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“Fantastic opportunity to view art, architecture, and a lifestyle”
Review of Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Rochester
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed July 1, 2013

We really enjoyed visiting this old home. The docents give a good tour, and the facilities are breathtaking. I think the only way to view the interior is by a tour, you can't just wander about unescorted. The tour tickets are a bit pricey but the funds are used to support the facility.
The group we were on was small, and this afforded a comfortable pace. Because of the 'non-professional' administration of the facility, you have a better opportunity to see and appreciate this great building as well as the contents on display without feeling insulated or rushed.

Everything appears as the family used it, in keeping with the time period and personal utility, unlike some 'restored' facilities that take away the actual historical contents. The presentation here definitely adds to the experience.
What does detract is that this is also a learning facility, and is shared with students and local children who I'm sure appreciate the opportunity... but having small children running through areas you're told are 'off limits' can be distracting (though generally they are well behaved).
I wish I lived in the area, because there was an enticing list of events that take place here, from musical evenings, to dinners, and even film events.
I am really glad we participated in the tour, and would recommend it if you are in the area, however, there are lots of stairs in the tour, and this is not a handicapped friendly facility, nor for someone who does not enjoy walking. This is a walking tour of a grand family home and I appreciate that it was not marred with 'modernizations' to enhance accessibility (sorry, but keep that in mind if you plan on visiting.)
There is plenty of convenient and free parking as well.

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Reviewed June 18, 2013

Excellent guide, in our group there was a very very active little boy, running all over,
and the guide was very considerate and handled everyone perfect.
She treated the young children with interest and humour.
And us older ones she didn't bring the whole tour down to kindergarten.
I would definitely recommend it.
GPS sort of misguided me, and the signs were a bit confusing.
Go early.
When we got out of the 11:30 tour which ended about say 1PM ish.......... there
were a HORDE of people getting ready for the 1:30PM tour.
Wear good walking shoes.
No photos inside, a bit of a shame.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We had an intimate bridal shower in the Garden Room. Excellent views, food and service. Prior the group went on a tour of the Mansion and the guide was extremely informative. Now it is an official museum, not to be missed.

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Reviewed May 31, 2013

We had an intimate bridal shower in the Garden Room. Excellent views, food and service. Prior the group went on a tour of the Mansion and the guide was extremely informative. Now it is an official museum, not to be missed.

Thank annietc3
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

This is the third largest private residence in the U.S. we actually enjoyed this visit more than we liked the Biltmore tour. It is certainly a grand home, but it does feel like a home, and not simply a monument to someone's ego. I also like that it was built by local craftsmen. The volunteers could not have been nicer. All in all, a great visit.

Thank Larry M
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