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Things to do in Detroit

Detroit's main museums lie within the Cultural District, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Motown Historical Museum. Downtown are the skyscraping Renaissance Center and the public spaces Campus Martius and Hart Plaza. Dearborn is home to The Henry Ford, celebrating this legendary US inventor and car pioneer. Bloomfield Hills holds Arts and Crafts heritage in the shape of Cranbrook House. Most museums are open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm, later at weekends.

Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Museums and Galleries

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  1. 1. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History - Museums and Galleries

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    Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    The domed Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit's Cultural District recounts the African American experience from pre-history through slavery to modern times. Displays include Stories in Stained Glass, celebrating African contributions to the USA via dance and music.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$8; concessions US$5; under 3s free

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm

    Address

    315, E Warren Avenue, Detroit 48201

    Telephone

    +1 313 494 5800

    Transport

    Bus 14

    Website

    Charles Wright Museum

  2. 2. Detroit Institute of Arts - Museums and Galleries

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    Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    One of America's largest art museums, the Detroit Institute of Arts in the Cultural District features Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural and Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait. Graphic, Native American, Oceanic, and Islamic art all feature in over 100 galleries.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$8; seniors US$6; 6-17 year olds US$4; under 6s free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Thu 10am-4pm; Fri 10am-10pm; Sat & Sun 10am-5pm

    Address

    5200, Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48202

    Telephone

    +1 313 833 7900

    Transport

    Bus 53

    Website

    Detroit Institute of Arts

  3. 3. Dossin Great Lakes Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Historical Society

    The Dossin Great Lakes Museum, on Belle Isle in the Detroit River, explores local maritime history. The museum contains the Gothic Room from the City of Detroit III, the Miss Pepsi hydroplane, and the anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Sat & Sun 11am-4pm

    Address

    100, Strand on Belle Isle, Detroit 48207

    Telephone

    +1 313 852 4051

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Dossin Great Lakes Museum

  4. 4. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit - Museums and Galleries

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    Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit. Courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

    Set in an unadorned former car dealership in Detroit's Cultural District, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD) displays the city's rawest artworks. There is a changing programme of exhibitions, such as Words Fail Me, exploring the entanglement between visual art and language.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    Wed, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm; Thu & Fri 11am-8pm

    Address

    4454, Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48201

    Telephone

    +1 313 832 6622

    Transport

    Bus: 415, 420, 445, 450, 460, 465, 475 or 495

    Website

    Museum of Contemporary Art

  5. 5. Arab American National Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Arab American National Museum, Detroit. Courtesy of Arab American National Museum, Detroit

    Detroit's Arab American National Museum is set in Dearborn, America's largest Arab American community. It documents Arab culture and contributions to American society. The Community Courtyard's fountain and ornate tiling is a backdrop to exhibits about maths and art.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$6; concessions US$3; under 6s free

    Opening hours

    Wed, Thu, Fri & Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    13624, Michigan Avenue, Detroit 48126

    Telephone

    +1 313 582 2266

    Transport

    Bus 200

    Website

    Arab American National Museum

  6. 6. The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village - Museums and Galleries

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    Henry Ford Museum, Detroit. Courtesy of The Henry Ford

    Based on car pioneer Henry Ford's private collection, The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village includes hundreds of cars and planes, including the limousine in which President John F Kennedy was assassinated. Greenfield Village houses historic buildings from around the world.Show this on map

    Cost

    Henry Ford Museum: US$15; seniors US$14; 5-12 yrs US$11; under-5s free.Greenfield Village: US$22; seniors US$21; 5-12 yrs US$16; under-5s free

    Opening hours

    Henry Ford Museum: Daily 9:30am-5pm;Greenfield Village: mid Apr-late Oct: 9.30am-5pm; Nov-Dec: Fri-Sun 9.30am-5pm; early Jan-mid Apr: closed

    Address

    20900, Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Detroit 48124

    Telephone

    +1 313 982 6001

    Transport

    Bus 140

    Website

    The Henry Ford & Greenfield Village

  7. 7. Detroit Historical Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Historical Society

    The anchor of the Cultural District, the Detroit Historical Museum recounts the city's past. Exhibits recreate Detroit's cobbled streets, 19th-century stores, a car assembly line, toy trains, and a fur trading post from the 17th century.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$6; concessions US$4; under 5s and members free

    Opening hours

    Wed-Fri 9:30am-3pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12pm-5pm

    Address

    5401, Woodward Avenue, Detroit 48202

    Telephone

    +1 313 833 1805

    Transport

    Bus 415, 420, 445, 450, 460, 465, 475 or 495

    Website

    Detroit Historical Museum

  8. 8. Motown Historical Museum - Museums and Galleries

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    Motown Museum and Hitsville, Detroit. Courtesy of Mark J. Arpin

