The Ford House

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

Admissions & Tours

Visitors to the Ford House are welcome to take a guided house tour, roam the grounds and gardens, enjoy lunch at the cafe or a picnic outdoors, step inside Josephine's playhouse, take a self-guided iPad tour of the grounds, and visit our exhibits in the garage and cottage.

Ford House winter hours: Tours are offered noon and 1:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday, and every half hour from noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The grounds are open 8 a.m.-dusk. The Visitors Center is open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Admission and tour options:

Tour Options



Ages 6-12

5 and under

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





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. 





Behind the Scenes Tour
A reservation-required guided tour of the places you don't see on the general house tour! See tthe attic, tunnels, basement and more! Requires going up and down flights of stairs. Reserve your tickets on our events page.





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





Membership – A Great Deal!
Receive yearlong access and special discounts. Visit the Membership page for details.






Garden and Grounds

The grounds are open 8 a.m.-dusk, Tuesday-Sunday.

Parking at the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is ample and free in the lot near at the Visitors Center.

Holidays and Winter
The Ford House is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and for two weeks each winter for conservation projects. Ford House is closed for tours from Jan. 4-30, 2016, for conservation work.

Group and School Tours and Reservations
Reservations for general tours are not available for fewer than 10 guests. Reservations for group tours (10 or more guests) are required and may be made by contacting the Group Tour Sales Director.

For information on school and youth programs, click here. You may also contacty 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 the Visitor Center to park and purchase your tour tickets. The Visitor Center is the site of a short orientation video, the Gaukler Pointe Gift shop, The Cotswold Cafe and restrooms.

If you choose to spend time at the Grounds - and not go on a House Tour - admission is $5 per person for ages 6 and older. Children under age 5 are free. Please pay at the Visitor Center. Members can walk the Grounds for free. Strollers, wagons, and picnic items (such as food and blankets) are welcome on the Grounds.

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, Pool House (open seasonally), South Cottage Exhibit and Garage Exhibit, 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 those 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.

Visitors are welcome to bring a camera to capture the beauty of the grounds and the exterior of the buildings. Photography of any kind is not permitted inside the main house. 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
Please enjoy food and beverages in the Cotswold Cafe or bring a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. No food, beverages or gum are allowed in the historic buildings.

For Your Comfort
You are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for your visit. The Ford House is not air-conditioned.

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