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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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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... read more

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

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 NEW 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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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

For anyone interested in old cars, old buildings, or social history, this is the place to go. The model T was designed and first built in this building before Ford moved to a rolling assembly line in Highland Park. The non profit that owns it has restored the plant to its (almost) original condition, and ha stocked it with dozens... More 

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Bloomfield, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

At a certain well-known venue in Dearborn, you see a reproduction of the Mack Avenue plant, but this hidden gem is the real thing: a more than 100 year old auto plant that still has many of its original features. Supplemented by an interesting collection of early Ford and competitive vehicles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We spend like 3 hours with my friend at this museum. There were a lot of beautiful cars each with its own history and interesting details. They also have a lot to tell you about different places and rooms at factory where noble people have done great thins that changed automotive industry. There is also a car where you can... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is off-the-beaten patch from the normal tourist sights about Ford in Dearborn but for the in-depth history of the roots of the automotive industry this museum is a must see. Given the amount of info and pace this is more for interested adults. But you will feel that you have walked back into time and get a real feel... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

This is the start of the history of assembly line car building. Did you know Model A cars were built out of wood? That the first assembly line was NOT cars, but the parts being hauled past assembly bays? Have you ever seen a car on tank tracks? Have you ever wondered why early cars looked like sleighs? For interesting... More 

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Medellin, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Such a pleasant time! There was a very kind old man that toured us round the building. If you know about Ford's history you'll be amazed by the great things that came up at that very place! Lots of inventors were there. There are fascinating stories about how Herry created that brand using local technology and a lot of practicity!... More 

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Keene, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We got into this museum in the winter just by chance, but it's very well done and informative about the early days of Detroit auto manufacturing, especially Ford. It was easy to find, perfectly safe for parking, and the staff was excellent and very helpful.

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Walpole, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This is Henry Ford's first plant and where he developed the Model T Universal Car and the moving assembly line procedure. Outgrowing it, he then built the Highland Park Plant in 1910. Closed in the winter, but the young lady working there welcomed me, and let me tour. The collection of cars is great, as are the interpretive panels. It... More 

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