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Alfred and Matilda

A National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home of Oakland University’s founders Matilda Dodge Wilson and Alfred Wilson. 

Anticipating a need for higher education in Oakland County, Matilda and Alfred Wilson donated their 1,400-acre estate and $2 million dollars to start Michigan State University – Oakland, which later became Oakland University by the time the first class graduated in 1963!

Today, Meadow Brook operates as a self-sustaining museum and hub for community events. Just like the Wilson Family, Meadow Brook welcomes students of OU to the Great Estate.

Four Students walk into the English Garden

OU Students Tour free!

Current students of Oakland University tour for free for our Guided & Self-Guided House Tours, and Guided Behind-the-Scenes Tours.

Guided and Self-Guided House Tours take visitors through the three main living levels of the historic mansion. Learn the incredible story of the pioneering Dodge and Wilson families and marvel at the grand spaces and beautiful details that make Meadow Brook unique.

Oakland University ID must be presented at time of ticket redemption. Please book your tickets in advance.

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Study, Meet, and Wander Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook’s beautiful grounds and gardens are always free to students during business hours, no ticket necessary. Bring a friend, a picnic, or a nice book and wander the wonderful sights of Meadow Brook. 

OU classes, student clubs, and events can be held at the Great Estate! Host an event in the library surrounded by hundreds of historical books or in the grand Ballroom equipped with a movie projector and stunning stained glass windows. Whether it’s a club event or an everyday meeting, elevate your occasion and have it at Meadow Brook today!

Meadow Brook is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact to plan an event.

Student Volunteer and Employment Opportunities

Are you interested in working at a National Historic Landmark? Do you enjoy community history and sharing stories of the past? Volunteer and work at Meadow Brook today!

Join the volunteer community and receive museum training, educational opportunities, and discounts on community events. Volunteers can apply here.

All Meadow Brook employment opportunities are posted on Handshake.

Apply today

Oakland University Graduates Oakland University Discounts

Oakland University graduates are welcome to take graduation photos at the Great Estate for free! Please contact for more information.

Are you engaged and looking to plan your dream wedding at Meadow Brook? All Oakland University Students and Alumni get 10% off the Exclusive Use Evening wedding rental rate! Find out more about weddings at Meadow Brook at meadowbrookhall.org/weddings/

The Holidays at Meadow Brook

Students at Meadow Brook's Winter Wonder Lights

Come for the Holidays at Meadow Brook to see the estate decked out in holiday splendor! OU Students get FREE admission to the dazzling Holiday Walk and Winter Wonder Lights event experiences.

By day, our  annual Holiday Walk visitors walk through the historic mansion decked in shimmering splendor, while Winter Wonder Lights transforms the estate at night into a breathtaking light show.

Holidays At Meadow Brook

On select OU Days and Nights, Oakland University staff, faculty, alumni and their guests get a discounted holiday ticket – this includes guests of students! Visit meadowbrookhall.org/ouholidays for more details!

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For more information about Meadow Brook, please call (248) 364-6220 or complete our contact form.