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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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Great tour! 100% worth a visit

Visited with my family. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable. There is a great collection of the progression of Ford cars from the beginning. The tour can go around 11/2 - 2... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Visited with my family. Our tour guide was super knowledgeable. There is a great collection of the progression of Ford cars from the beginning. The tour can go around 11/2 - 2 hrs. Must see in Detroit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

You can see the origin of the vehicles, beautiful classic Ford, with great guide !!

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Berkley, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

If you are a Model T or classic car fan, of course you will love this tour, but even those of you not really interested in cars will find this a great tour. Why? Well for many reasons: great docents and other staff, so much little known history of the early days of car manufacturing and Detroit history, a rare... More 

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Bridgend, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Liz found this National Historic Landmark by searching TripAdvisor. With all the construction and road closures in the area, it is tricky to get at and once there not easy to find the entrance. It is not the front door, but around the side and up to the second floor. Once inside the enthusiastic staff and volunteers could not be... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Our docent, Jack Seavitt was very generous with his time and spent a great deal of attention to us in our most recent trip to the Piquette Ford Plant Tour in Detroit. It was an outstanding and informative time to hear many early vehicles that were designed or built with Henry Ford's watchful hand. Our docent really is the best... More 

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Bangor, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

It is a unique experience to walk the very same floors that Henry Ford and his bright designers walked as they developed and built what became a cultural time stamp, the Model T. The tour guide was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic fellow who did a great job personalizing our tour. All of the staff were friendly and welcoming. There is... More 

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Jackson, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The facility and all people involved, including all of the Docents make this destination a must see for anyone that is interested in the automotive industry as well as the Model T. From the very beginning of the tour through the end, you are surrounded by the aura of Henry Ford and the history that can only be experienced by... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Anyone visiting Detroit should take in this National Historic site. It is where the auto industry really took root in this city, the U.S. and the world. Complete with early models back to the original, raw wood frames, the museum and its truly knowledgable guides give you an insight not only into the beginnings of car manufacture but into the... More 

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White Lake, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

An incredible and authentic look at the cornerstone of the automobile industry. Our tour guide, Jerry, was excellent and not only shared his knowledge but his passion for the plant, the product, and the people who built it. The building itself is not overly restored and you get a true sense of history here. This is absolutely "the real thing"!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Awesome day trip, awesome tour by a man that loves history. It gave me education about Detroit city that I never know about. Put this on your place to stop. Awesome tour.

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