I'm a big Disney theme park fan, and I think anyone who enjoys Disney rides and theme-ing would enjoy, as I did, a visit to "The Henry Ford" in Detroit (except that this isn't "themed" - its really old). It is made up of three experiences. 1 - an indoor museum of artifacts, similar to the Smithsonian in DC, and with an Imax. 2 - an outdoor "Village" (called Greenfield Village) where they have relocated actual historic buildings from around the region and also recreated a few. Its similar to Williamsburg in Va. The best part for me was that you could actually take a ride in one of a dozen old Model-T cars that still work - and I could not help but feel like I was on Mr. Toad's Wild Ride (and in Orlando that ride is sorely missed.) 3 - a walking tour thru one of the actual factories where they make Ford trucks, including two theaters with "sensory" sound and light kind of stuff - like the "Daytona Experience" attraction in Florida.
The Greenfield Village reminded me of some of the earliest sketches I've seen in books for Disneyland when Walt wanted to do something small near the studios. It has a train that goes around the outside edge, a steamboat, and a main street, a carousel, and its all about Americana. I wondered if Walt had seen this place before he planned Disneyland.
Some of the stuff there isn't from the Detroit area - like some country homes from England, and a surprisingly accurate full scale copy of Independence Hall from Philadelphia (where I'm from). These were apparently buildings Ford just liked, and if he couldn't buy them and move them, he just built copies. But his gift to the citizens of Detroit (and his workers) was to make it all accessible like a museum. Also of particular note, the Rosa Parks bus is located there - and you can sit in the seat where she would not "move to the back from" (shades of the American Adventure perhaps?) and hear a recording of her talk about it.
Historic Rides and Transportation
I could describe it more, but I think the website does a good job at explaining what's there - and you have the recommendation of a fellow Mice-Chatter that its worth the trip next time you are in the area.
Here are a few pictures: