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Detroit Historical Society

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 1805
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Ranked #8 of 82 attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

Me and my husband came here after visiting the Museum of Motown and we were happily surprised to discover it was free entry! We went close to closing time so we didn't manage to see everything, hence giving it four instead of five. We didn't mind though because we are going back tomorrow to see the rest! The video about... More

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Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Great exhibits including one that had a recreation of the streets of old time Detroit, a Kid Rock music lab, toy trains, and a working car assembly line. We also watched a movie on the History of Hudson's department store. It was a great afternoon. Admission is free, donations are accepted, and there is a small charge for parking. I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This museum is a lot of fun for kids and parents too; it is most famous for its old Streets of Detroit exhibit, where you walk down cobblestone streets and browse the windows of old Detroit shops. It's across from the DIA and it's possible to see everything within one hour. Go here, then visit the Public Library next door,... More

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Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed our visit to the Detroit Historical Museum. Parking is $5 in a safe, fenced lot. Admission to the museum is free! The museum is a complete history of the city of Detroit (and quite a bit about Michigan in general). We were really impressed with the assembly line, the streets of old Detroit and... More

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São Miguel do Oeste
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Very nice museum to understand and know about Detroit and its origins. The museum has a area dedicated to automobile industry, another about the "underground railroads" related to the slavery period, and for me what was the best is a reconstruction of old Detroit street in the 1840´s, 1870´s and 1900´s. If you like to read everything and spend time... More

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Howell, MI
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Went to the Detroit Historical Museum for the first time today. It won't be the last! Admission is free. Parking in the fenced lot is $5, or you can park on the street. Donations are accepted in the museum. We were amazed at how large it was, the attention to detail on The Streets of Old Detroit, and the Doorway... More

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

I love this museum and hadn't visited in years. When I was a child, my favorite part was the basement, which is set up with old style cobblestone streets and shops. I think I have to stay that's still my favorite part, but the museum as a whole was a very good experience. The gift shop sells local Detroit snacks,... More

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Livonia, Michigan
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17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

It's free and has a ton of cool exhibitions about the history of southeastern Michigan. There is a flexible exhibit space which features seasonal shows as well.

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