History Comes Alive in Detroit

If you are looking for cultural insight and an inspirational experience during your next vacation, you have come to the right place. Spend a long afternoon wandering through the halls of one of Detroit’s many wonderful museums, and learn about the history and future of Motor City while doing so.


1. Motown Historical Museum

Music buffs can taste the inspiration when they step into the famed Studio A, where beloved artists Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, and more all got their start. Nicknamed “Hitsville U.S.A.”, Detroit is a musical powerhouse that you’d be remiss not to check out.

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2. Detroit Institute of Arts

Home to one of the best art collections in the world, a trip to Detroit Institute of Arts is a must-do. Feel the can-do spirit of the city here, in 2014 the entire collection was almost sold to pay for the city’s debt before donors saved the collection and kept the museum intact. Visitors are stunned with Picassos, shiny suits of armor, and more. 

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3. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

While most museums offer the opportunity to look into the past, the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit focuses on the now, and the future. Art knows no bounds and takes on the form of visual, literary, musical, and even theatrical representations. Located in the exciting Midtown neighborhood, bring an open mind to this museum and explore to your heart’s content.

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4. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Learn about and celebrate African American history and culture with a trip to this museum, a part of the Detroit community since 1965. Visitors will get the chance to see over 35,000 artifacts and art pieces, including the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, and more. The museum is also hosts events open to the public, including concerts, film screenings, and lectures, so be sure to take a look at their calendar to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

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5. Detroit Historical Museum

Everyone has heard of Detroit’s gleaming past as an industrial powerhouse, but visitors of the Detroit Historical Museum will know so much more after just one visit. You will leave this museum and explore the city with a brand-new lens, after learning the history of the auto assembly line, the 19th century shops, and the fur trading business that put Detroit on the map.

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6. The Henry Ford Museum

More than one million travelers visit The Henry Ford Museum each year, drawn in by the grand collection of Mr. Henry Ford. Once the largest collector of Americana, visitors are granted the rare opportunity to view classic American art, watches, inventions, and more at this historical and educational museum.

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