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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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Description: 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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a hidden gem

Nice surprise. We had a great tour with tons of information, great cars and lots of insight into the beginning of the automobile industry.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Nice surprise. We had a great tour with tons of information, great cars and lots of insight into the beginning of the automobile industry.

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Knokke-Heist, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 NEW

This historical site hides a very fine museum. It hosts a nice collection Ford T’s and some other vintage cars. But the hidden worth of this museum lays in the enthusiasm off the staff. They tell and show you a lot more than the displays and artefacts do. Book yourself a guide and have a very interesting and learning half... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

So far the best car/industrial attraction I've visited in Detroit. Different from a regular museum where you just see a car or an engine, this place is fulfill of history. Walls, floors, stairs, elevator... everything is worth seen.

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Cumberland, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

For a small fee, take a little time to visit an important location in history - the birthplace of the Model T. While the building is still being restored to an earlier state, there is still much to see, including several cars from different eras.

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Knokke-Heist, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Not sure if this place is known, at least I had to look hard to find it on the internet. Giving my great uncles who emigrated to Detroit from Belgium and who most probably worked here briefly, this was a fabulous visit. We had a very good guide and walking in the first real Ford factory amongst dozen of old... More 

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We had 1/2 day for sightseeing in Detroit and needed to pick on significant place in history that we could see fully. The Henry Ford museum is too large to take in in a short time span and that left the Piquette Avenue Plant. This is the first place that Henry Ford assembled cars, starting with the model "A" and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

What a terrific lil museum dedicated to motor transport. It's manageable for a perfectly timed visit…not too huge to be exhausting like other auto museums. I love all the tiny details the guides show which make the visit charming and enjoyable for all, even non-car nuts. I especially liked the strange vehicles that one often doesn't see, like the snowmobile.... More 

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Brilliant museum, most of the President of US cars are on show. There is also aeroplanes, steam engines and different ages of cars on display. Surprising to note that there were some good restaurants.

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Palm Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Everyone at the plant was extremely nice. The tour was excellent--very informative--and the guide was most pleasant. We had plenty of time to look around at everything.

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Floyd, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The former Model T factory was closed last Friday during its advertised early-afternoon hours. There was no sign explaining why. I enjoyed the exercise of walking there and back, but doubt that many people would like strolling this run-down neighborhood or nearby torn-up streets. If you go, check out the history signs beside the chapel across the street to the... More 

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MarionChristiansen, Manager at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, responded to this review

Hello, John! This is Marion from the Ford Piquette Plant. We were open last Friday and our doors were open from 10 AM until 4:00 PM. I'm not quite sure what happened, but if you're still in town, I'd like to invite you for a special tour. I've sent you a note via Trip Advisor. Thank you for writing a... More 

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Address: Address: 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-872-8759
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit

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