Cost:Adults $15; Seniors $10; Children (12 and under) free
about Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens:
Meadow Brook Hall is the fourth largest historic house museum in the country and is especially known for its fine craftsmanship, architectural detailing, and grand scale. Built between 1926 and 1929 as the residence of Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of auto pioneer John Dodge) and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred G. Wilson, the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot, Tudor-revival style mansion is complete with vast collections of original art and furnishings.
In 1957, the Wilson family left its residence and art collections - along with the estate's 1,500 acres and $2 million - to found what is now Oakland University.
Meadow Brook Hall is open to the public for tours year-round - hours vary by season. The venue's gardens are also open to the public (for free) year-round, but the best viewing months are spring through fall.
A museum shop sells books, postcards, t-shirts, and unique gift items like tea sets and garden sets representing the many gardens on the Meadow Brook Hall grounds. Each year, the Hall is host to many prestigious events, such as the Concours d'Elegance, the Holiday Walk, and the most elegant weddings and corporate events around.
Tours of the site are best suited for older children - in fact, strollers and large bags must be checked at the Visitor Services desk.
Located on the campus of Oakland University, located at Walton and Adams. From I-75, take University Drive (exit 79) then go east to Squirrel Road, where Oakland University's main entrance is located. Turn left on Squirrel, right at Walton Boulevard, and right at Adams Road. Turn right at the east entrance to Oakland University's campus and follow the signs to Meadow Brook Hall. From M-59, take the Adams Road North exit. Go north on Adams Road, turn left onto the campus of Oakland University, and follow the signs to Meadow Brook Hall.