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Detroit Historical Society

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 1805
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Ranked #10 of 86 attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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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kentucky
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116 reviews 116 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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Dearborn, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This museum is not much to look at from the street, but as soon as you enter, you notice that the museum has been completely renovated. From the basement "Streets of Old Detroit" which is a walk though the past history of the city as shown through an old Main Street setup, to the body drop from General Motors Clark... More

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Ontario
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Great place for a play there's really no bad seats. We sat up in the balcony and could hear the play fine. Staff was great and organized at getting people in and out.

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Redford, Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Great place often over looked. A couple weeks ago was my first time there in about two decades. We parked in the private lot for $5. It was neat to see the changes. The newer kid rock exhibit was interesting. It is really interesting to see what Detroit was like hundred's of years ago up til present time.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This museum one of best historical museum in US. It also can be very easily self exploring because of a lot of selfguided audio/video and interactive exhibits including rare historical cinematography and photography about Detroit past rich history. Today however someone brought very large groups of adult tourist and split it on multiple guided groups even the best this museum... More

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Gillette, WY
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

This museum is very extensive and teaches visitors not only about the car industry but about Detroit from the earliest days of its settlement. I was fortunate to have one of their staff, Tobi, show me around and tell me about the exhibits. There's a wonderful exhibit downstairs with a cobblestone street and examples of old-time businesses. There;s also a... More

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Canton, Ohio
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68 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

This was a very well done museum. The exhibits were very informative, professional, and interesting. Because the museum is free, we feared that it may be lame, but no! It was worth it! Great model train exhibit for the kids. Loved the Street of Shops area on the lower level. The museum is in a kind of scary part of... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is by far one of the best museums I've ever visited. As a history buff, although I adore the average history museum, this museum makes history come alive! In the "Streets of Old Detroit" exhibit, you can walk through three eras of Detroit history - the 1900s, the 1870s, and the 1850s. Not only can you walk the streets,... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Whether local or from out of town the Detroit Historical Museum has something for everybody. From the French to the stove builders, ship builders and automotive pioneers Detroit has been shaped by industry and the money it generated. Music, Art, and a blue collar work ethic has made this a city with an incredible past and a bright, prosperous future.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This was my first trip to the Detroit Historical Museum. I took 60 4th graders there for a class trip to supplement our Social Studies curriculum. The docents were excellent and provided a very thorough tour of the museum. The students enjoyed the walk through time in the basement and the assembly line/automobile history the most. We also had a... More

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