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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Although the building was cold, this historical site has a lot to offer. View cars from the early & mid 1900's , while an enthusiastic docent explains the development of the auto... read more

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Although the building was cold, this historical site has a lot to offer. View cars from the early & mid 1900's , while an enthusiastic docent explains the development of the auto industry. Worth visiting!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never knew this place existed till I went to a wedding reception there. The history, the cars, the care-takers and hosts are just excellent. If you like cars and history, you should not miss this venue.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

An awesome place to know about the history of Henry Ford life, early models and building design. One of the most preserved buildings of the early 20th century. The tour guide and the staff about these stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

We found out about this tour from Trip Advisor, so thank you Trip Advisor! Unique tour of Fords oldest plant. Even if you aren't a car buff, you will find this interesting. Tom was our guide and was informative and entertaining. Tour took 2 hours and Tom could have gone longer with all his knowledge. Beautifully restored cars (and some... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

We could not figure out where to enter this museum so it looks like we missed out! Drove around the block and did not see an entrance that looked like a tour entrance.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

If you are an automotive history buff, this museum is a "must see." But, even if you're not a motor head, the tour guides' mix of historical information and interesting anecdotes will draw you into the story of the birth of today's most ubiquitous form of transportation. Whether you have just an hour or so, or all afternoon, the talented... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit is one of the coolest automotive museums you will find, taking you back to the early twentieth century, and learning about the manufacturing of the Model T Ford. The museum contains a very nice collection of Ford's from the early days, as well as a few exhibits on early Ford engines. Our tour... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Great tour of Fords first real assembly plant. The tour was lead by a Ford engineer who was quite knowledgeable. Amazing restored and non-restored models of both ford and their early competitions vehicles. a trip back to the days when autos weren't just transportation but objects of art as well. Worth the time to see this old gem of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

We weren't sure what to expect since the signs were were subtle, but this is definitely one of the must see places in Detroit. A place frozen in time of what the auto industry looks like 112 years ago and the tour is excellent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This tour far exceeded my expectations. I took it twice and each time had an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide. I learned something new each time. As interesting as the autos, is the building itself. There have been very few changes over the years so the building you are standing in is as it would have been when Henry Ford... More 

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