Meadow Brook Hall
Meadow Brook Hall
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Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy's most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Tours are offered daily. Tour tickets may be purchased in the Museum Store located inside Meadow Brook Hall. Tour reservations are not required. All guests must be accompanied by a tour guide. Tours last approximately 1 to 1-1/2 hours, depending on the size of the group.
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Jon W
MO141 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I’m sure it is a spectacular mansion, but we didn’t get to see it. We were there as part of a group. When we arrived, my wife headed downstairs to go to the restroom. While she was there, 3 tours started with our group. One went on the main level, one went downstairs and one went upstairs. I kept waiting for my wife, but she never returned. About half an hour later, she came walking through with the tour that took the downstairs level. She explained that when she came out of the restroom, the very rude female tour guide refused to allow her to return to the main level to join me. She was forced to go along with the downstairs tour group. The tour guide told her it didn’t matter that she couldn’t join me, since I had likely gone on one of the other tours. That was not true and she had no way of knowing that. My wife has an injured knee and was having a hard time walking with a knee brace. She is also blind in one eye and has very poor depth perception. She depends on me to help her with stairs. So this very rude and uncaring tour guide left her alone to fend for herself. That woman should be fired. We were both so mad that we didn’t finish the tour.
Written June 30, 2023
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Randy R
Taylor, MI15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I would highly recommend the Holiday tour, the house itself is amazing, but the Holiday decorations take it to a new height. The Tour is "self-guided, there are arrows to show you the way to go and a person there to tell you about each area of the house. We ate at the Patti Finnegans Pub, once we found it, signage isn't great. Dinner was very good as was our waitress.
Written December 14, 2023
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Brenda L
Waterford, Michigan, United States20 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We did the “Behind the Scenes” tour. We were disappointed, along with several others we heard as we were leaving. We thought the tour would be the regular house tour with extra behind the scenes locations. It was really the servants areas tour with a couple of family locations. I would suggest Meadow Brook maybe make that more clear in their description.
Written October 16, 2023
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magjo12
Atlanta, GA54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
What a treat -- well worth the time. The home is stunning and the tour was excellent. Our tour guide (Carolyn?) was very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about showing us around. We did not have time to stroll the grounds, but I'd recommend you plan enough time to do that.
Written May 16, 2022
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terrance t
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
This place is magnificent. Appropriately classified as one of America’s castles. I’ve visited both Ford homes and this home and this one is the best. If you haven’t seen this tremendous mansion you have to go. Even now it’s a marvel, just think during its time period, it has to be out of this world.
Written February 21, 2022
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TennismumCA
Rochester, MI29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visited Meadow Brook Hall and very impressed! Even though we bought "self-guided" tickets, there were many docents available who gave very interesting facts throughout our tour. The grounds and gardens are equally beautiful if you enjoy perennial gardens. Totally worth it - highly recommend!
Written October 1, 2023
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junebaby52
Rochester, MI113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011
We toured Meadow Brook Hall, the home of Matilda and Alfred Wilson. Fabulous woodwork, beautiful plastered ceilings and original furniture make this a worthwhile trip.
The home is 88,000 square feet and has 110 rooms!! We want to go back in the summer to tour the gardens.
Written January 4, 2012
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coolcarm
Cincinnati, OH159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011
We really enjoyed our tour of this huge (88,000 sq ft) home. The furniture from the late 20s and early 30s is still in place, so this is an opportunity to see how the wealthy folks of that era lived. We did the basic 1 1/2 hour tour, but there is also a longer "behind the scenes" tour that I would like to do when I'm back in that area. Also on display - some of Mrs. Wilson's clothing and her collections of decorative arts (paintings, Tiffany glass, and porcelein). It's on the grounds of Oakland University and well worth a visit if you're in the northern suburbs of Detroit.
Written August 29, 2011
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CynthiafromOhio2011
Cleveland, OH346 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012
Toured the house in early January as they were taking down the Holiday decorations. During this time (middle of week), there is only one tour per day (at 1:30 pm); you cannot tour the house w/o the guide.

The house was buit in the early 1930"s (right before the worse of the Great Depression) on a hilly farm estate about 15 miles north of Detroit (now part of Oakland University). The house is an extravagent English Tudor castle with 88,000 square feet. This is the fourth largest home built in US (prior to 1950); the others are:

1. Biltmore in Asheville, NC
2. Oheka Castle in Huntington, NY
3. Winterthur in Delaware

by the way, the White House ranks #9 in size.

Although Meadow Brook is often thought of as the Dodge Mansion, it was actually built by Dodge's widow after she sold Dodge Motor for $40 million + (in 1930 $S). She and her second husband lived there; he had been a lumber executive, and the castle makes extensive use of wood paneling throughout.

The tour I did was about 90 minutes long, but I wish I could have seen more and stayed longer. The castle, itself, was outstanding, but the tour was a bit of a disappointment. The tour and rooms visited are really set up for a tour group of no more than 10 or 15, but our group was about 25. It was very difficult to see and hear. Furthermore, our tour guide was a disappointment. He was nice and friendly (maybe a college student at Oakland U?), but was not that knowledgeable and could not answer many questions. If the tour guides are students and not experts, it would be great if there was more signage and identification.

I would rate the place itself as Excellent and the tour as Poor, resulting in an overall Average rating. I might try re-visiting it again to enjoy this wonderful place with a better tour guide.

Besides the house, you can wander the grounds and look into the playhouse (but you can't see much). There is a gift shop, but no where to eat here.
Written January 6, 2012
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FloridaBeaches_10
michigan45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A docent leads you to beyond wealthy lifestyle. Shares stories and hidden nooks and crannies. The Holiday decorated walk through is breath taking. Adjacent golf course is rated one of the best in the area. Close to Rochester with upscale and independent boutiques. Lots to visit and do in the area.
Written January 13, 2012
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