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 are currently closed for conservation care. Tours will resume April 2, 2019.

Members may still access the grounds for walks, 7 a.m.-dusk daily. Members also can bring their dogs for walks on Sundays, 7-11 a.m. Click here for membership informaiton.


Tours will resume April 2, 2019. Take a guided house tour of Edsel & Eleanor Ford's historic lakefront home and roam the grounds and gardens. 

Tour hours will be:

Tuesday-Friday: Tours will be offered hourly. Premium Tours 10 a.m. General Tours 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday: General tours will be offered every half hour, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 
Sunday: General Tours will be 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. 

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.


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





Premium House Tour
Available this spring! 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
Available this spring!  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. 





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





Architecture Tours
Available starting May 3! Learn about how Detroit architect Albert Kahn's artistry and vision created a stunning home for the Fords!






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 will be closed for several weeks starting Jan. 7, 2019, for conservation care, and the grounds will be open for members only. The house will re-open April 2.

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.