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! We offer daily guided house tours, as well as self-guided tours of the grounds. 

HOURS

The Visitor Center, grounds and Museum Shop 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.

Tour times:

  • Tuesday-Friday: Premium Tours 10 a.m. General Tours 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.*
  • Saturday: General Tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Sunday: General Tours Noon-4 p.m.

*Please note, on Tuesday, Aug. 22, the last entry to the estate will be at noon. The estate, including the grounds, will close at 1:30 p.m. that day.

Ford House is also open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day. 

Cotswold Cafe is open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, until Aug. 20. After that, the cafe will be closed for the construction of the new Visitor Center. Call 313-453-2037 for reservations. 

ADMISSION

Space is limited on our tours. General house tours and premium tours are sold first-come, first-served, at Ford House on the day of the tour. We do not take reservations, except groups of 10 or more may book tours two weeks in advance. Click here for Group Tour information.

Options

Adults

Seniors

Children
Ages 6-12

Children
5 and under

General House Tour
Includes guided house tour with a docent. It also includes an iPad grounds tour, access to grounds and outer buildings.

$12.00

$11.00

$8.00

Free

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 10 a.m., Tuesday-Friday.

$15.00

$14.00

$11.00

Free

Behind the Scenes Tour
A reservation-required guided tour of the places you don't see on the general house tour! See the attic, tunnels, basement and more! Requires going up and down flights of stairs. Available Sept.-Nov. on select dates. TIckets available on our events page.

$15.00

$15.00

$15.00

Free

Gardens & Grounds Only
Includes access to grounds and outer buildings. Add an iPad Tour - $5.00

$5.00

$5.00

$5.00

Free

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

$35.00-$500.00

 

 

 

 

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.

Accessibility

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 the Ford House can meet your needs, please call us at (313) 884-4222.

Photography
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 and special occasion portraits, is allowed on the grounds and gardens for a fee, but must be arranged in advance. Click here to make arrangements.

Food and Beverage
You may dine in the Cotswold Cafe (open until Aug. 20), or 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 will be closed Jan. 8-Feb.23,2018, for conservation care. 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.