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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 great place and tour. I would recommend being a little earlier than 10 or first tour so you get the whole experience. Awesome time and Tom was a great speaker!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A great place and tour. I would recommend being a little earlier than 10 or first tour so you get the whole experience. Awesome time and Tom was a great speaker!!

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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a great tour to a private museum housed in one of the original Ford plants. This is not a fancy museum but this is a museum where history was made by Henry Ford. Take the guided tour. It is definitely worth it.

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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

I VISITED The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant with a group of 16. The tour was very interesting and we were disappointed when we had to leave. While this museum is still underway (mostly being refurbished by volunteers) It is still worthwhile going to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

If you want to see the original Ford Motor Company, be sure to see this one. There is not assembly line, like you would expect. The workers walked to a table/platform and added their parts to the car, So unlike an assembly line, the workers went to the car and the car was constructed at this stationery site. We went... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Was in for a wedding and looking to see some sights. What an enjoyable place to visit and spend a couple of hours. The tour guide was great, knowledge and spent time answering questions. Was a great time! A must see for anyone interested in taking a walk through history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

How fascinating to be able to step back in history and stand in the building where the Model T's were built. We had Tom as our guide, he was very knowledgeable and his tour was very interesting and enjoyable. Not only were we educated on the Model T's, but he also gave us a history of the times and what... More 

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New York, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

You don't have to be a car buff to appreciate the history of the Ford Model T and its impact on the culture and economy of the entire world. It's not an elaborate presentation, but a foundation has succeeded in preserving and restoring this original factory building and enthusiastic volunteer guides provide a detailed and fascinating explanation of the history... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

This was a last minute addition to my weekender in Detroit, and I'm so glad I took the time to visit this Gem. What makes this place so special is the level of intimacy that you get to interact with the building, the guide, and cars on site. Tom was my guide, a retired 30 year Ford employee, he was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

do see what started detroit w/ car history, original plant n real ford models....lo-key and informative...free

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

I'm not even an auto buff and I loved this tour. Our guide, a retired Ford engineer, was amazing. His knowledge of the people, the cars, the factory, and the era was awesome and he has great stories to tell. I gained so much in my understanding of the automotive industry and its role in Detroit. The building itself is... More 

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

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