Our Activities & Programs: Ongoing Events: NPS Passport Stamp Program

Explore and Record your MotorCities Adventure!

The National Passport Stamp Program was created in 1986. It is designed to serve as a log of the unique experiences that a visitor encounters as they visit national parks, landmarks and heritage areas across the country. MotorCities National Heritage Area encourages you to explore our region. Stand in the footprints of automotive pioneers and legends of the labor movement. Learn the stories of the people, place, ideas and innovations that shaped America's history and put the world on wheels. Explore and Enjoy!

How much does a stamp cost?

Nothing! The National Park Stamps can be found and acquired at no cost at National Parks and Heritage Areas participating in the Passport program.

How do I participate in the program?

First, you may want to obtain a National Park Passport book. This spiral-bound booklet allows you to collect and store stamps available at National Parks and Heritage Areas throughout the United States. The passport book can be purchased from the Eastern National website ($8.95 plus S&H) or can be purchased at local National Park and Heritage Area's visitor center/gift shop. (see list below for participating members).

Lastly, let the adventure begin! Explore the region, learn about parks, record your adventure, and support the National Parks and Heritage Areas!

What sites are participating in the MotorCities Stamp Program?

Click here to download the printable the MotorCities Passport Stamp Program brochure which features the twenty-one participating sites or feel free to email mailto:mcadmin@motorcities.org to have a copy mailed to you. Also, for your convenience we have listed the participating sites below.

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Participating members of the MotorCities Passport Program:

1) Alfred P. Sloan Museum
1221 E. Kearsley St. Flint, MI 48503
Phone: (810) 237-3450
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

Regional History, historic automobiles and hands-on science are major features of the Sloan Museum. The Hometown Gallery invites visitors to explore the 19th century with interactive hands on activities in three historic settings. The Buick Automotive Gallery presents major automotive exhibits featuring vehicles from the Sloan fleet of over 80 Flint-built automobiles. Dramatic settings, video programs, and hundreds of artifacts and photographs portray the area's tumultuous 20th century history in the Flint and the American Dream exhibit. Traveling exhibits fill the Temporary Gallery with a variety of educational and entertaining displays year round.

*Passport books available at this location

Click here to visit the Sloan Museum Website

  2) Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: (313) 240-4000
Hours: Wed-- Sun from 9am- 5pm


The Automotive Hall of Fame is both a visitor attraction and an educational resource for inspiring others to higher levels of achievement in their own work and lives. Visitors will experience automotive history through visual and interactive exhibits, automobiles and authentic artifacts.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

3) Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 833-1805
Hours: Wed -Fri 9:30am-3pm,
Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm

The Detroit Historical Museum, established in 1928, is one of America's oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history. Over 80,000 square feet of exhibition space house more than 600 historic artifacts in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center district. You, your family and your friends will stroll through more than 300 years of metro Detroit history, including a 19th century street scene known as The Streets of Old Detroit, and an authentic auto assembly line from the former Cadillac Plant in southwest Detroit known as The Motor City.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

4) Edsel & Eleanor Ford House
1100 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

Phone (313) 884-4222

House Tours: Jan - Mar: Tues-Fri 12pm-1:30pm
Sat & Sun: 12-4pm

April - Dec: Tues-Sat 10am- 4pm
Sunday 12pm-4pm

Experience the elegant lifestyle of a bygone era at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in scenic Grosse Pointe Shores. At the home of Henry Ford's only child, Edsel, you'll see original antique furnishings, an impressive collection of fine and decorative art, and much more in a breathtaking 60-room Cotswold mansion. Stroll 87 acres of lakefront gardens and grounds.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

5) Gilmore Car Museum
6865 Hickory Rd., Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Phone: (269) 671-5089
Hours: May 1- Oct. 31: Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm
Sat/Sun 9am - 6pm *closed during the winter

Nestled on its 90 acre park-like setting, you'll encounter over 200 extraordinary vehicles in restored historic buildings, spanning more than 100 years of automotive heritage. Here you will find exhibits ranging from an 1899 Locomobile to the classic Duesenberg, the elusive Tucker-48 to the cars of the 1950's, and the Muscle Cars of the 60s and beyond.

