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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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Experience the Original Model T Factory

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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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Model T! You get a history of the car manufactory world. If you're a car enthusiasts, you won't want to miss this place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Judy A
Orlando, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Interesting building, loved the peeling paint and that it still has the industrial look and feel of the time period. Tours need some work, seems like they are trying to make do with volunteers. Ours had no presentation skills but knew everything. More than we could bear to hear & we ended up wandering away. I would have liked to... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Model T! You get a history of the car manufactory world. If you're a car enthusiasts, you won't want to miss this place.

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Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lot of information regarding the early years of the auto industry. it is a must see for anyone who loves cars!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! The evolution of Ford from the Model A through the T. The story of Henry Ford and his family. Bits of the manufacturing process as well as the R&D inside story. This tour was awesome. And if you like to look at cool old cars, this place rocks.

Thank jrundles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This plant is not just about the history of the Ford or of automobile development and manufacture. It also tells the story of the social change that " an affordable car for the masses" bought about. The volunteer docent on the guided tour was passionate, knowledgeable and entertaining. The building and its collection exist are due to the dedication of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I love old cars, and it was amazing to see where Ford came from. The museum has a great collection of cars, not just Fords. The introduces the visitor to all kinds of short lived upstarts and really covers alot of little-known car manufacturing history. We participated in the guided tour which gives you a good overview of the museum... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Small group tours by interesting volunteers and plenty of old cars to see. Tom was our guide and after the tour we spoke more with Dick R. This historical plant might have been torn down if this volunteer group had not stepped up. Most of the other buildings in the neighborhood are abandoned and some falling down or already gone;... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Great venue for summer and early fall. No heat or air conditioning. :/ Catering is your choice! Amazing venue!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The wonderful Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is where one of the most successful cars ever made was born. Henry Ford's Model T. The paint is pealing and the wood floors are battle worn, making this space a perfect place to view an array of Ford Model T's and other classic cars made in the area and else where. For the... More 

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Commerce Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We took our grandsons there because they are interested in cars. The docent was very knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions. It was fun to see the old cars.

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