The Ford House

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

Admission & Tours

Dear Ford House guests and members,
 
Ford House is temporarily closed to all visitors in response to Gov. Whitmer’s recent declaration of a state of emergency for Michigan and advisories from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization, due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The health and safety of our visitors and staff is our utmost concern.

The closure applies to all grounds walks – including member walks -- public tours, programs, and workshops, until further notice.
We have not yet determined a date to reopen the estate as we continue to monitor closely the rapidly changing situation. If you have already purchased tickets for an event, please watch your email for more information.

Please watch this website and our Facebook page for updates.
We encourage you to keep informed, take precautions and stay safe. For information on coronavirus and precautionary measures, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Ford House when we can ensure a safe and healthy environment for all. Thank you for your patience during this time.
 
Sincerely,
Mark J. Heppner
President & CEO
Ford House
 
GROUP AND SCHOOL TOUR RESERVATIONS

Groups of 10 or more may make reservations at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Group Tour Sales Director at 313-884-4222 ext. 129 or email dbuchanan[at]fordhouse.org.

For information on school and youth programs, click here. You may also contact the education department at (313) 884-4222 or email info[at]fordhouse.org

TOUR PROCESS

Upon arrival at Ford House, you will be directed to park and purchase your admission. Parking is free. In our temporary Visitor Center, you can purchase admission tickets, shop in our store, and view a brief orientation video.

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

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT

Preparing for Your Visit
You are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for your visit. The historic home is not air-conditioned.

Discover Your Path
There’s more than one way to experience Ford House. Take your time and discover your own path as you explore the grounds and house. Ford House has amazing views of Lake St. Clair, and we want you to enjoy it. Run, play, twirl, or lounge to your heart’s content!

Lighten Your Load
Bags smaller than 11x14x3 inches are allowed on house tours. Complimentary lockers are available in the house for larger items. Please speak with Ford House staff for more information.

Keep Your Distance
Please keep a safe distance between you and objects in the historic buildings. Even clean hands can harm historical objects.

Leave the Leftovers
Food, drink, or gum are not allowed in the historic buildings. You’re welcome to enjoy a sip and snack or a picnic on our grounds. Please be sure to dispose of all trash in a receptacle.

Get a Set of Wheels
Wheelchairs are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask Ford House staff for assistance. For the safety of our visitors, the second floor, attic, and basement of the home are not accessible by wheelchairs or walkers; however, a video tour of the second floor is available for visitors to enjoy on the first floor in the Main Hall.

Strollers are allowed on the grounds and on tours, but may not be wider than 30 inches to enter the historic buildings. Umbrella strollers are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask Ford House staff for assistance.

If you have any questions about accessibility at Ford House, please call us at (313) 884-4222 or email info[at]fordhouse.org.

Snap and Share
You’re invited to take flash-free pictures of the house; however, for the safety of visitors and the collection, we do not permit flash photography, video, tripods, telephoto lenses, or selfie sticks. Don’t forget to share your images on social media with the hashtag #FordHouse!

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.

Put It Out
Tobacco use is not permitted anywhere at Ford House; e-cigarettes are also prohibited.

Tour Process
Upon arrival at Ford House, you will be directed to park and purchase your admission. In our temporary Visitor Center, you can purchase admission tickets, shop in our store, and view a brief orientation video.

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

TEMPORARY CLOSURES

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

The café is closed during construction of our new visitor center and administration building.

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.

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 and grounds will re-open to visitors on April 1, 2020.

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

BLUE STAR MUSEUM

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

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