Built in 1904, the Piquette facility was Ford Motor Company’s first automotive assembly plant and today is the only early American plant of its kind open to the public.
On Piquette’s third floor – virtually unchanged from a century ago – visitors have a chance to see where Ford built its first 12, 000 Model T cars. Henry Ford designed the Model T at the Piquette location and visitors also can see his “secret room, ” his original office, a short documentary about the plant and a number of early automobiles, including a rare Piquette-built Model T.
“The museum provides a rare insight into ‘s early automobile history, ” notes Nancy Darga, executive director of the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. “Staffed by volunteers, the museum complex is open to the public from April through October.”
Located at 461 Piquette Avenue at the corner of Piquette and Beaubien in the Milwaukee Junction area of, the museum has a gift shop and off-street parking.
The museum is open Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon until 4:00 p.m. It is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
The facility also is available for private parties, weddings and corporate functions. More information is available at www.tplex.org.
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