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Detroit Historical Society

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Address: 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: 313 833 1805
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9:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Activities: Leisure education
Description: 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 Detroit "must-see" - and a great event venue, too

I recently hosted a large corporate meeting at the museum. The staff, especially Dontez, was immensely helpful and accommodating. We utilized the new 125-seat auditorium for our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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Howell, Michigan
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Howell, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
15 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I recently hosted a large corporate meeting at the museum. The staff, especially Dontez, was immensely helpful and accommodating. We utilized the new 125-seat auditorium for our meeting and then the large lunch room space for our lunch and awards ceremony. They were flexible and worked with our caterer great. Our catering team was able to set up food stations... More 

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Armada, Michigan, United States
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Took a group of adults on a Detroit tour. This was a part of it. Great place to show people that don't know what Detroit has to offer.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Really fun and interesting museum! We loved the old streets of Detroit, the undergound railroad exhibit, and the videos explaining what was going on in each era of Detroit and the exhibit about all the musicians that came out of Detroit. REALLY GREAT MUSEUM!

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Mount Clemens, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

just a fun look at old Detroit. The lower level streets of Old Detroit is especially cool and fun for kids

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Saginaw, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We loved the setting of the museum. We had themed Detroit food stations and danced in the "Streets of Detroit" with all the little shops nearby.

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Stroud, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I say surprising as we are not regular museum visitors but this was close to our base and we were walking the area and so went in and were very impressed. The exhibits just emphasised and brought to life our experiences in the city over the previous days. They cover the early settlement, slavery, economic growth and crash, musicians, sportsmen... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We found out about this on this site and decided to give it a go as we knew very little of Detroits history. The staff were very friendly and knowlegable. Here you can walk through a 19th century street, discover the how and why of Detroits development and a real highlight was the car assembly line, where you can watch... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

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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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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