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Detroit Historical Museum

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Address: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: +1 313-833-7935
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Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Excellent Museum for no charge...

Travelling from Peoria,IL with our 6 and 10 yrs kids we entered Detroit midtown by around 3pm and wanted to do something for the day and we decided to visit DHM. To be very honest... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mukunth N
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Given the other amazing attraction we visited on our trip to Detroit this one was okay, i'm glad it was free because we were in and out very quickly

Thank Jacquie P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Travelling from Peoria,IL with our 6 and 10 yrs kids we entered Detroit midtown by around 3pm and wanted to do something for the day and we decided to visit DHM. To be very honest our last minute plan never disappointed us. The museum was excellent and informative. It was truly amazing to see how the streets looked years back... More 

Thank Mukunth N
Knoxville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fantastic museum. So many interesting things to see. Additionally, one can rent the venue for events and the food that is provided is simply beautiful and delicious. Love this place.

Thank SMWKnox
Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was overwhelmed by how much the automobile has insinuated itself into the USA. Amazing walk through history on wheels! Really enjoyed it. I told all of my friends it's worth the visit and I stand by that statement!

Thank yankabout
charleston, sc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting family in the Detroit area and hadn't been to the museum since we were kids. We decided to go and we were not disappointed. The museum is fantastic. Well designed and the exhibits are very informative and varied. Covers Detroit history, auto, cultural and music history as well as fashion. We spent a wonderful afternoon there and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very engaging and informative museum! The combination of visual displays, excellent length written plaques, and interactive exhibits was very well done. We spent about 3 hours here as that was the longest the youngest in our party we're willing to stay, but I could see spending as much as 5. I especially enjoyed the streets of Detroit... More 

Thank Caleb S
Detroit, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

We visited over the holiday break. The museum was free, but took donations-which we did. The first floor has a cool old timey feel and walk through Detroit's history. The rest is kind of just okay. Nothing earth shattering. Fine for kids if you want to whip in to a museum while you are in Midtown.

Thank WhitneyEichinger
Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We only had time for a short visit with our two sons, but it was very enjoyable. There are lots of great exhibits, and plenty to make the place interesting for kids. Young and old will certainly love the Streets of Detroit and the Glancy trains. Lots of fun to learn a bit more about our hometown!

Thank CindyJV
Onsted, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We recently took our grandkids ages 6 and 10 to the museum. It was not overwhelming and the kids could get close to alll of exhibits. Despite the age difference in the girls,both enjoyed everything. It is a great place to take kids and a great first introduction to history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

A fun way to spend few hours if you're not up for the DIA across the street, or have younger kids. Like the DIA, it is free to residents of the 3 area counties. The Streets of Detroit exhibit downstairs replicates the streets, sidewalks, stores showing the way each was actually constructed in the respective time. Walk along as the... More 

Thank Laura S

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