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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

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Address: 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number:
+1 313-872-8759
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Experience the Original Model T Factory

Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford...

Experience the Original Model T Factory

Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford Plant is a unique experience-it's the oldest auto plant open to the public anywhere in the world.

Almost unchanged since Henry Ford's day, the plant is a three-story New England-style mill building. Each floor is divided into sections by the original metal fire doors, complete with the shadows of Henry Ford's "Positively NO Smoking" stencils.

The old plank floors are worn from the 12,000 Model Ts built on them, so wear appropriate shoes for your visit. The plant is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a designated National Historic Landmark and a Michigan State Historic Site.

Walk the worn wood floors and touch the brick walls where Henry Ford and his team of automotive pioneers developed the car that led to an automotive and social revolution. See Henry Ford's office as it was in 1908 when he was on the cusp of fame. And learn why it still matters today.

See a selection of rare Detroit-built cars from the first decade of the 20th century and learn their fates.

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The Ford Plant is tremendous as is everything in there. If you love history or cars or if you love neither you will still love this place. It has character and there's so much... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Ford Plant is tremendous as is everything in there. If you love history or cars or if you love neither you will still love this place. It has character and there's so much value and thought in everything. It's definitely something I'm going to remember forever. I'd suggest bringing your camera to, it's all very photogenic.

Thank poetmorose
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is not the first place where Mr. Ford worked in the automotive industry, but it is where he started his own business. I can really recommend the tour in the museum, since my tour guide was very enthusiastic about old cars and the history about Detroit car industry. He himself restores old cars. Don't expect... More 

Thank Hannes182
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the actual plant in which Henry Ford first tried the assembly line. What rich history. The parking is very safe. The many,many old vehicles on display on several floors are a history lesson in themselves. Great place to have a club meal catered in while visiting the museum.

Thank philmatous
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't know if we just got lucky, but the docent (Ryan) that we had for our tour was fantastic! He was very passionate about the Model T and its role in history. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, even though it was quite chilly on the unheated 3rd floor! A must-see for any Ford/car buff!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was really interesting time spend to see America machine history. This place is huge! and relay wort spend time.

Thank ViktorasZ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fun and informative time at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Our guide, a retired Ford engineer, was very knowledgeable, and really did a fantastic job. The movies and exhibits are top notch. Give yourself at least two hours to go through. Well worth the trip.

Thank Lisa B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Visited the museum during a trip to see the auto show. It's fascinating to walk through the original rooms where the Ford Model T was conceived and built. The museum has an amazing collection of Model Ts from all the years it was produced, and in many different forms (trucks, roadsters, sedans, etc). There are also some rare custom-built speedsters... More 

Thank wt012345
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

We loved the Ford Picquette Ave Plant Tour! Great history of Henry Ford, the Model T, Detroit, and the early automotive industry. Tom Genova was truly a superb docent, making it interesting, engaging our kids, pacing well. Highly recommended. Check out times. Dress warm in the winter.

Thank Harry N
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Excellent tour by super friendly and knowledgeable guide. 1 - 1-1/2 hour walking tour was easy and fun. You are actually walking on the old production floors where the first cars were made. A must see in the "D". Great tour for the price. Add in other Detroit gems while your in the area.

Thank glenna19492016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Excellent tour guide. Knowledgeable and he was able to give alot of details to everything on display

Thank Linda W

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