The Ford House

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

Admission & Tours

Welcome to Ford House!


Take a guided house tour of Edsel & Eleanor Ford's historic lakefront home and roam the grounds and gardens. 

Tour hours are:  

  • Tuesday-Friday: Tours are offered on the hour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 10 a.m. tour is the Premium House tour.
  • Saturday: General tours are offered every half hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: General tours are offered every half hour, Noon-4 p.m.

Space is limited on our tours. General house tours and premium tours are sold first come, first served, at the Visitor Center on the day of the tour. 

Want to explore outdoors? Grounds-only admission is available Tuesday-Sunday, during our regular tour hours. 

Members may access the grounds for walks, 7 a.m.-dusk daily. Members also can bring their dogs for walks daily during specified hours. Click here for more membership information.

We do not sell general house tour tickets in advance or take reservations, however groups of 10 or more may make a reservation two weeks in advance (click here for details).


Groups of 10 or more may reserve a tour at least two weeks in advance. Click here for Group Tour information.


The cafe is closed during construction of our new visitor center and administration building. Read more about it here.


The Main House, grounds, and other outer buildings are accessible for your enjoyment during the usual scheduled times.

Our wild habitat and bird sanctuary Bird Island is currently closed due to the construction of our new visitor center and administration buildings. The island will reopen when the buildings are complete in 2020. 

The Power House is currently not open to the public due to high water levels and flooding. It will reopen once the issue is resolved.

The Historic Pool is currently undergoing restorations. 






Ages 6-12

5 and under

General House Tour
Available this spring! Includes guided house tour with a docent. 

(To arrange an ASL interpreter, please contact our education department at 313-884-4222 during regular business hours.)





Premium House Tour
Premium tours are not available during our Holiday Belles Tours. Includes amenities of the House Tour plus very special “extra spaces.” Requires going up and down flights of stairs. Tickets are sold first-come, first-served day of the tour at the Visitor Center.





Behind the Scenes Tour
A reservation-required guided tour of the places you don't see on the general house tour! Requires going up and down flights of stairs. Find tickets at





Gardens & Grounds Only
Includes access to grounds and outer buildings. Available during our regular hours, until dusk.





Architecture Tours
Available Spring and Summer. Holiday Belles Tours. PLearn about how Detroit architect Albert Kahn's artistry and vision created a stunning home for the Fords.






Membership – A Great Deal!
Enjoy yearlong grounds access, dog walks, free general tours and special discounts. Visit the Membership page for details

Starts at $45!





Blue Star Program

Ford House is a Blue Star Program museum, and offers free admission to active military personnel and their families (up to 5 guests), from (Armed Services Day) through (Labor Day).

Group and School Tours and Reservations
Groups of 10 or more may make reservations at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Group Tour Sales Director.

For information on school and youth programs, click here. You may also contact Mary Fishwick in the education department at (313) 884-4222, ext. 152.

Tour Process
Upon arrival at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, you will be directed to park and purchase your admission. Parking is free. There will be a short orientation video, a museum shop, and restrooms.

You are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for your visit. Ford House is not air-conditioned. Strollers, wagons, and picnic items (such as food and blankets) are welcome on the Grounds. Please note, strollers are not permitted inside the house.

The guided house tour portion of your visit will last approximately 50 minutes. After touring the house, you will be free to explore the grounds and outer buildings, including the Powerhouse, Playhouse, and Pool House (open seasonally) at your own pace.


As a historic structure, Edsel & Eleanor Ford House has some limitations for those with mobility issues. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the safety of our guests, the second floor, attic and basement of the home are not accessible by wheelchairs or walkers, but a video tour of the second floor is available for guests to enjoy on the first floor in the Main Hall.

An ASL interpreter is available on our general house tour the last Saturday of the month on the 12:30 p.m. tour. Find more information here.

If you have any questions about whether Ford House can meet your needs, please call us at (313) 884-4222.


We hope your visit to Ford House is memorable and special. You are welcome to take photos for personal use and to share on social media.

We welcome you to take photographs while on tours of the home; however, for the safety of our guests and the collection, we do not permit flash photography, video, tripods, telephoto lenses and selfie sticks.

We also ask you to be courteous of others on tour to ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience.

Please note: Professional and special occasion photography, including weddings and portraits, must be approved ahead of time and requires a fee. Click here to make arrangements.

Food and Beverage
You may bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. No food, beverages or gum is allowed in the historic buildings. 

Dog Walks

Ford House members may walk their dogs on the estate. Times are: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, and 5 p.m. to dusk daily.

Holidays and Winter
Ford House is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The house will be closed for several weeks starting Jan. 6, 2020, for conservation care, and the grounds will be open for members only. The house will re-open in April.

We are open Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve! 

For more information on touring and visiting the Ford House, please call 313-884-4222.