Welcome to Applewood

Whether you’re here to tour the house and gardens or explore on your own, we hope you enjoy your experience and learn something new about the Mott family legacy. Please read the items below to plan a successful visit. Due to the size of the estate, your visit may include a significant amount of walking over a variety of uneven terrain, such as paved and gravel walkways, grassy areas, and up and down hills.

Family walks by house
Person photographs yellow tulips

Plan Your Visit

To ensure the safety of guests, staff, and volunteers, Applewood has the following protocols in place:

Face Coverings
All visitors over the age of 2 must wear a face mask at all times at Applewood. You will not be permitted on site without a face covering. Visitors are required to bring a mask and wear it according to Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) guidelines.

  • Mask must reach above the nose, below the chin, and completely cover the mouth and nose.
  • Mask must fit snugly against the sides of the face.
  • Vent masks are not permitted.
  • Face shields are not a substitute for masks but may be worn in conjunction with a mask.

Physical Distancing
Physical distancing is required; visitors should keep at least 6 feet of space between yourself and others outside your party. Applewood buildings may be closed and/or building capacities may be limited. Restrooms have occupancy limits and some may not be open at the time of your visit.

Keeping Everyone Safe
Staff and volunteers are screened daily before entering Applewood. Please stay home if you are feeling sick.

Restrooms and frequently touched surfaces are regularly cleaned but we cannot guarantee that visitors won’t be exposed to COVID-19 while visiting Applewood.

Help prevent the spread of germs by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and by not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Please use the hand sanitizer that is provided in locations around the estate.

Inherent Risk
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present. The Ruth Mott Foundation cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 or any other illness during your visit. Guests visit at their own risk of exposure.


Applewood parking is located at the intersection of Robert T. Longway Boulevard and Kearsley Street. Look for the large brick APPLEWOOD sign. It is located east of the property, near the Longway Boulevard entrance to Mott Community College.

The brick Applewood sign near the parking lot entrance

Gate Greeters at Applewood

Greeters are at each of Applewood's entrance gates.

Applewood is accessible through two gates, one located off our Applewood parking lot (Gate #3), and the other off of Kearsley Street at Walnut Street (Gate #1). Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a greeter who can answer questions and help direct you for your visit.

If it is your first time visiting, guests are encouraged to watch a welcome video and explore The Motts of Applewood exhibit in the historic garage.

Applewood is open rain or shine; however, if dangerous weather occurs, Applewood will close temporarily or for the remainder of the day. If Applewood closes, information will be posted on our website home page, Facebook page, and at the property’s gates.

Most Applewood programming occurs outdoors. Please dress according to the weather. 

We are committed to continually reviewing and expanding accessibility for visitors. If you have a comment or request related to accessibility, please check the link below for more information.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own food and drink to Applewood to enjoy during a visit. Please, no glass bottles. There are benches and tables located throughout the estate available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no restaurants or food service available on site.

Food and drink are not permitted inside any historic buildings.

Staff and board members enjoy the covered seating area

The covered seating area is a great place to sit and enjoy a brown bag lunch.

Help us preserve Applewood as a community resource by not touching museum objects and by not leaning or climbing on doors and walls. The objects in our gardens are also historic, and we ask visitors to please not stand or sit on statuary, fountains, gates, or railings. To preserve our historic landscape, please refrain from climbing trees and entering garden/vegetative beds. Please do not pick fruits or vegetables unless offered by a staff member.

Frequently Asked Questions About Tours

No! Guests are welcome to come to Applewood at any time during regular open hours, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Visitors can explore the grounds and exhibits, participate in programming, take a Walking Garden Tour at 12:30 p.m., and more without a reservation.

Guided House Tours
On Thursday, Fridays, and Saturdays, reservations are required for Guided House Tours. Group sizes are limited to eight guests. We cannot guarantee spots without a reservation. Make a tour reservation here. You can explore our Virtual Tour online at any time.

Large Group Tours
Reservations are required for Guided House & Garden Tours for large groups of nine to 60 guests. To get more information about Group Tours, email our visitor experience team or make a Group Tour reservation here. Group Tour reservations must be made at least one month in advance of tour date.

