Detroit November 09, 2021
by Sophie Boudreau 6 Little Known Museums In And Around Detroit Where Admission Is Free
Are you eager to explore some of the most marvelous free museums in Detroit? While the Motor City and its surrounding areas are home to plenty of amazing attractions and historical sites, nothing beats the experience of wandering through a unique museum. If you’re hoping to visit some of these underrated spots without breaking the bank, read on — we’ve got a list of museums with free admission in Metro Detroit.
1. Dossin Great Lakes Museum
If you’re interested in maritime history, particularly the role that Michigan has played, you’ll have a blast exploring the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. While admission to the museum itself is free, you’ll need to pay a small fee to enter Belle Isle and a suggested donation of $5 is appreciated. From insight into the Detroit River to remnants of former Great Lakes vessels, there’s so much to explore here.
Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 The Strand, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
2. Belle Isle Nature Center
Since you’ll already be on Belle Isle to appreciate the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, why not make it a two-for-one by visiting the Belle Isle Nature Center? This fascinating and truly family-friendly locale is the perfect place to learn more about local flora and fauna while making lasting memories. Admission to the nature center and the experiences you’ll have here are genuinely priceless.
Belle Isle Nature Center, 176 Lakeside Dr, Detroit, MI 48207, USA
3. Detroit Institute of Arts
The beloved DIA might not fit under the umbrella of "little known" museums, but we still wanted to include it on our list for those who might not realize that they can enter for free. That’s right: this world-class collection of art, historical artifacts, and more offers free admission to residents of Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb Counties. If you live nearby and have yet to stroll through the DIA, be sure to schedule a visit.
Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
4. University of Michigan Museum of Art
The University of Michigan Museum of Art, also known as UMMA, might not be the most familiar museum to those who call Detroit home -- but trust us when we say it’s well worth a visit. Admission to UMMA is always free, regardless of where you live, and the exhibits here are nothing short of brilliant. With a wide selection of international art collections and plenty of special events every year, there’s loads to love.
University of Michigan Museum of Art, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
5. Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
If you’ve spent time in Ann Arbor, you might have passed this unique museum without a second thought. After your adventure at the UMMA, head across the street and step inside the Kelsey Museum, which boasts a collection of more than 100,000 artifacts from around the world and throughout history. Whether it’s your first visit or your 50th, this free museum promises to show you something new and fascinating.
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, 434 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
6. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum
For those who are seeking something a bit out of the norm, Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills is an absolute must-see. This quirky and eclectic spot is overflowing with everything from arcade games to animatronic toys to colorful memorabilia -- and you’ll be immersed in a world of childlike glee as you make your way through. Admission to Marvin’s is free, but you might want to try your hand at a coin-operated game or snag a few snacks before making your way through the bustling building.
Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum, Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, MI, USA
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