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Your Field Trip
Ford Rouge Factory Tour
A field trip to the Ford Rouge Factory allows students to experience first-hand the history and science of manufacturing. As they go behind the scenes of one of the world’s largest automotive complexes, they can view today’s sophisticated assembly of cars and trucks by both robots and highly skilled tradesmen. They will also see this wonder in the context of the past as they learn about the development of the assembly line, mass production, and the development of the automobile. This multisensory experience also includes a look at the 10-acre living roof–a milestone in environmental design.
Tickets & Chaperoning
Tickets must be purchased in advance.
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour provides discounted rates for groups with a minimum of 15 students.
To ensure appropriate supervision, one adult group leader is required for every ten students.
We’ll provide one free teacher/chaperone ticket for every ten students. Additional adults or teachers will be charged the $10 student rate.
Tours depart via bus from Henry Ford Museum. Tours depart every 20 minutes, Monday–Saturday 9:20am–3:00pm. Please check Production Dates if you want to see the factory in full production.
Lunch areas are available in the Visitor Center. There are limited beverage and snack vending machines.
Bus Trip from Henry Ford Museum to Ford Rouge Factory Tour (15 minutes)
Legacy Theater with rare historic footage of Ford Motor Company and the Rouge Plant (13 minutes)
Manufacturing Innovation Theater with a multisensory look at modern vehicle production (10 minutes)
Observation Deck with an 80-foot-high overlook of the living roof on the top of the Dearborn Truck Plant (5-15 minutes)
Elevated Walking in Dearborn Truck Plant, including a 1/3-mile walkway for interactive kiosks and an overlook of the final truck assembly process. (30-45 minutes)
Legacy Gallery with historic vehicles and the new Ford F-150 truck (5-15 minutes)
Bus Trip from Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center to Henry Ford Museum (15 minutes)
We recommend a minimum of two hours for your visit to the Ford Rouge Factory. For more information on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the history of the Rouge Plant, and more detail on the specific components of the Tour, see Ford Rouge Factory Tour.
Activities & Curriculum Tie-Ins
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour offers a number of ways to tie your visit into the classroom, providing your students with engaging ways to make manufacturing—old and new—come alive. A few of our tools are: