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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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A fantastic overview of Detroit history and heritage

I visited the museum for their celebration of Detroit's 314th birthday, when they had some special lectures. I attended two lectures, one by famed storyteller Ivory Williams about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

I visited the museum for their celebration of Detroit's 314th birthday, when they had some special lectures. I attended two lectures, one by famed storyteller Ivory Williams about growing up in Detroit (amazing!), and one by a docent at the museum about the recruitment of new settlers to French Detroit, which was fascinating. After the lectures, I walked around the... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Free admission. $6 parking in museum lot. "The Streets of Detroit" is a nice exhibit but could use refreshing. Nice gift shop with history books, a small selection of Pewabic tiles, Sanders candy and other items. The automotive exhibit was fun with a Model T to sit in and a small Cadillac assembly line.

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San Francisco, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

good overview of detroit history presented visually in sharp clear exhibits...free...we only had 1/2 hour but it gave us detroit flavor of history

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Livonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Basement - Cobblestone ole time street of early Detroit. Upper levels have a sound room covering the history of Music of Motown, decades of experiences and a floor of the night places/eateries of the past.

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Windsor, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Very cute museum. More people should take the time to stop by and support this hidden gem. There is a Model T where you are able to sit and take a picture. Nicely curated exhibits on the history of Detroit.

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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

1) It's free 2) Amusing upper level with old Detroit streets, shops, cobblestone and a bonus in the end of hallway - tiny city w/ branchy railroad, cars, planes and police patrol) 3) You can find a shrewd press device (near the giftstore) which accept 1 cent and return a flat round plate with a Mr.Biver on it! (see photo).... More 

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This is actually a very cool little museum. It features an assembly line to view, and a life size replica of Detroit's streets during the 1800's that you can walk through and enjoy. Lots of other smaller exhibits too. Check it out when you go to the Detroit Institute of Arts. It's right across the street.

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Atlanta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This museum is a great place to begin your visit to Detroit. Here you can gain many insights into it's long history, founded in 1701 by french explorer Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested, which I gladly paid to support this wonderful museum. With exhibits on 3 floors, here are the things that... More 

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

What a delightful museum. And it's free! My husband and I both enjoyed ourselves here today. The whole museum district is a fun place to be!

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We visited the museum on June 25. Next to the museum is a parking lot. When entering push the button and the operator lets you in. At the museum desk you pay $6 for the parking. The museum is free. There are a lot of different rooms on 3 levels. In most of them you can see a video, do... More 

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Additional Information about Detroit Historical Society

Address: 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: 313 833 1805
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Detroit
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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