Meadow Brook Hall

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Meadow Brook Hall
4.5
Art Galleries • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings
Friday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Annette L
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Sep 2021 • Friends
Wonderful tours with well informed and clear speaking guides. The home is operated in a very clean and respectful method that would make the original owner Matilda Dodge Wilson proud. The tours are very reasonably priced for the time and quality of information you recieve. The guests are given all the time desired to view the rooms, exquisite detailed ceiling & wall, and original custom handmade for this home furnishings and ask questions along the tour.
Written September 20, 2021
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Richard S
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Sep 2021
We had a wonderful experience at Meadow Brook. Although we had planned to spend only a couple of hours, we were there for most of the day. We took two tours — the basic guided tour and the behind the scenes guided tour. Both are worthwhile. I strongly recommend taking the basic tour first. The behind the scenes tour assumes that you have information provided in the basic tour. There is also a self-guided tour option but, if you take that approach, you will miss a lot of interesting background information provided by the very knowledgeable tour guides.

We enjoyed ourselves even though the scene was chaotic on the day we visited. There were half a dozen weddings and photo shoots that day. Throughout our tours, we kept running into wedding guests and folks on self-guided tours. I think that the administration over-scheduled the facility that day.

Besides the house, I recommend the surrounding gardens, kids houses, and garage. Each of them enhanced our experience.
Written September 20, 2021
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junebaby52
Rochester, MI113 contributions
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
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
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
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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Roadster1967
Bloomfield Hills, MI53 contributions
Each chimney differs. The mansion is huge and filled with the details ordered by the lumber baron who lived here (Horace Dodge died before the house was finished).
Written January 22, 2012
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phyllis0809
Cape Coral, FL16 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
A beautiful 100 room mansion worth touring especially at Christmas. Every room is decorated for Christmas.
Written August 19, 2018
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EReidy
180 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
It's hard to imagine you have enough wealth AND time to design a house with this much attention to detail. Ex: son's room was built with a boy in mind with a secret look out into his own room and airplane door hinges built in the age of 1920's Lindbergh worship. Pay attention to the details outside like the zodiac signs stonework on the outside of the screened porch. The Ram in the garden is THE Dodge truck ram. Don't miss the children's playhouses in the woods that you can walk inside. The Hall is beautiful to see any time of the year - the summer bonus would be the gardens; the bonus in winter is the Christmas decorations AND possibly you'll be able to hear someone play the pipe organ. If you do, make sure you stop and ask questions.
Written July 2, 2018
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M E
Rochester, MI144 contributions
Nov 2017 • Business
This is a historic mansion that is well kept and really interesting to see. I have had a few meetings in the building and have walked the building and the grounds in various seasons. I would recommend a visit during Christmas when it is fully decorated.
Written November 10, 2017
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Thank you for your thoughts! We appreciate you taking the time to write this review. We hope to see you back at Meadow Brook Hall soon.
Written November 13, 2017
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