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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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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Now I wouldn't fly to Detroit to see this museum by itself - but if you find yourself looking for something to do in Detroit - this is a great stop. Henry Ford was a genius and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great slice of automobile history All of Henry Ford's first cars in a peeling paint factory gives this place great ambience . The first snowmobile, mustang, and gas pumps.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Now I wouldn't fly to Detroit to see this museum by itself - but if you find yourself looking for something to do in Detroit - this is a great stop. Henry Ford was a genius and this sweet little museum really highlights his accomplishments. Lots of old time Fords and a really special stop. Certainly worth the time -... More 

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Edwards, Colorado
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on a Saturday morning with our 14-year old, easily bored daughter. The tour guide made our experience informative and fun. Our daughter had a great time. We will recommend this to everyone, both locals and visitors. I haven't lived in the D for over 15 years, but visit family often. This was my first visit to Piquette, but... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love that this historical plant in Detroit has been preserved and they are doing guided tours. Unfortunately like much of the city, just across the street are condemned buildings amidst the historical markers and signs, though in their defense part is due to the fact that the former Studebaker/E-M-F Company Plant across the street burned to the ground in 2005.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This hidden unassuming building holds a lot of history. Here is where Henry got from Model A to T. We visited on a hot day and the building does not have conditioned air (a warning for those can't handle the heat); so you really can get an understanding of what it must be like to work there. The docent was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour guide is very experience with knowledge, the history of car industry. It was very nice to visit, 2 hours is expected. We visited with 2 children(5yrs and 9 yrs), they both enjoyed the tour as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to see the old model Ts and other cars of the early 20th century. A great use of an old factory.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I didn't know this place existed;went on a seniors' trip. I learned so much and really enjoyed learning important facts re: Detroit car industry and how it was started.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We weren't sure what to expect at this museum, but were so pleased we toured. We had an excellent guide to make the experience even more enjoyable. What a history lesson - so fascinating and so worth going to this plant.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very interesting place and the guides are very knowledgeable and love their job. The tour is well worth it with many anecdotes and interesting tidbits A lot of old cars and real places of manufacture by Ford before the assembly line. Unlike most other places in Detroit this is NOT owned by Ford and is all the... More 

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