Detroit Museums & History
Detroit’s rich and varied history is reflected in its multitude of nicknames. Motor City and Motown are the best known because the Automobile Capital of the World played a vital role in the industrial revolution as well as the music industry. But that is not all the city is about! Learn about the D’s many contributions to the history of America and its culture at these top museums.
What better place to begin learning about the city than the Detroit Historical Society
? As indicated by the name, this prominent building in the heart of the Cultural Center Historic District dedicates its space to the preservation and education of Detroit’s history–from the early fur trade to the revolutionizing automobile assembly lines.
Address: 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 - MAP
Phone: (313) 833-1805
View constantly changing galleries of inspiring works at the Museum of Contemporary Art
of Detroit, a leading art museum that displays unique pieces reflecting the forefront of contemporary culture. Every visit promises something new; this non-collecting museum strives to bring the best local and national pieces to Detroit for public enjoyment.
Address: 4454 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 832-6622
Music lovers should make sure to stop by Motown Museum
, located in the famous Hitsville U.S.A. studio. As the former headquarters of the Motown Records Corporation, this popular tourist destination is one of the best museums dedicated to the history of the music industry. See what earned Detroit its Motown moniker!
Address: 2648 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208 - MAP
Phone: (313) 875-2264
Learn about the role the waterways played in shaping Detroit and vice versa at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum
in Belle Isle Park. This special interest maritime museum outlines the history of ships and water travel along the Great Lakes and the Detroit River. You’ll be able to get up close to artifacts from the 1800s as you explore this ship-themed building.
Address: 100 Strand Dr., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 833-5538
Have your breath taken away as you walk through the 100 galleries of the Detroit Institute of Arts
. This enormous art museum houses one of the largest and most significant collections in the country with over 65,000 permanent pieces valued at more than one million dollars, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to top contemporary works.
Address: 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 - MAP
Phone: (313) 833-7900
Come by the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
, the largest institution in the world dedicated solely to the African American experience, for a chance to learn about the past and see historical items while simultaneously exploring the modern-day culture and growth within the African American community.
Address: 315 E Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201 - MAP
Phone: (313) 494-5808
Dispel any misconceptions you may have about Arab Americans and other minorities at the Arab American National Museum
. The first and only museum in the country dedicated to Arab American culture and history, this center was created to enhance knowledge about this community. Learn about the Arab civilization’s contributions to global culture as well as the Arab experience in America.
Address: 13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI 48126 - MAP
Phone: (313) 582-2266
Learn about an unforgettably tragic time in history at the Holocaust Memorial Center
, America’s first museum devoted to the memory of the Holocaust. Opened in 1984, this museum displays maps, posters, photographs and artifacts outlining the culture and history of Jews in Europe before, during and after the Holocaust. The HMC is also dedicated to honoring those who, both in the past and today, have risked their own lives to help their fellow human beings.
Address: 28123 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334 - MAP
Phone: (248) 553-2400
Learn a little about the history of fun at Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
in Farmington. Besides his fondness for alliteration, Marvin also has a strong affection for vintage coin-operated machines. This unusual, unique museum exhibits his vast collection of everything from arcade games to mechanical dummies and many other oddities.
Address: 31005 Orchard Lake Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334 - MAP
Phone: (248) 626-5020
The Henry Ford
Address: 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124 - MAP
Phone: (313) 982-6001
Belle Isle Conservancy
Address: 8109 East Jefferson, Detroit 48214 - MAP
Phone: (313) 331-7760