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.
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.
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.
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.
-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
915 Brady Street
Dearborn, MI 48124
Renting the Museum
If you are looking for a unique setting to host your next event, consider the McFadden-Ross House. We have hosted weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, retirement parties and we are open to talking to you about any kind of event you might have planned. The fee to rent out the McFadden-Ross House is $75 per hour for a minimum of 3 hours. Give us a call and we would be happy to talk to you about the possibilities. Make your next event something very special.
Free but donations are cheerfully accepted.
Call (313) 565-3000 for more information and volunteer opportunities.