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Detroit Historical Society

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 1805
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Ranked #10 of 87 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

I visit lots of local historical museums in major cities. This one was not only FREE but well worth the few hours I spent there. The idea behind most of the museum is that the visitor should "experience" the actual living conditions of the displays instead of just looking at pictures and displays. The basement holds a walk through town... More

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Wirral
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The story of Detroit, the origins, obviously the car industry, the racial tension and political corruption. It is all in this enjoyable and informative mid-town museum. A good introduction into the city. Entry is fee but there is a $10 parking fee. Detroit has a bad reputation but I enjoyed by visit to Motor city.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This is a pretty simple museum. I had more expectations from a history museum of a (once) a great city of Detroit.

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34 reviews 34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

They did a great job renovating this museum a few years back! Lots of great local history and interesting vignettes that are fun and well done. Love the trains!

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London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

If you are in the area you should definitely check this out. Three floors of Detroit history with some interactive content. Parking is around back and inexpensive. Admission by donation. Well maintained and a lot of interesting stuff.

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Asheboro, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This museum deserves more accolade's than it gets! They did a great job presenting a huge amount of information in an enjoyable manner. You do need several hours to see it all but it is really worth your time and it is free!

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This museum tells you all about the history of Detroit from the days of the underground railroad, the boom days of the 20s through WW2 era, the city's fall into ruin an into its current resuscitation. All of that for free. If you have any interest in the historyof the city, it's a museum definiely worth checking out. It's in... More

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Covington, KY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Yes, there's history of the auto industry here. There would have to be for a museum in the Motor City. There's good stuff here about that. But there's a lot more. There are good exhibits showing the early history and the evolution of Detroit from frontier fort to major manufacturing center. You can walk through the Streets of Old Detroit... More

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Regina, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I always find tons of things to buy at the gift shop here, and the museum itself is a gem. Great exhibits on Detroit industry, life, and culture.

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kentucky
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I am in the museum business and have a master's in Public History - I was VERY impressed with the museum, particularly their working assembly line exhibit and all of the areas that celebrate Detroit's rich history and culture. The gift shop is particularly nice with awesome chocolates and other items that are surprisingly affordable. It's catty-corner from the Detroit... More

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