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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
+1 313-872-8759
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I wasn't sure I wanted to spend $12 to visit this museum, but am I ever glad I did. We arrived... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KerryandTim
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Austin, Texas
Must see in Detroit!

As some other people said in their reviews, the rundown area does not reflect the impression that... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rattenpakker
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Roeselare, Belgium
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't sure I wanted to spend $12 to visit this museum, but am I ever glad I did. We arrived just as the 12:00 tour with Tom was starting, so we got to hear a wonderfully orated, two-hour tour of the early history of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

As some other people said in their reviews, the rundown area does not reflect the impression that this place made on us. Free tour if you like or wander around by yourself: the choice is yours. The Ford history is told by the cars and...More

2  Thank rattenpakker
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anyone interested the the Early history of auto manufacturing and Ford Motor Company specifically should visit the Pique the Ave. Ford Plant. The building is nicely restored and maintained. Guides give some history and cut visitor visitor's loose to explore. Other guides are available to...More

1  Thank John E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Detroit from the UK and so lucky to get the chance to visit the Piquette Plant. The displays are top notch and our guide (Greg, I think) was most knowledgeable about his subject matter and really made the tour such fun with...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was the worlds first Ford Model T factory. A very interesting and fun place to visit for auto buffs. Worth every penny and they have a great gift shop. We highly recommend.

1  Thank George H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main Henry Ford attraction in Detriot (The Henry Ford, see our sperate review) does not even acknowledge the existence of this important historical site, the factory where the newly formed Ford Motor Company churned out its first few thousand vehicles and where Henry Ford...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the best guide - spent 2 hours with us & was VERY knowledgeable. Worth the visit! It was a hot day, but being an early tour it wasn’t too bad !

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a museum about the first makers of automobiles. They do 3 tours a day but you don’t have to do the tour but would highly recommend. Jack our tour guide was excellent and am not a mechanic and I learned things. This wasn’t...More

1  Thank DC-w-grankids
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Traveling to Michigan from Florida to visit our children. Our kids took us to the piquette plant because my husband retired from ford and a few years ago helped to fix the roof. He never toured the building until now. He just had a stroke...More

1  Thank Mary J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can still feel like you've discovered something when you pull up to the plant where Ford built the first Model T's. The docent was a retired Ford engineer and gave a very engaging tour of the plant, its history, and an impressive collection of...More

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stellarsong
May 9, 2018|
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Response from michellerg521 | Reviewed this property |
About an hour. Our tour group also had box lunches catered in so we were able to use the hall area that is rented out for occasions
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mcdconst
April 3, 2018|
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Response from pinkiesplace | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I think that most kids (especially if they like cars) would enjoy this place as it is full of old cars, offers a lot of information on the evolution of the automobile industry, and is all jam-packed in a historical... More
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natalieandmonkey
March 18, 2018|
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Response from michellerg521 | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the others. It is staffed by volunteers so I would check the website or call in advance. It is worth the visit
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