What is the best museum in Detroit

Motown Museum

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Motown Museum

The building where it all began is fittingly now a monument to the magic of Motown. Famously started with an $800 loan from his family, Berry Gordy’s Motown Records became one of the world’s favorite labels, and you can celebrate it all in this museum started by his sister in 1985. Tours include Berry’s apartment, the label’s offices, rooms of memorabilia, and even the legendary Studio A.

Motown Museum, 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 875 2264

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

Set inside an old, abandoned car dealership, the repurposed industrial setting of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is perfect for reflecting not only the city but also the art on display. With no permanent collection, aside from maybe the graffiti outside, the art is always changing, and there are musical, literary and artistic events too, as well as educational programming. Admission is “pay what you can.”

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, 4454 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 832 6622

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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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Founded in 1965 by Dr. Charles Wright, the Wright Museum exists to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life, and culture of African American people. It’s home to over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials and also features the largest exhibition on African American history in the world.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 494 5800

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Detroit Historical Museum

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The primary museum from the Detroit Historical Society has been around in one form or another since 1928 when it occupied a single room in a downtown skyscraper. Since then, it has grown significantly, with exhibits depicting over 300 years of Detroit history, demonstrating how it evolved from a French fur trading post into a major industrial center.

Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 833 1805

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Dossin Great Lakes Museum

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Dossin Great Lakes Museum

Another free museum from the Detroit Historical Society, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle is dedicated to telling the story of the Great Lakes and the region’s rich maritime history. Permanent exhibits include a bow anchor from the famous SS Edmund Fitzgerald, the pilot house from a Great Lakes freighter, and a restored smoking lounge from the SS City of Detroit III.

Dossin Great Lakes Museum, 100 The Strand, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 833 5538

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Michigan Science Center (MiSci)

If you prefer your museum a bit more hands-on, MiSci is a far more interactive experience, with live stage shows, a 4D theater, and lab activities and exhibitions with which to get involved. There’s also an IMAX® theatre, a planetarium, and After Dark events for those over the age of 21 to enjoy the museum with a drink or two.

Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI, USA, +1 313 577 8400

Arab American National Museum

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Arab American National Museum

The Dearborn area has the greatest concentration of people of Arab descent in the U.S., so it’s a fitting place for the country’s only museum dedicated to Arab Americans. Its collection is broken into art and artifacts documenting experiences of coming to America, making an impact here, and preserving heritage.

Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, USA, +1 313 582 2266

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