The Ford Rouge Factory Tour is a self-guided, five-part tour that puts you in the center of one of America’s most famous manufacturing complexes. The five tour “stations” include: The Legacy Theater, showing a short film about the fascinating history of the Rouge; The Manufacturing Innovation Theater, a multisensory film experience about the making of the Ford F-150 truck; The Observation Deck Tour, where you can see the world’s largest “living roof”; The Assembly Walking Plant Tour, which takes you along an elevated walkway to see the final assembly of the Ford F-150; and, finally, The Legacy Gallery, which showcases some of the most famous cars manufactured at the Rouge, including the Model A and Ford Mustang.
When is the Ford Rouge Factory Tour open?
The Ford Rouge Factory Tour hours are Monday - Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please note that buses depart from Henry Ford Museum to the Ford Rouge Factory Visitor Center every 20 minutes, 9:20 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. See Non-Production Dates.
Can I drive directly to the Rouge in my own vehicle?
Private vehicles are not allowed at the Rouge Complex as there is no public parking on the grounds. A limited amount of school and group bus parking is available at the Ford Rouge Factory Visitor Center. Group tour operators may request direct-arrival and bus parking arrangements through our Call Center (800-835-5237). Group arrivals are scheduled between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
How early should I be at the bus stop?
All buses to the Rouge Complex depart from the circle drive in front of the Henry Ford Museum. Buses depart regularly throughout the day (Monday-Saturday) from 9:20 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Buses are loaded on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests will be seated on the first available bus.
Is photography permitted on the tour?
Photography and video recording are strictly prohibited in both theaters and the Dearborn Truck Plant. Photography is allowed in the Legacy Gallery and Observation Deck.
Are there places to eat at the Rouge?
Currently there are no eating establishments at the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. Visitors are encouraged to use the Michigan Café at Henry Ford Museum prior to or following their visit to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour. There are limited beverage and snack vending machines at the Factory Tour.
Do you need a Henry Ford Museum admission to go on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
No, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour is accessible without entering the main floor of Henry Ford Museum.
How long does it take to see all the attractions on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
The tour is self-guided and you are encouraged to move at your own pace. We recommend a minimum of two hours to visit Ford Rouge Factory Tour to enjoy the variety of experiences on site. In addition, you will want to plan for the time it takes to travel on the bus to and from Henry Ford Museum to the Ford Rouge Factory Visitor Center. While the trip each way only takes about 15 minutes, we suggest you plan for an hour total travel time.
Do you need advanced reservations for the Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
Advanced reservations are recommended for groups of 15 or more. Please purchase your tickets either on our website or by calling our Call Center at (800-835-5237) between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
How do I find out what special events are happening during my Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
Visit the “Events” section of this site for a full listing of events at the Rouge and across The Henry Ford campus. You may also contact the Call Center at 313-982-6001 for more information.
Are pets allowed at the Rouge?
No, generally, pets are not allowed on premises. Service animals are allowed with certain exceptions.
Is the facility handicap accessible and do you provide wheelchairs/scooters?
The Factory Tour is wheelchair accessible. The film theaters and buses (which transport you from The Henry Ford to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center) can accommodate up to four wheelchairs per time slot. Wheelchairs and strollers are available for use within the factory tour at no charge.
Will I see production on the Ford Rouge Factory Tour?
Because production varies by vehicle demand, you may be touring the Dearborn Truck Plant when we are not building vehicles. Production hours are inconsistent, and The Henry Ford does not control when trucks are being produced. While we cannot guarantee you will see the assembly line in full operation, you will still be able to visit the assembly line area temporarily suspended in mid-operation. We will not be building vehicles during daily breaks, shift changes, Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and during the first two weeks of July. Either way, the tour offers unique experiences with full walking access above the factory assembly area. See the 2015 Dearborn Truck Plant non-production dates and Ford Rouge Factory Tour closure dates. (Please remember the assembly area is only one part of this five-part tour; all other parts of the tour remain unaffected. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.)
What will I see when final assembly is in production?
When final assembly is in production, you will encounter a multisensory experience with heat and noise at more extreme levels as F-150s are in final assembly below you.