Self-Guided House Tours
Self-guided tours of the historic house are available without reservations on Sundays from 1-4 p.m.

Garden Tours
Walking Garden Tours are available at 12:30 p.m. every open day. No reservation is needed.

A group takes a walking garden tour through the rose garden

Guided, interactive tours of the house and gardens are approximately 45-60 minutes long and are walking intensive.

Guided House Tours
Due to space constraints in the house, tours are limited to eight people. Children of all ages, including babies and toddlers, are welcome on tours and count toward the total number permitted on a tour.

Group Tours
For groups of nine to 60 people, please email our visitor experience team to build a custom experience or make a Group Tour reservation here. Group tour reservations must be made at least one month in advance of tour date.

Garden Tours
Reservations are not required for Walking Garden Tours but are limited to the first 25 guests. Guests may come and go as they please during this tour.

Reservations for tours can be made on our website or by calling 810.280.7313.

Arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled tour time to allow for parking and check-in at Visitor Services. Individuals and groups who arrive after their scheduled tour begins may be asked to reschedule. Late arrival may result in forfeiture of tour spots.

A group on a Guided House Tour

Policies and Guidelines

Guests who visit Applewood are welcome to take photographs and video for their personal use, including social media. If you have a special request for photography inside the house, permission is required and permitted on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the Director of Collections & Education for more information. Drone use is not permitted at Applewood.

Amateur photography is permitted on the grounds provided all guidelines for the property are followed. Any breach will result in the end of photo sessions.

Professional photography sessions, including for weddings, engagements, senior photos, and other similar occasions, are not permitted at Applewood.

Pets are not allowed at Applewood. Only service animals are permitted. Visit our Accessibility page for service animal guidelines.

While at Applewood, please respect any wildlife you may encounter and keep a safe distance. *Bee* cautious as Applewood is home to many pollinators that may cause allergic reactions in people.

Applewood's Bee Hotel

Applewood's Bee Hotel

Applewood serves as an inspiration to artists of many media.

Painting and Drawing
Artists may not set up inside any buildings. Visitors may sketch and paint outdoors; no sprayed materials, permanent markers, or electrical tools are permitted. Applewood reserves the right to prohibit any materials staff deem unsafe for the public, estate, or historic collections. Art materials may not be left unattended. Paint and waste products may not be discarded or cleaned on site at Applewood, either in bathrooms or on the grounds. For these materials, Applewood is a pack-in, pack-out location.

Professional Images at Applewood
Professional photographers, videographers, and artists must make special arrangements through Applewood’s Director of Estate Operations to work on site. A permission form must be completed, signed, and approved before work may begin. Written guidelines will be provided and must be followed. Drone use is not permitted. Professional photography sessions, including for weddings, engagements, senior photos, and other similar occasions, are not permitted at Applewood.

Every visitor to Applewood Estate is advised that there are inherent risks and dangers involved with visiting the property which could result in bodily injury, property damage, or other harm. These risks and dangers can make walking, using a wheelchair, or being a passenger in a golf cart difficult. As a result, visitors must remain aware of their surroundings at all times and act safely and responsibly during the course of their visit.

During your visit to Applewood Estate, you voluntarily assume the risk of any loss, property damage, or personal injury by accident or otherwise that may be sustained by you and your guests. You further agree that the Ruth Mott Foundation is not responsible or liable for any injury, loss, property damage, or other harm caused by the action, inaction or negligence of you, a visitor, or any other party during the course of your visit.

Any minor 16 years old or under is not allowed to enter the estate unless accompanied by an adult (someone 17 or older).

Applewood is not available for weddings, fundraisers, or private gatherings. Grantee partners may contact their program officer or Applewood’s Director of Collections & Education for convening requests.

Your rights are waived to any images and/or recordings you may appear in while at Applewood and any/all related promotional or documentary materials.

Smoking in any form, including vaping, is not permitted on site at Applewood at any time. Alcohol is not permitted for guests visiting Applewood. Applewood is a drug free site.