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Detroit Historical Museum

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Address: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number:
+1 313-833-7935
09:30 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled,...

The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled, is just one of the many interesting displays at this museum dedicated to telling the story of Detroit.

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A Great Time for All

I came here on my first trip of many to Detroit and I am itching to come back. It is filled with so much great history and there is so much to keep everyone entertained for the... read more

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Jonathan D
Guelph, Canada
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Guelph, Canada
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I came here on my first trip of many to Detroit and I am itching to come back. It is filled with so much great history and there is so much to keep everyone entertained for the whole time. We spent a few hours here just walking around and taking in everything that at us. It is an amazing place... More 

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Southfield, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As a result of being born and raised in the city of Detroit, I thought I knew everything there was to know about the city. After visiting this venue, I realized how little I really know about the city. The facility is well run by knowledgeable and welcoming staff. Detroit's history is presented in an educational manner that is both... More 

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Dearborn, Michigan USA
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to see local DETROIT artists exhibit. Impressed by the variety of mediums, creativity, quality and dedication of artists. Particularly the work from In Art Trust.

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Roseville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hey this was great place to learn from Detroit History .I start at Street of Old Detroit where you can walk street of 19 th century. The area where can learn how built cars in Detroit . the kid rock Music lab wow! There a lot to learn in museum, and staff was real nice there and know alot about... More 

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Warren, MI
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have had the honor of hosting a poetry open mic in the auditorium for the past four years on MLK Day. There is so much to do here aside from poetry. Walk the streets of old Detroit to get a feel for the rich history of the D. The museum is free and open to the public every day.... More 

Thank rosie313
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We didn't have much time and wanted to take our son to a museum. We try first the Piquette Plant but it was close -Sunday- then after checking TripAdvisor we found this one and we really enjoy it. Lots of information and artifacts in a very nice multimedia setting. A nice addition was that admission is free and you just... More 

Thank Jesus R
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Some very interesting exhibits, especially about Detroit industry during WW2. Loved the car assembly. But of course it was the Meier Clock (which I almost missed) that lit me up. This museum has something for all ages.

Thank Darlene D
New England
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

I really enjoyed this museum - it covered the history of Detroit from its settlement through present day, with a great deal of information and exhibits on the vehicle industry, sports, music scene, the underground railroad and social/cultural issues. The downstairs consists of the Streets of Old Detroit, where you can walk through the cobblestone "streets" and visit old stores... More 

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Ionia, Michigan, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Fun place to visit, especially for the price (free! But we did leave a small donation). Interesting history of detroit, some art work, some ww2 history, and a walk through of the old streets of detroit. Took us about 2 hours to go through it, and we hurried. Highly recommended.

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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We have taken our kids there since they were 5 or 6 and they really enjoy it, the basement attractions are their favorite. It truly can entertain people 5-95. This place is a gem!

Thank Rachel W

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