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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
+1 313-872-8759
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Neat old building with knowledgeable guides

Was in the area so did the tour. Neat old building with some cool cars. Tour guide was really... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stu C
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Vineland, New Jersey
One of the best visits ever! Tom, our docent, informed, amused and was just great.

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Historic... incredible story of the man who changed America with... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Gloria G
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New York City, New York
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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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461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Was in the area so did the tour. Neat old building with some cool cars. Tour guide was really knowledgeable and friendly. Good place to stop for good info on the history of Ford and to learn about Henry & the family.

Thank Stu C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Historic... incredible story of the man who changed America with the Model T. Authentic in every way. Informative. Energizing. Humbling to realize his greatness and impact. Wonderful cars. Better stories about the history of the industry. Highly recommend. Thank...More

Thank Gloria G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is real nice for Car people that in Museum . It has the Model T car and more the people are real nice here and know there history ..

Thank johntavernier
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Not only a visit but raised in the neighborhood. Many years passed before I realized what a gem was at my front door ,for that matter a lot of friends , teacher , and parents did not know what bit of history was at our...More

Thank Thomas J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The tour is about 1.5-2 hours in length. They start with two short videos about 15 minute or so total. then tour the two floors of the building that they are constantly refurbishing to historical accuracy. offers lots of interesting facts on Ford's rise. Have...More

1  Thank Christopher F
Reviewed 20 May 2017

When the woman at reception asked what brought us to the museum and my companion answered that my grandmother organized the first strike at Ford in 1913, she sneered, "And you're PROUD of that?" we were taken aback. She then had asserted that Ford had...More

2  Thank Robb1n419
Piquette P, Manager at The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Robb, We are more than surprised by your negative experience since we celebrate the birth of organized labor in the auto industry. Most of our volunteers and tour guides have worked in the auto industry and belong to unions. We are proud that the...More

Reviewed 18 May 2017

We really enjoyed this tour and our Docent, Mark. Very informative and fun to learn about the early days of the Ford dynasty. Not a great place for kids since there isn't much interactive stuff. Amazing that the building was saved in its original form.

1  Thank Nisswatraveler
Reviewed 10 May 2017

This great little museum opened in the last few years, and it's super. The tour begins with a short film, and then you have a guide who takes you around and shows you all the cars, with the history behind them. It was two hours...More

1  Thank juliesf123
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Small museum, but worth a look. We stayed about an hour and half - first hour wandering around, the half hour looking up stuff on Wikipedia on the iPad they supplied. This museum focuses almost exclusively on the Model T, with a little about the...More

Thank Natalie R
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is in the building where the model T ford was first built. Parking is free and entrance reasonable - especially as kids under 12 are free. I would recommend checking the website and arriving in time for a tour. I think it would...More

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jzombek
Are there significant stairs on the tour? One of my group has some mobility issues.
20 February 2017|
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Response from Harry N | Reviewed this property |
There is a flight of stairs to the 2nd floor at the main entrance. During the tour itself, you utilize the car elevator and do not need to climb/descend stairs.
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jzombek
Do I need to reserve a tour in advance if I'm visiting in the winter?
30 January 2017|
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Response from Tom G | Property representative |
Hello, You do not need to reserve a tour in advance in the winter (or any part of the year) --- unless --- you have a large group of people planning to visit, such as a tour bus or company event. As a courtesy, and to... More
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Wayne R
Is there a place to park close by? How much do they charge for tour and parking?
13 September 2016|
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Response from Tom G | Property representative |
Hello! Parking is free, there is no additional charge for a guided tour. Prices are: $12 for each adult, $10 for seniors (65 older), and $5 for students. Group tours (ten people or more) are $8 per person. We are closed... More
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