Activating Innovation is an extensive museum enhancement project for the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation. Using design, interactive technology, and architectural-scale spatial interventions, a suite of new experiences introduces and unpacks the museum’s core themes of innovation. Each experience empowers visitors of all ages and abilities to discover a personal connection to the museum’s objects and the extraordinary innovators, activists, designers, artists, and engineers who created them.
Bluecadet and The Henry Ford worked to create a cohesive visitor journey, introducing a dramatic new entrance, exhibit-specific interpretation, and mobile content visitors can access throughout the museum. Stories that could only be told at The Henry Ford are told on platforms that are equally unique: pillars of display that wrap existing structural columns, which are clad in material that blends into the 90-year old architecture. Each aspect of these new experiences — from the stories represented to the architectural design — works together to tell the rich, multi-faceted story of American innovation.