Detroit may not be the first city that comes to mind when thinking about museums, but did you know that the city has one of the nation’s largest art collections? We have museums that you won’t find anywhere else, including the Motown Museum and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. Read on to see what museums in Detroit you must visit (or even visit again if you’ve already found them)!
1. Detroit Institute of Arts
The DIA has over 100 galleries and is one of the largest art museums in the United States. Their collection spans from ancient Egypt to European art and contemporary American art. The building itself is a beauty and the interior with all of its precious art will amaze you.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
2. Motown Musuem
The Motown Museum was the first headquarters of Motown music. The genre brought cultural and social change, and we've seen some of the best musicians of our time thanks to Motown music. From Aretha Franklin to Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross to the Supremes, Marvin Gaye to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, Motown music is where it’s at.
The Motown Museum is located at 2648 W Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208.
3. Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was home to the first 12,000 Model T's. Over the years, the plant was abandoned and even on the verge of demolition, but today, it is an auto museum and a National Historic Landmark. People have also had their weddings at the museum!
The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is located at 461 Piquette St., Detroit, MI 48202.
4. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. There are more than 35,000 artifacts in the museum, with some of the major highlights being the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection and Harriet Tubman Museum Collection.
The Charles H Wright Museum of African American History is located at 315 E Warren Ave., Detroit, MI 48201.
5. The Henry Ford
You'll learn all there is to be known about America's vast history, the inventions that changed the world, and the people who made America the greatest nation on the planet at the Henry Ford Museum. They have over a million artifacts and it is home to both the limo John F. Kennedy was shot in as well as the Rosa Parks bus. The Henry Ford also has an outdoor museum called Greenfield Village that will make you feel like you stepped back in time.
The Henry Ford is located at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn, MI 48124.
6. Dossin Great Lakes Museum
The Dossin Great Lakes Museum showcases the importance of the Great Lakes and the Detroit River and how vital they were and continue to be for the city and state.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum is located at 100 Strand Dr., Detroit, MI 48207.
7. Detroit Historical Museum
We couldn't build this list without mentioning the Detroit Historical Museum, which is dedicated to all things Detroit. Learn a thing or two about this great city and the people who helped create a better Detroit.
The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202.
Do you have a favorite museum in Detroit? Is there a museum in the city that we missed on this list? Let us know in the comment section below!
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