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Detroit Historical Society

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 1805
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Ranked #10 of 70 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled, is just one of the many...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Hours:
Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
2 reviews
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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8 reviews 8 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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34 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

They did a great job renovating this museum a few years back! Lots of great local history and interesting vignettes that are fun and well done. Love the trains!

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London, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

If you are in the area you should definitely check this out. Three floors of Detroit history with some interactive content. Parking is around back and inexpensive. Admission by donation. Well maintained and a lot of interesting stuff.

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