    In a humble central Detroit home, musical history was made. The Motown Historical Museum is now housed under the famous Hitsville USA sign. Tour Studio A, where Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and the Jackson 5 all recorded in the 1960s.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$10; concessions US$8

    Opening hours

    Jul-Aug: Mon-Sat 10am-6pmSep-Jun: Tue-Sat 10am-6pm

    Address

    2648, West Grand Boulevard, Detroit 48208

    Telephone

    +1 313 875 2264

    Transport

    Bus 16

    Website

    Motown Historical Museum

Attractions

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  1. 9. Heidelberg Project - Attractions

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    Heidelberg Project, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Heidelberg Project

    The destitute Detroit neighbourhood of Heidelberg Street was transformed by local artist Tyree Guyton into controversial urban art via the Heidelberg Project. Several blocks have been brightly painted and turned into art installations with the help of local children.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Heidelberg Street, Detroit

    Telephone

    +1 313 267 1622

    Transport

    Bus 12

    Website

    Heidelberg Project

  2. 10. Detroit Zoo - Attractions

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    Detroit Zoo, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    The Detroit Zoo houses animals from around the globe among 125 acres of landscaped grounds in Royal Oak. The Arctic Ring of Life features diving polar bears and seals visible from a 70-foot-long underwater viewing tunnel.Show this on map

    Cost

    US$11; concessions US$9; 2-14 year olds US$7; under 2s free

    Opening hours

    Labor Day-end of Oct: 10am-5pm; Nov-end of Mar: 10am-4pm; Apr-Labor Day 9am-5pm (Wed in Jul & Aug until 8pm)

    Address

    8450, West 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, Detroit 48067

    Telephone

    +1 248 541 5717

    Transport

    Bus 450

    Website

    Detroit Zoo

  3. 11. Holocaust Memorial Center - Attractions

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    The Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit, USA

    Detroit's Holocaust Memorial Center was opened to the public in 1984 as a place where one can visit and contemplate that momentous historical event. A visit provides both a chastening demonstration of man's capacity for cruelty and a heartening reminder of the bravery of those who stand up against these powers.Show this on map

    Cost

    Suggested donation $10

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 9.30am-5pm; Fri 9.30am-3pm

    Address

    28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills, USA

    Telephone

    +1 248 553 2400

    Transport

    Exit I-696 at Orchard Lake Rd. Turn north. The Holocaust Memorial Center is located on the west side of the road just north of Twelve Mile Rd.

    Website

    Holocaust Memorial Center

  4. 12. Renaissance Center - Attractions

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    Renaissance Center, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    The most recognizable building in Detroit's skyline, the RenCen, as it's known, is the headquarters of General Motors (GM). The building houses the GM World car museum, including vintage Chevrolet and Pontiac vehicles - and the Wintergarden shopping arcade.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    GM Showroom: Mon & Tue 9am-5pm; Wed-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-5pm

    Address

    Renaissance Center, Detroit 48243

    Telephone

    +1 313 567 3126

    Transport

    Renaissance Center People Mover station

    Website

    Renaissance Center

  5. 13. Cranbrook House & Gardens - Attractions

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    Cranbrook, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Set in Detroit's Bloomfield Hills, Cranbrook House & Gardens forms the focus of the Cranbrook Arts and Crafts campus, which has instructed artists since 1904. Highlights include the Saarinen-designed buildings and 40-acres of landscaped gardens.Show this on map

    Cost

    House & gardens: US$10; concessions US$8Gardens: US$6; seniors US$5

    Opening hours

    House: tour hours vary (please contact Cranbrook)Garden: May-Labor Day Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm; Labor Day-Sep daily 11am-3pm;Oct Sat & Sun 11am-3pm; Nov-Apr closed

    Address

    39221, Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, Detroit 48303

    Telephone

    +1 248 645 3000

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Cranbrook

Special things to do

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  1. 14. Campus Martius Park - Special things to do

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    Campus Martius Park, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Campus Martius Park, set in downtown Detroit, was once a disused marsh area. Locals use their laptops with the free wireless internet access, against the backdrop of granite waterwalls. There's also an ice-skating rink in the winter months.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Detroit 300 Conservancy, One Campus Martius, Detroit 48226

    Telephone

    + 1 313 962 0101

    Transport

    Cadillac Center People Mover station

    Website

    Campus Martius Park

  2. 15. Hart Plaza - Special things to do

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    Hart Plaza, Detroit. Courtesy of Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Downtown Detroit's favourite plaza occupies 14 acres of riverside. Public artworks include The Fist, an homage to boxer Joe Louis, and the Son Memorial Fountain by Isamu Noguchi. The plaza is popular with outdoor music festivals, including September's Jazz Festival.Show this on map

    Cost

    Free

    Opening hours

    24 hours daily

    Address

    Jefferson Avenue, Detroit 48226

    Telephone

    +1 313 877 8077

    Transport

    Financial District People Mover station

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