories of Hudson, Tucker, and Corvair...

Ypsilanti Historical Museum
Visit our Museum and Archives to learn about the history of people and places in and around the City of Ypsilanti.

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Published: 11.18.2014
Richard Petty: Racing Legend
By: Robert Tate, Automotive Historian/Researcher
Images: The National Automotive History Collection

Richard Petty, a famous race car driver can be looked upon as the face of automotive racing in our history books and is considered to be a legend among racing fans. Born on July 2, 1937, Richard Petty was a second generation driver.

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