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 Meadow Brook Hall is an 88,000-square-foot historical  home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson.

Meadow Brook Hall is an 88,000-square-foot historical home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson.

Photo by Christian Kettenbei, provided by Meadow Brook Hall


Meadow Brook Hall offers reduced admission to low-income families

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published January 21, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — Families who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits can spend the day at Meadow Brook Hall for a reduced admission price, thanks to a program called Museums for All.

Museums for All is a national program that offers those receiving food assistance free or reduced admission to nearly 30 Michigan museums and over 250 museums across the country.

Shannon O’Berski, the marketing and communications manager for Meadow Brook Hall, said the museum recently joined Museums for All in an effort to encourage people of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum-going habits.

“We felt that it was important to make Meadow Brook Hall accessible to everybody, even those who might not necessarily be able to afford it,” she said.

The program at Meadow Brook Hall supports individuals receiving food assistance with a SNAP electronic benefits transfer card by offering reduced admission of $3 per person for up to four people for daily house tours, behind the scenes tours and walking estate tours. The regular tour rate is $15 for adults.

Geoff Upward, the executive director of Meadow Brook Hall, said Museums for All is a wonderful program that places Meadow Brook Hall in company with some of the most progressive museums around the country.

“As a National Historic Landmark, we are committed to preserving the estate and sharing the pioneering legacy of the Dodge and Wilson families by engaging and inspiring diverse audiences. We are proud to open our doors to the entire community and hope to welcome more people of all backgrounds throughout the year,” Upward said in a statement.

Meadow Brook Hall is a historical home built by Matilda Dodge Wilson, founder of Oakland University and widow of auto pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, Meadow Brook Hall is an example of Tudor-revival style architecture on a 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 is fully self-supporting, relying on special events such as the annual Holiday Walk for preservation and interpretation.

“Meadow Brook Hall’s mission is twofold: it’s to preserve the estate, as well as share the legacy of the Dodge and Wilson families by engaging and inspiring our audience,” O’Berski said. “The Dodge story is relatable to everybody, and I think once they get here, they’ll learn that.”

Other local museums participating in Museums for All include Cranbrook House & Gardens, 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills; the Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R. St. in Detroit; and Belle Isle Aquarium, 300 River Place Drive Suite 2800 in Detroit.

For more information about Museums for All, including a complete list of participating museums, visit musuems4all.org.

For more information about Meadow Brook Hall, call (248) 364-6200 or visit meadowbrookhall.org.

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