6) GM World
600 Renaissance Center-Level A
Detroit, MI 48265
Phone: (313) 667-7151

Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm /
Public Tours of Ren Cen
Mon- Fri 12pm & 2pm

Come visit the global headquarters of General Motors! Housed in the most recognizable building on the Detroit skyline, the Renaissance Center, GM World invites the public to explore past and present product displays. Over 30 GM vehicles on display are changed each month, keeping the exhibit fresh and exciting.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location


  7) Meadow Brook Hall
480 S. Adams Road Rochester, MI 48309 Phone (248) 364-6200 www.meadowbrookhall.org

 Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of one the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, her second husband Alfred Wilson, a lumber broker and their four children, Frances and Danny Dodge, and Richard and Barbara Wilson. It exists as an indirect product of the achievements and good fortune of her first husband, automotive pioneer John F. Dodge, co-founder of Dodge Brothers Motor Car Company who quickly prospered in the burgeoning auto industry before his tragic death in 1920, leaving Matilda one of the world's wealthiest women. The Hall is 88,000 square and has 110 rooms; tours are offered daily and last an hour and a half.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

Click Here to visit Meadow Brook Hall Website 




8) Michigan Firehouse Museum
110 West Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 547-0663
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am - 4pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm Closed Mondays

Come walk through the restored firehouse and learn the firefighting and fire truck heritage. Visitors can view a fire engine steamer replete with horses, ready to go on their way to a fire. The large, modern addition offers 25 changing exhibits of antique fire trucks and early fire rigs, multiple displays of historic artifacts including tools, equipment, memorabilia and the largest collection of fire truck bells in the country.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

9) Michigan Historical Museum
702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lansing, MI 48909
Phone: (517) 373-3559
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am - 4:30pm;
Sat 10am-4pm; Sun, 1-5pm

Michigan Historical Museum galleries featuring automobiles and automotive history include the Highland Park assembly line, a 1920s dealership, a UAW labor hall, the Arsenal of Democracy, and the Detroit Auto Show. The Archives of Michigan is in the same building (open weekdays 1 - 5pm), and knowledgeable staff and volunteers are on hand to help guests explore Michigan's past.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

10) Model T Automotive Heritage Complex

461 Piquette Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: (313) 872-8759
Hours: April 1 - Nov 21 Wed-Fri 10am- 4pm,
Sat 9am- 4pm, Sun 12pm - 4pm

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant National Historic Landmark is the site of the first factory built for and owned by The Ford Motor Company. Ford used this plant to assemble Models B, C, F, K, N, R, S and T; the most significant automobile of the 20th century. Historic vehicles, Mr. Ford's office, The Model T Experimental Room and the orientation video are highlights of either self-guided or guided tours.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

  11) Nankin Mills
33175 Ann Arbor Trail
Westland, MI 48185
Phone: (734) 261-1990
Hours: Mon ´┐Ż Sat 9am -4pm

This grist mill, built before the Civil War, served as one of Henry Ford's first village industry plants and houses Thomas Edison's original hydroelectric generator once used to power the mill. Nankin Mills now houses an interpretative center highlighting Native American history, water-powered settlements along the Rouge River and Henry Ford, as well as displays about the local watershed.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

12) Northville Mill Race Village

215 Griswold Ave., Northville, MI 48167
Phone: (248) 348-1845
Hours: Office: Mon-Fri 9am-1pm / Archives: Thurs-Fri 9am -1pm. Village buildings are open with Docents/Tours from mid June thru mid October on Sunday from 1-4pm. Village is open from dawn to dusk every day.

Northville Historical Society formed in 1963 as a small group with its primary aim to save their old Library doomed to demolition. Ford Motor Company donated approximately 12.5 acres of land including a pond, to the City of Northville for use as a historical village and park. The Village consists of an inn, blacksmith shop, school, church, gazebo, rustic wooden bridge, Interurban station, general store and several homes reminiscent of an era gone by. The Cady Inn houses Northville's archives which are open to the public for research.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

13) Old Mill Museum
242 Toledo St., Dundee, MI 48131
Phone: (734) 529-8596
Hours: Fri-Mon 12pm- 4pm

