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! Take a guided house tour, roam the grounds and gardens, enjoy lunch at the cafe or a picnic outdoors. Also be sure to step inside Josephine's playhouse, take a self-guided iPad tour of the grounds, and visit our exhibits in the garage and cottage.


Tours are offered Tuesday-Sunday. The tour schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday-Friday: Premium House Tour, 10 a.m.; General Tours 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: General Tours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Sunday: General Tours, noon-4 p.m.

Space is limited on our tours. Tickets are sold first come, first served, at the Visitors Center on the day of the tour. We do not sell general house tour tickets in advance or take reservations.

The Grounds, Visitors Center and Gaukler Pointe Gifts are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Ford House will also be open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

Cotswold Cafe is open 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Call 313-453-2037 for reservations. The Cafe will also be open for lunch Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Admission and tour options:

Tour Options



Ages 6-12

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.





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. 





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 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Members enjoy extended hours to walk the grounds, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

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 5-7 p.m.

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

Holidays and Winter
Ford House is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and for two weeks each winter for conservation projects. 

Group and School Tours and Reservations
Groups of 10 or more may make reservations in advance. Contact 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 on 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 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.