About the Museum


The Dearborn Historical Museum was founded in 1950 to preserve the history of Dearborn and its citizens. It started off with the Detroit Arsenal Commandant’s Quarters, Dearborn’s oldest building on its original location, which was used as a military head quarters from 1833-1875. Today, visitors can tour the building  furnished as it was in the 19th century to learn about life during the period, as well as exhibits about Dearborn’s military history.


3059200_origTo Learn More About the Commandant’s Quarters Click Here.

The McFadden Ross House, which once served as the Detroit Arsenal Powder Magazine, was constructed in 1839. After the arsenal was shut down in 1875, the building was bought by the Ross family, who used it as a home until it was donated to the city of Dearborn to be used as a museum. Today the Ross House holds a large collection of items from the Ross family pertaining to daily life in Dearborn, as well as housing the museums local history and genealogy archives. We offer guided tours of the buildings, where you can learn about pioneer settlers in the Dearborn area, and view exhibit about Dearborn history.


To Learn More About the Detroit Arsenal at Dearborn Click Here.

In 1996, the museum added the Richard Gardner House to its campus. The Gardner’s moved to the Dearborn area in the early pioneer days, making them one of the first families to settle here. The museum is happy to have the oldest standing home in Dearborn as an attraction.


To Learn More About the Gardner House Click Here.

The main museum office is located at 915 Brady Street. We are just off of Michigan Avenue on the north side as you enter West Dearborn. As soon as you pass Andiamo’s Restaurant, make a right on Brady Street. From there you can visit two of our three locations and the Commandant’s Quarters is just a short walk away.

Museum Hours

-Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Commandant’s Quarters at Michigan and Monroe

-Tuesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
-Wednesday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
-Thursdays 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
-Or By Appointment
-Weekends during the Summer (check our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/dearbornhistoricalmuseum)

-Tuesday 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
-Thursdays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
-Or By Appointment

Museum Location
915 Brady Street
Dearborn, MI 48124

Free but donations are cheerfully accepted.

Call (313) 565-3000 for more information and volunteer opportunities.

Follow us on Twitter @DearbornHMuseum
and on Instagram at dearbornhistoricalmuseum

8 thoughts on “About the Museum”

  1. I was born in Dearborn in one of the Ford homes @ 22727 Nona on May 15 1925.I attended the Southwestern school (now Duvall ) and Edison School and Dearborn High in Dearborn, graduating in 1943 , so many memories of this wonderful town I would like to share some of them along with the memories of my Grandfather Clarence Parker who was president of fhe city counsel for many years He lived on Olmstead street in the Sears Roebuck home Please let me know just how and where I could do this. My Husband of 68 yrs is Don Grunewald and we are presently in Florida for 6 Months and 6 momths in Port Sanilac Michigan My address is 240 Lewis Circle #413 Punta Gorda Florida 33950 My maiden name was Barbara Travers Michigan address is P.O.Box 79 Port Sanilac MIchigan48469 thank you!!

    1. Hi Barbara,
      We hope this finds you well. We just wanted to check in and let you know we emailed you about your post here and we would be honored to take an oral history from you. When you are in the area if this is something you would like to do, please call us at 313-565-3000. We are looking forward to speaking with you.
      Our Best Wishes,
      The DHM

  2. lets get real with Dearborn history,;…Photos of Eddie Slovaks home,grave military pics
    the only man shot for cowardice in WW2, also Evangeline Cote, and Dahlinger, its time for the truth!

    its 2018, come on ,people need all sides of history, or as Ford would say “history is bunk”

  3. Dear Sir, I am an auctioneer in NC and an attorney friend of mine contacted me about an estate she needed to sell. Although we could not help the attorney, the lawyer sold the estate but then sent me a box of old photos that I had expressed an interest in which apparently did not sell. I was going through them tonight and found a 1939 and a 1941 yearbook from Dearborn High School along with a lot of other period photos. I don’t want to just throw them out – I am trying to find someone who could do honor to this woman’s memory – would you be interested in them? Reply and let me know where to send them and I will mail them to you if you will respect and preserve them.

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