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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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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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Really a neat visit for one who is into cars and history

This is not your ordinary modern museum. This is the old Ford plant that is like full of cars, stories, pictures, etc. in the old plant. It is well worth a visit. Enjoy!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is not your ordinary modern museum. This is the old Ford plant that is like full of cars, stories, pictures, etc. in the old plant. It is well worth a visit. Enjoy!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Not super easy to find but well worth the search. Set your GPS and make the trip. My wife and I made a day of this and we're really glad we did. We live here in the Metro area and try to see as much as we can. This was a whim after hearing about it from a friend. Now... More 

Waterloo, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A great little museum that packs a big punch! So many Ford T's under one roof. Best couple of hours spent. Note: The hot chocolate served makes it better, but if visiting during cooler months, dress warmly! The building has very little heat.

Thank Anne B
Livonia, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have lived in Detroit for three years and had not heard about this museum. A very historic building with three floors of incredible cars and other history. The tour was great and the folks working there are fantastic and can answer any questions you have. This is a must stop even if you are not a car or history... More 

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Rainier, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well-planned rustic history lesson regarding Henry and his "T", as well as the continuation of the Ford line. Worth a visit.

Thank Kalamariverrat
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow, what a great visit. In Detroit for the motor show my dad and I decided to grab an Uber and head over to check out the original Ford Factory. We arrived and there was onee couple and their three kids and us, we waited for Tom our guide and we had one of the best museum visits of our... More 

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Phila. PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We were very pleased with the tour and all the facts we learned. There were 2 floors of cars with a lot of history behind every one. A 20 minute movie prior to the tour gave you the back ground of what you were going to see. Our tour guide asked us how much time we had so we would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

The building is just as fabulous as the cars. Just to know that Henry Ford walked these floors and designed and built the first model T's here was such a great feeling. The building is unrestored with original floors and peeling paint. If you love American History and American Car History this is a must see!!

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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Interesting building, loved the peeling paint and that it still has the industrial look and feel of the time period. Tours need some work, seems like they are trying to make do with volunteers. Ours had no presentation skills but knew everything. More than we could bear to hear & we ended up wandering away. I would have liked to... More 

1 Thank WannaGoSoon
Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015 via mobile

Model T! You get a history of the car manufactory world. If you're a car enthusiasts, you won't want to miss this place.

Thank Judy A

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