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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
+1 313-872-8759
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What a delightful surprise

This is one of Ford's first assembly plants. All of Henry Ford's "Models A - T" are on display... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
lsdelange
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Byron Center, Michigan
Trip to the Past

We learned several new things about Henry Ford, and the history of this plant. Many early Ford... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Keith M
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Livonia, Michigan
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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

This is one of Ford's first assembly plants. All of Henry Ford's "Models A - T" are on display. Our guide was so informative. He is a retired Ford engineer and has a passion for the Model T Ford. He loved answering questions and explained...More

Thank lsdelange
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned several new things about Henry Ford, and the history of this plant. Many early Ford Motor owners allow the museum to display their cars.

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The tour of this building was great. It's staffed with volunteers actually in characters of people who worked at the plant. There are large areas that can be rented out for meetings, weddings etc. It was nice to see a Ford motor car building restored...More

Thank michellerg521
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

Visited with my wife and we were both very surprised, they have a lot of very rare vehicles and the tour was fantastic. Very interesting to see this unique piece of history.

Thank Jay B
Reviewed 25 November 2017

I read about the Ford Piquette plant last year and thought it would be a place to visit someday. Had the chance to go yesterday and was well worth it. Cars changed our world and if you want to visit the location where it all...More

Thank ChrisLisaSeanMattAda
Reviewed 23 November 2017

This is the first auto plant ford owned, and where he first built the model T and experimented with the moving assembly line. A historic group now owns it and has exhibits on the history. They have a number of historic cars on display. Fans...More

Thank Suzan J
Reviewed 1 November 2017

If you are interested in learning more of the history of the automobile in the Detroit area, Piquette is a must see. The tour guides are very knowledgeable in the automotive history of the area, take the time to follow them through the building. The...More

1  Thank Glenn S
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This is not an assembly line facility but the very early factor to make early Fords by hand. The building is shared by a linen company, so access to the first floor is not allowed. The tour guides are great and there is a lot...More

1  Thank LiketoeatCincinnati
Reviewed 26 October 2017

I just loved it. The tour guide was terrific, and there a bunch of really interesting cars, both before the Model T, and after it also. If you are a car nut, and you go to the Henry Ford Museum, this is a terrific addition.

1  Thank Peggy5757
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I did a site visit at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant and found it to be interesting. The building has lots of antique cars of the Ford brand and other brands. You felt like you were going back in time.

Thank Geisha514
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Stephen K
16 January 2018|
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Response from Doug H | Reviewed this property |
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jzombek
21 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
31 January 2017|
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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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