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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
+1 313-872-8759
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Real History

As the place where Henry Ford made his big start and fine tuned the production line this facility... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Cary, North Carolina
via mobile
A Detroit Gem of an Automotive Museum

We loved our visit to The Piquette Plant. Our docent was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The Model... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Birmingham, 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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
461 Piquette St, Detroit, MI 48202-3547
+1 313-872-8759
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

As the place where Henry Ford made his big start and fine tuned the production line this facility/ museum is most interesting. While there is an ongoing restoration project there are some rough edges, but you might expect that in a facility like this. Great...More

Thank chiefdcates
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved our visit to The Piquette Plant. Our docent was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. The Model T's and other cars of that era were a real joy. It was a walk through history in the original plant where Henry Ford and other auto geniuses worked....More

Thank Teegasus
Reviewed 1 week ago

Who knew this place still existed? Thanks to a groupon, my wife and I thought we would check this place out. This well preserved small factory is where Henry Ford produced his first automobile. On two floors you can see early Ford models A-T. You...More

Thank Robert S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To think it all started here for the Ford dynasty. The outside of the building has been preserved beautifully, a credit to the people who look after it. Inside there was a myriad of Model A's and T's cars and trucks in various states of...More

Thank Distant-travla
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a real jewel of an auto museum. My son and I have visited several auto museums over the last few years and this is one of the best. Not the biggest, but well done. It focuses on the development of various Fords from...More

Thank Rockerralph
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely a must see place! The staff is super friendly,knowledgeable and have so much pride in Henry ford . Many retired men and women from ford and give their time to educate you about Henry ford and this magnificent place

Thank Donna S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My negative comments at the end because there is too much good stuff to start off with small problems. The entry fee is very reasonable, the gentlemen working the booth are very friendly and helpful. Be prepared, you are entering an original Ford factory, I...More

Thank Wind-In-His-Hair
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

WOW! One of the hidden gems of the Auto World of Museums. Our tour guide, Tom was a font of knowledge and made the tour extremely enjoyable. The gift shop has items in it that are extremely reasonably priced. Nothing worse then wanting to get...More

Thank cranbrook2017
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Thank you Trip Advsor! I'm so glad I came here BEFORE driving out to The Henry Ford Museum. Our tour guide was a wealth of knowledge and made the rest of my visits to other areas of the city easier to understand since I now...More

1  Thank Susie L
Reviewed 15 August 2017

It is so educational to tour this facility. It is so small compared to the sprawling complexes where cars are now manufactured, yet it was quite efficient in it's day. This tour is well worth the time and money. Very family friendly, a hidden gem...More

1  Thank Dee W
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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.
31 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
Wayne R
14 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