The Old Mill Museum is housed in a former grist mill which Henry Ford converted into his 10th Village Industry. The museum's three floors present Dundee area history from the 1807 Macon Indian Reservation, through life in a Victorian village, to Dundee's continuing love affair with the auto. Ford era pictures and artifacts, including his turbine, are on view in the Old Mill Museum.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

14) Plymouth Historical Museum

155 S. Main St., Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734) 455.8940
Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun from 1pm-4pm

Did you know that over 1,000 Alter Motor Cars were produced in Plymouth! Come learn more about this rare automotive jewel or join in a "scavenger hunt" to fully enjoy this intimate museum in historic downtown Plymouth.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

Click here to visit the Plymouth Historical Museum Website

15) Rentschler Farm Museum
1265 E. Michigan Ave.
Saline, MI 48176
(734) 944-0442
Open: 9am -1pm

The Rentschler Farm was a source of farm produce to city dwellers in the 1900's and today the Museum represents farm life in the 1930's. Visit the Depot Museum and Henry Ford's village industry plant (Weller's) on US-12.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

16) R.E. Olds Transportation Museum
240 Museum Dr., Lansing, MI 48933
Phone: (517) 372-0529
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm
(Closed Sundays, Nov´- March)

Historic Innovation and Future Inspiration! Explore Oldsmobile from the very first prototype to today's streamlined automobiles. Let exciting exhibits like a vintage filling station take you back in time. Discover Lansing's rich transportation history - the infamous REO Motor Car Company, old-time bicycles and aviation endeavors.

17) The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124
Phone: (313) 982-6001
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30am-5pm. Greenfield Village hours vary by season. Ford Rouge Factory Tour closed on Sundays

The Henry Ford brings the American historical experience to life. See JFK's limo, Rosa Parks' bus and thousands of uniquely American innovations at the museum. Greenfield Village features 90 historic buildings, period presenters and artisans. IMAX theater open daily. Experience the Ford Rouge Factory Tour and watch the F-150 truck being assembled in the "green" friendly plant.

Click here to visit The Henry Ford Museum Website

18) The Henry Ford Estate- Fair Lane
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128
*temporary closed to the public

The home of Henry and Clara Ford is currently closed to the public due to renovations. Please visit their website for current updates and information.

19) Walker Tavern
Junction of US12 and M50 Brooklyn, MI 49230
Phone: (517) 467-4401
Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, Closed Mon & Tues

Get a glimpse of life before Michigan became a state as you explore this early stagecoach stop. Discover the story of one of historic US12's first tourist attractions.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

20) Walter P. Chrysler Museum
One Chrysler Dr., Auburn Hills, MI 48326
Phone: (248) 944-0001
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am- 5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm
(closed Mondays)

Immerse yourself in auto evolution at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Three floors of 65+ antique, custom and concept vehicles, spanning more than a century, are interspersed with interactive displays and historical exhibits to showcase the automaker's story. There's something for every enthusiast, as well as and those who are just along for the ride.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

21) Yankee Air Museum
47884 D St., Willow Run Airport, Belleville, MI 48111
Phone: (734) 483-4030
Hours: Wed-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 12pm-4pm
(subject to change in the summer)

Come join us at historic Willow Run Airport, historic site of Detroit's greatest contribution to World War II! Explore the way Henry Ford contributed his expertise to support America's war effort to build B-24 bombers at the rate of one per hour in our mini-theater, observe active restoration projects, or take a class in our restored Henry Ford one room Education Center! Come take a ride on a restored B-17 Flying Fortress (the Yankee Lady), a B-25 Mitchell bomber (the Yankee Warrior) or a C-47 Skytrain (the Yankee Doodle Dandy) or just try flying them yourselves in our stationary simulator!

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

22) Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum
100 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Phone: (734) 482-5200
Hours: Mon-Fri 1:30pm - 5:30pm,
Sat 9am - 5pm, Sun 12pm - 5pm

Ypsilanti was home to several auto companies including the Apex Motor Company. Kaiser Frazers and even the Corvair were all built in Ypsilanti. Come experience the world's last Hudson Dealership, officially in business since 1927! Discover the story of the almost famous car that became a movie star. Strike up a conversation with living legend and owner Jack Miller. Wander through and look at cars like the famous Hudson Hornet race car but be sure to also enjoy the many images, advertisements and displays that surround the cars.

*Passport book can be purchased at this location

Have Fun!