The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization and National Historic Landmark dedicated to preserving and sharing the legacy of the Ford Family. It inspires, educates, and engages visitors through the exploration of its unique connections to art, design, history, and the environment while celebrating family traditions and community relationships. Your support helps ensure that the rich history of Ford House continues to inspire future generations. We truly appreciate your support!

GENERAL RULES:

  • Always be respectful and follow instructions given by Ford House staff.
  • Children must be supervised by an adult guardian at all times.
  • Bags are subject to search and must be smaller than 11x14x3 inches to be allowed on tours in the Main Residence. Complimentary lockers are available for bags that exceed our size limit.
  • For safety and liability reasons, bicycles, skateboards, skates, and other personal-wheeled devices are not permitted on the premises.
  • Shoes and shirts must be worn, at all times.
  • Please make sure to dispose of waste and recycling in appropriate receptacles. 
  • No soliciting.

ACCESSIBILITY

Wheelchairs and umbrella strollers are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors are encouraged to ask staff at any point during their visit for these resources if needed. For the safety of our visitors, the second floor, attic, and basement of the Main Residence are not accessible by wheelchair or stroller. We have a tour on a mobile device available for visitors who are unable to make it to these floors. Learn more.

DOG POLICY

Friends of Ford House may walk their leashed dogs on the property most days, excluding major events. Other pets and emotional support animals are not allowed on the property except in the case of properly trained service animals.

Filming & Photography Alert

When you visit Ford House, you enter an area where photography, audio, and video recording may occur.

By entering the event premises, you consent to interview(s), photography, audio recording, video recording and its/their release, publication, exhibition, or reproduction to be used for news, webcasts, promotional purposes, telecasts, advertising, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by Ford House and its affiliates and representatives. Images, photos, and/or videos may be used to promote similar Ford House events in the future, highlight the event, and exhibit the capabilities of Ford House. You release Ford House, its officers, employees, and each and all persons involved from any liability connected with the taking, recording, digitizing, or publication and use of interviews, photographs, computer images, video, and/or sound recordings.

By entering the event premises, you waive all rights you may have to any claims for payment or royalties in connection with any use, exhibition, streaming, web casting, televising, or other publication of these materials, regardless of the purpose or sponsoring of such use, exhibiting, broadcasting, webcasting, or other publication irrespective of whether a fee for admission or sponsorship is charged. You also waive any right to inspect or approve any photo, video, or audio recording taken by Ford House or the person or entity designated to do so by Ford House.

Children on school tours are exempt from this policy and will not be filmed or photographed.

FOOD & DRINK

Food. drink, and gum are not allowed in historic buildings or exhibition spaces, however picnicking on the meadow is welcome.

Due to Michigan state law, no alcohol may be brought onto the grounds or into our facilities. Prohibited alcohol will be confiscated. Violators may be asked to leave the premises.

LANDSCAPE & WILDLIFE

To help preserve the beauty and safety of Ford House, please refrain from climbing or touching the trees and flowers on the premises. Do not interfere or interact with wildlife.

POOL & LAGOON

For the preservation of the historic property and your safety, do not enter the pool or lagoon, or touch/climb on the diving board at Ford House.

Photography

Visitors are invited to take pictures for personal use of the house and their experience at the estate. For the safety of visitors and the collection, we do not permit tripods, telephoto lenses, or selfie sticks in the historic buildings, and drone photography/videography is not permitted. Portraiture and commercial photography require special permission, application, and location fees. Please see our Photography page for more information.

All media professionals must contact the Director of Communications & Engagement to arrange photo and video shoots.

Refunds & EXCHANGES

Refunds: Tickets, Friendships, and other purchases are non-refundable. Refunds are only issued in the event of a closure or cancellation by Ford House. In the event of a closure or cancelation, guests who have purchased a ticket or made a reservation will be contacted.

Purchases from The Shop at Ford House may be refunded within 30 days of purchase, accompanied with proof of purchase. To return an item, it must be new, unused, and in its original packaging. All items sold as part of a special sale or promotion are non-refundable. Refunds will be issued to the original form of payment or as store credit.

Exchanges: Ticket exchanges may be made up to 14 days before the date listed on your event ticket(s). There is a $2.00/ticket exchange fee required at the time of your exchange. If within two weeks of your scheduled event, you find you cannot use your tickets, we encourage you to gift your tickets to a friend who may enjoy the experience!

Purchases from The Shop at Ford House may be exchanged within 30 days of purchase, accompanied by proof of purchase. To exchange an item, it must be new, unused, and in its original packaging. All items sold as part of a special sale or promotion are non-exchangeable.

To make a ticket exchange, please call (313) 884-4222 or email tickets@fordhouse.org.

SMOKING & VAPING POLICY

The entire 87-acre estate is a tobacco-free estate, including e-cigarettes.

WeApOns policy

We take the safety and well-being of our members, visitors, and staff seriously, which is why we have certain restrictions regarding the items prohibited from being brought onto the property.

Weapons of any kind (including firearms, BB-pellet guns, tasers, pocket knives, box cutters, mace, chemical sprays, brass knuckles, etc.) are not permitted. Law enforcement officers are permitted to carry while visiting the Estate.

This list is not exhaustive, and Ford House reserves the right to remove any individual or item that it deems inappropriate, dangerous, or in violation of our policies. Bags are subject to search. If you are unsure about the eligibility of a particular item, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly for clarification at info@fordhouse.org or 313-884-4222.

ZERO-TOLERANCE POLICY

Ford House has a zero-tolerance policy regarding intimidation, threats, or other behaviors that do not align with Ford House values, and individuals who engage in such activities will be removed from the premises and barred from returning. Ford House reserves the right to revoke or deny admission without refund for noncompliance with applicable rules and terms or for inappropriate conduct. 

Purchase Your Tickets in Advance

TICKETS

Find tickets for house tours, grounds passes, and our wonderful programs. Advance purchase is recommended!

Special Thanks

Ford House is grateful for the generous support of Ford Philanthropy and helping us fulfill our educational mission and making Ford House more accessible to our community.

About Ford House

Ford House is a 501c3 nonprofit and National Historic Landmark. Experience the historic family home of Edsel Ford, the only son of Henry Ford, and his wife, Eleanor. Visitors from all over the world come to wander, wonder, and explore the beauty of this 1928 National Historic Landmark and uncover a unique piece of the American automotive story in metro Detroit. Learn more below.