Must See Museums In Detroit – Opportunity Detroit

Must-See Museums in Detroit

Detroit is on the radar now and more and more people from other states and countries are coming to visit. The city is so rich and vibrant, but there’s no denying some of our most precious gems are inside our museums. Detroit has a number of top-rated museums from Art & Science to Culture & Music – you name it, there’s something for everyone!  Here are just a few must-see museums that are great for all ages.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

The DIA was founded in 1885 and is known to have one of the best art collections in the United States. I’m always taken aback by the architecture alone. As a native of Detroit, I would suggest entering at the front of the building (Woodward Ave. entrance) to capture the view. Then take in Diego Rivera’s breathtaking 27-panel fresco painting that models the Ford Rouge Plant called Detroit Industry. The DIA has a large collection that ranges from ancient periods to Vincent van Gogh’s Self -Portrait, to modern art exhibitions and so much more. The DIA boasts a diverse collection American, African, Asian and European art. So if you’re an art lover like me, this is a must-visit.

Admission: Free for residents of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties; Adults: $14; Seniors: $9; Youth (6-17): $6; and children (5 and under): free

Location: Midtown Detroit

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday – Wednesday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Thursday 9:00 a.m. –  8:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

More info can be found at Dia.org.

 

Detroit Historical Museum 

Want to know about 300 years of Detroit history? Then round up the family and take a visit to Detroit Historical Museum. This museum is well known for its signature exhibit that showcases a replica of Streets of Old Detroit (complete with cobblestone streets!). See how a car is assembled and learn how Detroit became the “Arsenal of Democracy” when America needed to step up on the world stage. From Tiger Stadium memorabilia to music memories, there are a lot of iconic elements to behold.

Admission: Free (donations are welcomed and appreciated)

Location: Midtown Detroit

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202

Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday— Friday 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and Saturday — Sunday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

More info can be found at DetroitHistorical.org.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

“The Wright” was founded in 1965 by a beloved doctor by the name of Charles H. Wright. This is one of my favorite museums in Detroit because it is so rich. This museum is one of the largest African American museums in the country and contains roughly 30,000 artifacts and archives! If you’re looking to enjoy and learn about the African American experience and culture, this is the place to be. Engaging events ranging from book signing, small film festivals, and other great productions happen year-round. I recommend the exhibition, And Still We Rise: The African American Journey – it’s a must see!

Admission: Adults (13-61): $8; Seniors (62 +): $5; Youth (3-12): $5; and Members and Children under 3: Free

Location: Midtown Detroit

315 Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

More info can be found at TheWright.org.

 

Michigan Science Center

If you want hands-on experiences for kids or the big kid in you, go to the Michigan Science Center. This fun zone is full of exploration, innovative thinking, and live shows. The Chrysler Science Stage hosts a live, interactive show that showcases physics and chemistry. Don’t forget about visiting the planetarium, take the little ones to Kids Town, and explore the Spark!Lab with the family.

Admission: Adult: $14; Children (12 and under) and Seniors $11; Children under 2: Free

Packages are available.

Location: Midtown Detroit

5020 John R. St, Detroit, MI 48202

Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday Noon – 5:00 p.m.

More info can be found at Mi-Sci.org.

 

Motown Historical Museum Hitsville U.S.A.

The iconic sound of Motown greats such as The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, and Diana Ross – just to name few – all made their mark in this historic building with Berry Gordy! This was known as Motown’s first headquarters established in 1959. This museum was founded by Ester Gordy Edwards in 1985 to preserve the legacy of Motown Records. It holds a number of precious artifacts, photographs and memorabilia such as Michael Jackson’s sequined glove! So if you love the Motown Sound, make sure to get a picture in front of Hitsville U.S.A.

Admission: Adults: $15; Seniors (62+) $10; Youth (5-17 years old) $10; Children (4 and under) and Members are Free

Location: Near New Center

2648 West Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208

Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

More info can be found at MotownMuseum.org.

Museum of Contemporary Arts (MOCAD)

 The MOCAD began in 1995 by Marsha Miro and Susanne Hillber, who both wanted to expose Detroit to contemporary art. This museum is always hosting great events ranging from poetry slams, free yoga classes, and exhibiting new collections! Be sure to take a load off at Café 78 located right inside and enjoy a baked good or espresso.

Admission: Suggested $5 donation

Location: Midtown Detroit

4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

Hours: Closed Mondays & Tuesdays. Open Wednesday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and Saturday – Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

More info can be found at Mocadetroit.com

Dabls Mbad African Bead Museum 

This museum was started 16 years ago by Olayami Dabls who wanted to share with the community the power of African heritage with outdoor installations of color, glass and beading. The aesthetics are beautiful inside and out with the African Bead Gallery, N’kisi House and African Language Wall.

Admission: Free

Location: 6559 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48204

Hours: Open Monday – Saturday Noon – 7:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

More info can be found at Mbad.org.

These are just a few of the must-see museums in the Motor City. Whether hanging out with family and friends or experiencing some culture on a solo tour, there’s something for everyone!

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