The Ford House

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

Admission & Tours



We are so pleased to welcome you back to Ford House! Our grounds and gardens are open now to the public.

Grounds passes are $5 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12, and free children 5 and under. Ford House members are free. 

Find tickets here. Members, log in first to recieve your discount.


Our current hours accommodate our rigorous sanitization and cleaning schedule, as well as keeping person-to-person exposure to a minimum.

Monday .................. closed
Tuesday ................. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Wednesday ............ 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Thursday ................ 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Friday ...................... 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.) 
Saturday ................. 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)
Sunday ................... 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)


We are offering guided, socially distanced outdoor tours, Click here to book your tour. We are not offering house tours at this time, and the historical buildings are closed.


Ford House has some pavedways 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 tour staff can work with you to schedule an accessible outdoor tour. Please contact Sheila Ruen 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.

We are taking numerous precautions to create a clean, comfortable, safe, and enjoyable visit for you. Both Edsel and Eleanor believed that exposure to nature, art and design benefits everyone. We are happy to invite you to enjoy the beauty of the grounds at Ford House.

All visitors, including members, must register online for a timed ticket to the estate. Member tickets are still free, but pre-registration is required. There will be 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 

PLEASE NOTE: We’ve updated our online ticket reservation system. Members will need to activate their account to see member pricing. Click here to activate your account and reserve your ticket timeOnce logged in, 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. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find instructions on activating your new account. 

Ford House’s current guidelines and safety procedures are in line with 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.


For Your Safety

  • Each visitor must bring a face mask to keep with them at all times.
  • Your ticket and your face mask must be shown to the Security Guard at the entrance.
  • You must wear your face mask if:
    • You find yourself closer than 6 feet from a visitor from others.
    • You are inside the restroom.
  • Ford House has limited admission capacity each hour to avoid crowding.
  • Hand sanitizing 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.
  • All indoor activities and guided tours have been canceled or temporarily suspended. (Check out our new mobile app for tours! Find online virtual classes and lectures here!)
  • All historical buildings are closed at this time.
  • We have many interesting and exciting programs and workshops available virtually at this time. Visit our events page to see our current offerings.

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

If you have questions about adhering to these rules, please see details under the header "Right to Refuse Service" near the bottom of this webpage. 

Guides to the Estate

New to Ford House? Want to learn more? Take a tour guided by your phone using our new mobile app! Click here to access the app or download from the App Store.

Map & Guide
Before you go, download a map and guide to your phone or print it at home. Click here to download and print at home  -or-  Click here to download and view on your phone.

Staff Precautions

  • All staff who are unwell, feel sick or have a fever are required to stay home.
  • Staff are required to wear face masks indoors or within 6 feet of others, and practice strict social distancing.
  • Staff temperature checks and screenings are conducted daily.
  • Ford House has arranged alternative schedules and remote work for staff to reduce the amount of staff present at the estate.
  • Any staff that may have been exposed to a potential case of COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Reminder: Ford House memberships were extended during the closure. Please contact with any questions. 


Other Details

Dog Walks

Dog walking on the estate is limited to members only. Members can walk their dogs at any time during our hours of operation. 
Click here to learn more about becoming a Ford House member!

Other Temporary Closures

  • The restaurant and other indoor rental spaces 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 completion date for the construction of the facilities has moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new opening date for the Visitor Center and Administration Building has not been announced. Watch this website 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. 

Group & School Tour Reservations
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our School Tour bookings are temporarily on hold. Click here for details on Group Tours



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).

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. We are happy to exchange your ticket for you. Please contact 313-884-4222 or

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? All visitors, including members, must register online for a timed ticket to the estate. To use your member discount, you must log in to your account first here.

Member tickets are still free, but pre-registration is required. There will be no on-site ticket sales.

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 visit or purchase a ticket, or else you will not be able to reserve a member grounds pass or access member pricing.

If you have questions or need assistance, please email us 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 an 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.