Sights, sounds, smells, sensations and swivel chairs are all part of Station Two – The Art of Manufacturing Theatre – on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
This multi-sensory experience puts you right inside the process of how autos arhttp://blog.thehenryford.org/?p=5828&preview=truee made from raw beginning to shiny end. Surrounded by seven screens and an awesome soundtrack (provided by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra), it’s really a unique, memorable and rather exciting experience.
With each of the different sensory special effects, our kids and their friends were delighted. We all came out of the theater exhilarated. If we had time that day, I’m sure the kids would have visited that station again just to make sure they caught everything.
The experience is very slick and stimulating. The action at times is spread across all the screens in the circular theater. The fast-paced visuals and fantastic music make it very engaging. The 14-minute show gave us an artful glimpse into the assembly process, some of which we were going to see just ahead at Station Four – the walk-through tour of the Ford Dearborn Truck Plant.
Frankly, when leaving the theater, my kids had the same “wow” looks on their faces as they do after visiting a funhouse or amusement park ride. We all agreed that The Art of Manufacturing Theatre is cool and fun. The first thing 10-year-old Henry said was that he wanted to take his grandpa to see that. It is suitable for all ages.
The youngest in our group that day was our 10-year-old son, who loved it. The sound and some of the effects in the theater are quite loud. I do know some of the machine blasts and banging would have been too much for our five-year-old daughter, mostly because she’s not a fan of loud noises. If someone in your group is sensitive like that, it’s good to know in advance.
Kristine Hass is a writer and a long-time member of The Henry Ford. She frequently blogs about her family’s visits to America’s Greatest History Attraction.