Along with warmer weather and clear skies, Meadow Brook Hall will welcome more tour options to its lineup this spring. In addition to the Self-Guided House Tour that became available to guests over the winter, the National Historic Landmark will now offer the Guided Behind-the-Scenes Tour and the all-new Great Estate & Gardens Tour, beginning on Saturday, April 24.
“There is so much to explore at Meadow Brook Hall and we are very excited to bring more guests through our gates this spring,” said Shannon O’Berski, Director of External Relations.
“Our three tour options will provide something for everyone, whether you prefer to peruse the estate at your own pace, learn more about the hidden areas of The Hall or enjoy a stroll through our incredible gardens. On weekends, we are also opening up the remarkable playhouses—Knole Cottage and Danny’s Cabin—for guests to venture further across the estate.”
Located on the campus of Oakland University, the National Historic Landmark will be open to the public for the following:
- The Self-Guided House Tour takes visitors through all three levels of the house at their own pace with special insight from a new visitor app. It will run Fridays-Mondays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with last admittance at 3 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 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
- The all-new Guided Great Estate & Gardens Tour introduces visitors to Meadow Brook’s expansive grounds and remarkable architecture. This outdoor experience will enchant visitors of all ages with stories of how the historic home came to be. The tour will be offered at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission prices vary based on the tour and day of the week. Tickets range from $10-18 per adult, $7-13 for seniors aged 62 and over, and $5-10 for children aged 6-12. Children 5 and under are free. Tickets are available online in advance at meadowbrookhall.org/tickets.
Guest safety is Meadow Brook’s top priority. In order to protect the community, guests must wear a face covering in enclosed spaces and maintain physical distancing by staying 6 feet apart from others. For more information and updates about Meadow Brook’s response to COVID-19, visit meadowbrookhall.org/covid19.
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.