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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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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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Great free museum in Detroit!

The Detroit Historical Society Museum is a hidden gem in the city. The visit was unplanned, the DIA was very crowded so we decided to give it a chance. The museum is free of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Detroit Historical Society Museum is a hidden gem in the city. The visit was unplanned, the DIA was very crowded so we decided to give it a chance. The museum is free of charge, but asks for a donation to the museum. It was not very busy during our visit, which allowed us to freely move about the museum... More 

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Kirkland, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The Detroit Historical Society museum is excellent. The displays are arranged for the rapid or slow visitor. The video vignettes at each display put the items in context. The presentation is logical and easy to follow. We 60s and the 30s in our party enjoyed the museum.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

We (2 grown adults) spent a few hours here and the highlights are as follows: 1- The 'through the decade' videos that explain the up and downs of Detroit. 2- The 'working' assembly line. 3- Walking the streets of old Detroit in the basement. 4- There is a cute gift shop featuring Detroit-produced items like Better Made chips & Sanders... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

I took my kids, ages 13 and 11, here on a day off from school. The place was practically empty, which is a shame because there are a lot of cool things to see here. Learned a lot about Detroit that I never knew.

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Detroit, Michigan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Detroit Historical Museum is a small museum that can be toured in a short amount of time. We went this past winter, there is a lot of information packed into the displays. We were there about 3 hours, saw most of the attractions but will go back to spend more time looking at our favorite displays. There is no... More 

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Howell, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
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83 helpful votes 83 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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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
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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
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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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