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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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Hours:
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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Detroit Historical Museum: Free & Informative

Well worth visiting!!! Staff was welcoming & gracious. Our group of 11 ranged in age from 5-50 and everyone enjoyed our visit. Admission is free but there is a nominal fee to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Julie W
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Hemlock, Michigan
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Hemlock, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Well worth visiting!!! Staff was welcoming & gracious. Our group of 11 ranged in age from 5-50 and everyone enjoyed our visit. Admission is free but there is a nominal fee to park. Thank you Detroit Historical Society for a wonderful afternoon of learning & exploration!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Great learning opportunity with well organized material and goods. Start Detroit from here !!

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nw arkansas
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Would have rated a 5 star if they had better lights on in general, very dim. Content was very nice, The nothing over 10 cents store was great, The neon Tigers Stadium sign was my highlite.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Good place to start the City tour. Learned a lot about the history of the car manufacturing and the music industry. Best of all, it's FREE!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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68 reviews 68 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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
15 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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