Ford to offer tours inside Detroit’s historic Michigan Central Station

Tours to be held Friday-Sunday

The inside of Michigan Central Station in 2017. (WDIV)
The inside of Michigan Central Station in 2017. (WDIV)

DETROIT – If you've ever wanted to see the inside of Detroit's historic Michigan Central Station, mark your calendars for next weekend.

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Ford Motor Company, which recently purchased the former train depot in Corktown, will offer tours of the building before renovations begin.

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Tours will be held Friday-Sunday -- here are details from Ford:

  • Friday, June 22 -- 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 23 -- 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 24 -- 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Highlights of this complimentary tour include:

  • Exhibit: Curated in partnership with the Detroit Historical Society, an open and airy exhibit allows guests to explore the rich history of Michigan Central Station and Detroit through visuals, text and artifacts, while taking in the grand architecture around them. The exhibit includes pieces from local artists who capture the spirit of Corktown today.
  • Self-guided tour: Visitors will have rare access to the entire first floor of the train station with a self-guided tour that showcases images of what the train station once was, juxtaposed with how it looks today.
  • Documentary preview: Visitors will get a first-look at “Detroit: Comeback City,” a HISTORY documentary that charts the mutual rise, fall and rise again story of Detroit and Michigan Central Station in the words of real Detroiters. The documentary will debut at 9 p.m. eastern July 1 on HISTORY.
  • Community Area: Ford is hosting community engagements in partnership with the Ford Fund inside the station, highlighting local artists, entrepreneurs and the youth from Corktown. Activities include live mural making with Corktown artists and a student STEAM lab.

The company shared some renderings and plans for its new mixed-use Corktown campus Sunday. See them here.


Michigan Central Station is at 200115th Street.