Along with sunshine and flowers, Meadow Brook Hall will welcome several special events and favorite tours to its lineup this spring. The National Historic Landmark will host a Pre-Mother’s Day Luncheon, several new dates for the ever-popular Downton Abbey-inspired Servant’s Life Tour, and will once again offer the Guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour on weekends.
“Spring is such a wonderful season to visit Meadow Brook Hall and we are very excited to host an engaging collection of events and tours,” said Shannon O’Berski, Director of External Relations.
“Some of our favorite events have returned and our tour options will provide something for everyone, whether it’s your first visit or hundred and first.”
Spring Events at Meadow Brook
Treat your mother to an exquisite three-course Pre-Mother’s Day luncheon. This lovely lunch will include wine service as well as live musical entertainment, a self-guided tour of the historic mansion and a flower for Mom.
The event is set for Friday, May 6, in Meadow Brook’s beautiful Christopher Wren Dining Room. Tickets are $75 in advance or $67.50 for Meadow Brook members and are available at meadowbrookhall.org/mothersday.
Explore the secret lives of the downstairs staff with Meadow Brook Hall’s Servant’s Life Tour, inspired by the popular show and film series Downton Abbey. Complete your experience with tea and scones in the Servant’s Dining Room and take home a special gift.
Servant’s Life Tours are available at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15. Tickets are $45 each or $41.50 for Meadow Brook members and are available at meadowbrookhall.org/servantslife.
More to Explore with Guided Tours
Visitors are invited to learn more about the estate and the people who lived and worked here in the twentieth century through our two guided tours:
- The House Tour takes visitors on a journey through the three main living levels of the historic mansion with a knowledgeable docent guide. Learn the incredible story of the pioneering Dodge and Wilson families and marvel at the grand spaces and beautiful details that makes Meadow Brook unique. Tours begin every half hour from 11:00a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m.,1:30 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
- The Guided Behind-The-Scenes tour takes visitors on a journey to rarely-seen areas of Meadow Brook, including staff wings, bathrooms, closets, playrooms and even the China Vault that includes vintage liquor from the Prohibition-era. The tour will run at 1 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning Saturday, April 9.
Admission prices for both guided tours are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $7 for children aged 6-12 and $3 for Museums for All participants. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available online in advance at meadowbrookhall.org/tickets.
Meadow Brook Hall is fully self-supporting, relying on touring and special events for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark. For more information, call (248) 364-6200 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.
Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival style architecture in America, and is especially renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale of 88,000 square-feet. It was the center of a country estate that included 1,500 acres, numerous farm buildings, recreational facilities, several residences and formal gardens. Named a National Historic Landmark in 2012, Meadow Brook Hall strives to preserve and interpret its architecture, landscape, and fine and decorative art so that visitors may be entertained, educated and inspired by history. Meadow Brook Hall is located in Rochester, Mich. on the campus of Oakland University.