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! Visitors may take a guided house tour, walk the grounds, visit our Museum Shop, or enjoy one of our many events.


Our tour hours through Nov. 21 are as follows:

  • Tuesday-Thursday: Tours are offered every half hour, with a Premium Tour at 10 a.m. and general tours from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday: Tours are offered every half hour, with a Premium Tour at 10 a.m. and general tours from 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Mondays: Ford House is closed. 

Please note: Josephine's Playhouse will be closed for restoration work until Nov. 23. Bird Island will be closed from Nov. 19-Dec. 19 to accomodate construction work.

General house tours and premium tours are sold in person at Ford House on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the tour. Space is limited on our tours. Specialty tours, including Architecture and Behind the Scenes tours, are sold in advance here.


Starting Nov. 23, come to Ford House for our Holiday BellesHouse Tour. The home will be authentically decorated as it was during the holiday receptions Mrs. Ford hosted to honor her granddaughters from 1959 through the ‘60s.

Holiday Belles tours are offered November 23-January 6. Hours are Noon-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, and noon-4 p.m. Sundays.
Ford House will also be open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The estate is closed Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Daytime tour tickets (through the 4:30 tour) are sold at the Visitor Center, first come, first served, no reservations.
Evening tours (5-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays) are sold in advance online advance. CLICK HERE to select available dates and times and to purchase.
Please note: This year, we are shifting our focus to holiday celebrations inside the home. With the construction of our new buildings in full swing, we are currently unable to host a lighted walk event. We hope you enjoy this fun -- and historically accurate -- snapshot of the holidays inside the Ford family home.



The Grounds and Visitor Center are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Members enjoy extended hours to walk the grounds, 7 a.m.-dusk, daily.



We do not take reservations, except groups of 10 or more may book tours two weeks in advance. Click here for Group Tour information.


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





Ages 6-12

5 and under

General House Tour/Holiday Belles
Includes guided house tour with a docent. 





Premium House Tour
Includes amenities of the House Tour plus a viewing of a few other very special “extra spaces.” Requires going up and down flights of stairs. Offered weekday mornings at 10AM. Tickets are sold on site, day of the tour.





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. Click here to register.





Gardens & Grounds Only
Includes access to grounds and outer buildings.





Architecture Tours
Learn about how Detroit architect Albert Kahn's artistry and vision created a stunning home for the Fords! Offered Fridays at noon (12:30 p.m. starting Aug. 24). Tickets are available in advance here.






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

Starts at $35!





Blue Star Program

Ford House is a Blue Star Museum, and offers free admission to active-military personnel and their families (up to 6 guests), from Memorial Day until 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 special needs. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The second floor, attic and basement of the home are not accessible by wheelchairs, but picture scrapbooks are available to guests unable to visit those areas. Walkers are also not allowed on the second floor or basement, for the safety of our guests.

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

Visitors are welcome to bring a camera to capture the beauty of the grounds and the exterior of the buildings. For the safety of our guests, photography inside the Main House is limited to the Gallery room, and your docent will let you know when it is OK to use your camera.

Professional photography, including weddings, special occasions and portraits, must be approved in advance 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 7-11 a.m. Sundays. Friend, Patron and President's Circle level Members may walk their dogs Monday-Saturday, 7-10 a.m. and 5 p.m.-dusk.

Holidays and Winter
Ford House is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The house closes for several weeks in January and February for conservation care, and the grounds will be open for members only.

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.