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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

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Address: 461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
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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Great stop for early Ford history!

I was only in Detroit for a few hours and this was a great spot to spend some of my time! This beautiful old building is steeped in the history of the beginnings of the Motor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Marion D
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was only in Detroit for a few hours and this was a great spot to spend some of my time! This beautiful old building is steeped in the history of the beginnings of the Motor City! A neat collection of many of the Ford firsts. The tour guides love the topic & have a wealth of knowledge on the... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our tour group loved this museum. Although it was a very hot and humid day, and the building does not have air conditioning...we loved our tour! The tour guide was fantastic and passionate about the history of these cars.This building houses very old, very rare automobiles. A must see!! Take the tour, you won't regret it.

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Huntington Woods, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Exceeded our expectations! Our tour guide was excellent, most knowledgeable and passionate about the plant. It is an amazing part of Ford automotive history. It has much more to see than just the wonderful collection of cars. The building itself is quite impressive and the development of Ford Motor Company under Henry Ford and his trusted associates is amazing.

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Thank Mark H
London, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love old cars and automotive history be sure to stop by. The tour is very informative and you get to tour the factory where Henry Ford himself walked planned and dreamed. The neighbourhood is sketchy but there is parking on site in a courtyard and the site is safe for visitors . Three floors are open to the... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

No ford history buff can complete the circuit without a stop at one of the places where it all began. Impressive collection of historical vehicles and a nicely preserved plant staffed with helpful and informative volunteers.

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South Lyon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I'll start by saying don't miss this attraction. With all of the hooha about safety in Detroit and the fact that the plant sits in a blighted area it would be easy to skip it. Your loss if you do. I cannot say enough about how excellent our experience was. Upon arrival we were met by Tom who was very... More 

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Traverse City, MI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was interesting to see the history of the automobile, and especially the Ford. This is the original location of the first factory. Lots of cars of display. A great docent to explain the history.

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Hilltop Lakes, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really learned so much about Henry Ford and his vision for America! What a wonderful tour. They need more funds to upgrade, sustain and preserve the legacy of the autumobile industry. Everyone who has an interest in the Model T and Cars would love this tour!

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Staines, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with my wife towards the end of a 6,000 mile road trip from/to Chicago. Our guide, Jerry, was not only very informative, his enthusiasm for the subject was infectious and this is a guy who clearly enjoys what he does! The layout and displays are absolutely brilliant and I must have take about 100 photos of the cars which... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great, very good tour. my husband is in automotive and this was time well spent and we both enjoyed the history and beautiful cars

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