Every year hundreds of thousands of people head to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at Cobo Hall. For two weeks every January the future of automobiles are on display for everyone to see.
While checking out the latest autonomous car is really cool, sometimes it is nice to check out the history of the auto industry.
That is where the historic Ford Piquette Avenue Plant comes in.
This year the museum located in the Milwaukee Junction neighborhood of Detroit will be open for the entirety of the auto show from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Normally the Ford Piquette is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
There will also be daily public tours of the plant at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m.
In addition to being open during the auto show, the museum will also have the entire line of Ford Motor Company’s single alphabet-named models on display.
The museum received the “Porter Collection” in early December of last year. The collection consists of models A,B,C,F, K, N, R, S and T. It is the only complete collection in the world.
Sure, everyone has probably seen a Model T at some point in your life. But have you ever seen a 1904 Model B?
I’m going to say that is probably a hard no, mainly because there are only six Model B’s remaining in the world. It is currently the rarest item in the collection.
While you are exploring the museum be sure to check out the Secret Experimental Room which is where Henry Ford created the Model T.
Tickets to the museum are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students with ID and free for children under 12.
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located at 461 Piquette Street
Detroit, Michigan 48202