[note] Tickets for the Ford Rouge Factory Tour were provided by the Henry Ford Museum. All photos used in this article are provide by the Henry Ford Museum. All opinions are my own. [/note]
by Jill P
We have been wanting to check out the updated Ford Rouge Factory Tour for a while and found the perfect opportunity for a day trip over Spring Break. Our family has made a number of visits to the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in the past, but we wanted to wait until my 6-year old son was a little older to appreciate the Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
We first picked up our tickets at the main ticket area of the Ford Museum and quickly caught the shuttle to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. (You are not allowed to park your own vehicles at the factory).
Once we arrived, we were given an overview of the Tour. The Tour is divided into five parts: Legacy Theater, Manufacturing Innovation Theater, Observation Deck, Dearborn Truck Plant and the Legacy Gallery.
We started our tour in the Legacy Theatre with historic footage outlining the history of the Ford Rouge Factory and some basic history of Henry Ford and his ground-breaking innovations.
Manufacturing Innovation Theater
The second part of the tour was one of my 6-year old favorite parts of the tour. This is a full multisensory (you may want to bring earplugs) exploration of the manufacturing experience. My son loved the robots part of the show while I thought the steps of the manufacturing process were interesting.
Observation Deck Tour
You are able to view the ground-breaking living roof from the Observation Deck. Due to the time of the year, we were not able to attend the Obrservation Deck Tour. We heard that it is cool, but would suggest that you check ahead of time to ensure that it is open.
Assembly Plant Walking Tour
Definitely the highlight of the Tour, the assembly plant walking tour gets you close to the action and a bird’s-eye view of the Ford Rouge Factory. This is where the Ford F-150s are assembled. It took us about 35-40 minutes for us to walk through the entire walkway to see most of the process of assembly. These were real workers doing the hard work of factory assembly. My son loved seeing the various parts assembled into the vehicle.
We visited the Legacy Gallery at the end of our tour and viewed the vehicles that were on display. If you’re a car buff, we highly recommend visiting the Gilmore Car Museum right in our own backyard. See our review from last fall here.
Factory Tour Hours, Tickets, and Location
9:30 am-5:00 pm
Last tour leaves at 3:00pm.
Adult Member: $13.50
Adult Nonmember: $16.00
Youth Member: $10.25
Youth Nonmember: $12.00
Senior Member: $12.25
Senior Nonmember: $14.50
Children 2 & under: Free
Public tours begin on the historic grounds of The Henry Ford with busses departing for the Factory Tour every 20 minutes from 9:20 am–3:00 pm. Busses return regularly from the Visitor Center with the last bus returning to The Henry Ford at 5:00 pm.
The Henry Ford
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124-5029
We really enjoyed our experience at the Henry Ford Factory Tour. This is something that everyone should check out while they are at either the Henry Ford Museum or Greenfield Village. The tour rounded out our experience on this historic campus and gave us a greater appreciation for the history of the automobile industry. We recommend that children be at least 5 years old or older for this tour.