After a major construction process, the historic Ford House is set to open its new visitor center to the public in May!
The new visitor center is on the grounds of the historic Edsel and Eleanor Clay Ford estate in Grosse Pointe Shores and marks the first major alteration to the estate in 25 years.
It’s also the largest new construction project on the grounds since the home was built in 1928.
Opening Week for The Ford House Visitor’s Center
Timed tickets for opening week, May 26-30, are $5 and available at www.fordhouse.org. (Ford House members can get a sneak peek the weekend before, May 21-23, with free admission.) Tours of the house are available for an additional fee, and are self-guided and enhanced with an app, handouts and strategically located staff. Following opening week, Ford House will kick off the summer season with a full program of classes, concerts and activities for adults and children.
The Ford House Visitor’s Center
The 40,000-square-foot visitor center was designed by renowned architect Albert Kahn and is a National Historic Landmark. It features two stories and an exhibition and audio-visual experience dubbed The Ford Family Story. There is also a space for traveling and rotating exhibitions – which will kick off with Driven by Design, an exhibit featuring three rare vehicles. The rare vehicles include the world’s only 1939 Lincoln Continental prototype, the 1932 Ford Model 18 Speedster and 1934 Ford Model 40 Special Speedster. The exhibition tells the story of Edsel Ford’s role in bringing elegant design to Ford Motor Company.
If you love automotive or local history, this new space is a must-visit experience. It will combine the history of the Ford family with 21st Century technology, so visitors can experience not only the beauty of the estate but learn more about its remarkable history.
In addition, visitors to the estate can do a wide array of tours, nature walks, family activities, lectures, exhibits and visit beautiful gardens. There is truly something for all ages.
This legacy is in honor of the wishes of Eleanor Ford that future generations are able to enjoy the many facets of the estate.
The Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
The estate – and new visitor center — is located at 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores.
Phone number: 313-884-4222