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A factory tour is an organized visit to a factory to observe the products being manufactured and the processes at work. Manufacturing companies offer factory tours to improve public relations.

Types of factory tours

Breweries and distilleries, together with manufacturers of clothes, pottery and glass, are amongst the most popular factory visits.[citation needed] The popularity of factory tours has declined since the mid-20th century, as factories no longer represent the cutting edge of technology.[1]

Government agencies such as NASA and ESA, and companies like Boeing still continue their public tours of their factories, spacecraft workshops and visitor areas, either directly or through a sponsorship company.

Some countries have set up industrial-related museums where tours to see their processing is part of the museum attractions, such as the BRAND'S Health Museum, Taiwan Metal Creation Museum, Taiwan Mochi Museum and Taiyen Tongxiao Tourism Factory in Taiwan.


  1. ^ Grabar, Henry (3 April 2018). "Why Factories Aren't Tourist Attractions Anymore". Slate. Retrieved 3 April 2018.