Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Detroit must see auto history museum
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 guide was a walking encyclopedia of automotive history, telling us about the amazing history of the Ford Model T, as well as many details about the building itself. I learned so much about automotive history. The building itself has an interesting history and is much a part of the experience as the cars inside. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002, designated as a Michigan State Historic Site in 2003, and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2006. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant became the Ford Motor Company’s new plant in 1904. The Ford Model T was developed at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in 1908 as a 1909 model. Ford Motor Company relocated to its new Highland Park Plant in 1910, selling the building to Studebaker in 1911. Studebaker used it for automobile production until 1933.
A museum contains a very nice collection of early Ford models, and of course many examples of the Model T Ford. One notable non-Ford on display is an early model made by the Dodge brothers after leaving Ford. In 1914 John and Horace Dodge decided to move on from their partnership with Ford, and started their own company in 1915. The photo here shows the 1915 Dodge Brothers touring car.
Many of the cars inside the museum are owned by private collectors who are allowed to store their cars their for free in exchange for the museum allowing them to be displayed as part of the museum. You can get up close and look inside of them, but you can not go inside or touch the vehicles. The museum has also re-created the office of Henry Ford to look like the time he would have worked there designing and creating the Model T Ford.
Located a few blocks off I-94 and I-75, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is not far from many deserted buildings that were abandoned due to a declining auto industry. You hear stories about all the economic issues with Michigan in general, and Detroit in particular. There are many people who post pictures of Detroit making it look like a deserted desolate city, like something from a Mad Max movie. I did not take pictures of the deserted buildings, and dwell on the failures of the past. I was happy to take pictures inside of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, and appreciate the volunteers who help run the museum, and represent Detroit.
If you have any interest at all in history, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant in Detroit is a must see museum.