The Ford House

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family.

Admission & Tours

The Ford House grounds and gardens open to the public on April 10. House tours will resume when we open our new Visitor Center in spring 2021. Stay tuned for more information on that!


Our grounds will be open 8 AM-dusk, Tuesday-Sunday.

Your grounds pass lets you roam through the grounds and gardens of the historic estate. Bring a picnic and sit on the lawn, watch the boats on Lake St. Clair, stroll through the gardens, marvel at the beautiful architecture, and soak in the open spaces and wooded areas.
CLICK HERE to purchase a grounds pass.
Grounds passes must be reserved in advance. There are no ticket sales at the gate. 

The time and date of your ticket must match your arrival time. If you need a different date or time, please exchange your ticket by emailing tickets[at]

Grounds admission is $5. Children 5 and under are free. Ford House members are free and do not have to reserve a pass in advance.  

Members only have access on Mondays, 8 AM-dusk.  Click here to become a member!


Check out our new mobile app to tour from home and peek inside the house. Also available on the App Store.

We are not offering house tours at this time, and the historical buildings are closed.


Ford House has some paved walkways on the estate that are wheelchair accessible. Some of our garden pathways have uneven ground, pebble paths, and a few stairs. 
If you have accessibility needs or concerns, our staff can work with you on accessible options. Please contact Sheila Ruen at sruen[at] and she will make the arrangements. Accessibility is important to us, and we want everyone to be able to share in the Ford House experience. If you have more questions you can also call us at 313-884-4222.

Use a Map & Guide to navigate the estate during your visit. Download it here: Print the map at home  --or--  Get map on your mobile phone.


We hope you will visit the estate, and we are making every effort to keep our visitors and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ford House has implemented guidelines and safety procedures in line with current county, state and CDC requirements. 

We ask any visitors who feel unwell, have a fever or other symptoms, to please stay home. We will be happy to exchange your ticket for a different date.

  • Each visitor must bring a face mask and keep it with them at all times.
  • Your ticket and your face mask must be shown to the public safety officer at the entrance.
  • You must wear your face mask (over your nose and mouth) if:
    • You find yourself closer than 6 feet from visitors (outside your household).
    • You are inside the restroom.
    • You are interacting with Ford House staff.
  • Ford House has limited our admission capacities to avoid crowding and follow state guidelines.
  • Hand sanitizer stations have been added around the estate.
  • Signage around the estate reminds visitors to practice social distancing and helps answer questions.
  • We have increased our sanitization schedule for all public areas and surfaces.
  • We have created virtual programs. Our outdoor tours have concluded for the year. Visit our Events page to see our current offerings
  • All historical buildings, including the Main Residence, are closed at this time.
  • House tours and all other indoor activities have been canceled or temporarily suspended. (Check out our new mobile app to peek inside the house.)

Tobacco use is not permitted anywhere at Ford House; e-cigarettes are also prohibited.


Any staff you encounter on the estate have been screened and have their temperature checked daily. Our staff members are adhering to a multitude of other strict safety protocols. The majority of our staff are working from home.


Dog Walks

Ford House members can walk their dogs at any time during our hours of operation. Click here to learn more about becoming a Ford House member!

Temporary Closures

  • The Main Residence and all historic buildings are closed, as is the Visitor Center.
  • The restaurant and meeting rooms were closed in 2017 to make way for our new Visitor Center and Administration Building. The new Visitor Center will include new exhibits, education spaces, a new restaurant, rental spaces and more. The facilities are projected to open in April 2021. Follow and our Facebook page for updates.
  • Our wild habitat and bird sanctuary Bird Island is currently closed due to the construction of our new Visitor Center and Administration Building. The island will reopen when the buildings are complete. 
  • The Pool and Lagoon are currently undergoing historic restorations. 

School Tour Reservations
We are not currently offering School Tours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Check back for updates. In the meantime, enjoy these fun at-home activities we created for learners.

Group Tour Reservations 
Click here to see an overview of our offerings



When is the best time to visit Ford House to avoid crowds? We are limiting the admittance, so anytime is safe. But generally, weekdays are quieter than weekends. The estate offers ample outdoor space to maintain a safe distance from others.

Am I required to wear a mask? You are only required to wear a mask in the restrooms and if you need to interact with staff or other visitors (outside your household). When using your mask, it must cover your nose and mouth. 

I bought a ticket but now I don’t feel well or cannot attend. What do I do? Please stay home if you feel unwell or feel unsure. Please contact 313-884-4222 or info[at] with any questions.

I'm a member. Why can't I see member pricing? To use your member discount, you must log in to your account first here

How do I activate my account on the new ticketing system? Set up your account for the first time by clicking "Forgot Password" and follow these instructions:

We have a new system for purchasing tickets, memberships, and reservations. Click here to get started. The first time you access it, you must set your password by clicking on "FORGOT PASSWORD". You will be prompted to check your email to create your password.

Once logged in, you will see a calendar. You can reserve a grounds pass or register for an event by clicking on the calendar box for the date you would like to visit.

You will need to log in each time you want to purchase a ticket, or else you will not be able to access member pricing.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email us at info[at] and someone will help you!


Right to Refuse Service

In order to maintain a high standard of service and safety for visitors and employees, Ford House reserves the right to refuse or discontinue service to any visitor.

A visitor may be denied service in circumstances including, but not limited to, the following: violation of any Ford House policy or procedure; misrepresentation of the need for service; threatening or offensive language or behavior; trespassing; physical contact with visitors or employees; unreasonable demands for service.

Any Ford House employee can exercise the right to refuse service to any visitor on these or similar grounds. Visitors in violation of any Ford House policy will be asked by Ford House staff to leave the premises.

Ford House will not discriminate against any visitor or member on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic information, or any other legally-recognized protected basis under federal, state or local laws, regulations or ordinances.



Ford House is a nonprofit organization. We are grateful for the support from organizations like the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.