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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Address: 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-872-8759
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Ranked #6 of 69 Attractions in Detroit
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Experience the Original Model T Factory Visiting the Piquette Avenue Ford Plant is a unique...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is an important part of automotive history. This historic building was the place where Henry Ford conducted business, held meetings with his associates, and helped build his fledgling company into the automotive powerhouse it is today. I’m not a huge automotive buff like some people I know, but I do like historic monuments, buildings, and the... More 

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Waltham, Massachusetts
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We visited the #1 building of Ford Motor. It was a very informative tour (1.5 hours) and movie presentation. They started from Henry Fords office as they walk you through history of how cars were made in a 10 hour period to the place where Henry Ford stood and came up with ideas with his engineers. The very first engine... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I went over the boarder just to go here, but at the same time got to see a much of exciting things and this was one of the best tours that I've ever done because as I've said about many car museums, the automobile is the story of America! This old Ford Piquette Plant looks so insignificant from the out... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I recently attended a wedding at the Ford Piquette Plant. The selection of old cars was impressive and the atmosphere was fantastic. I cant wait to go back and spend more time there.

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Sayville, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I visited with my family on Sunday, August 10, 2014 with my wife and three children. We traveled from Long Island, New York to visit The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, The Henry Ford and Greenfield Village. in Dearborn. I own a 1925 Model T Touring and a 1925 Model T Huckster Wagon (been in the family since the 1930's), so... More 

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The selection of old cars is fantastic. I never knew the museum existed until a few months ago. You can also rent the site for weddings and anniversary parties.

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Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Wonderfully worthwhile experience. To get to stand in Henry Ford's secret room, to see the accurate recreation of Henry Ford's early office, to learn the story of his very talented but very independent spirited employee "Spyder"...you can feel the history. Our guide (a retired Ford engineer) was so knowledgeable and friendly. Allow 4 - 5 hours if you really want... More 

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Rockwall, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

My son and I (both mechanical engineers) enjoyed this tour as much or more than the much larger Ford Museum. Allow 2-4 hours, depending on your level of interest, which fits perfectly into the half-day schedule when flying into or out of the area. Having read several biographies of Henry Ford before our trip to Dearborn, we knew that Piquette... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It's a little hard to find near downtown Detroit and the rail yards. Some streets are one way and it doesn't have signage you can see easily. In fact, the parking lot is owned by another company and the actual museum is through a single nondescript door. But it's well worth the visit. Don't be too afraid to roll the... More 

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Montrose, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I was visiting from Colorado and had heard great things about the museum. It blew me away and exceeded my expectations. I spent 3 hours alone wandering around finding treasures around every corner. I went in expecting cars, planes and trains but I was delighted to see and learn about so much more. Silverware, jewelry, post modern furniture, turbines, it... More 

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