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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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9:30 am - 4:00 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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Detroit Historical Society

The Streets of Old Detroit in the basement has full scale representations of Detroit in different decades going back to 1800 (or so). There are often special exhibits like the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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Frederick, Maryland
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Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

the location is partially underground and parkig is difficult. Better, go to the fabulous DIA across the Street.

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Frederick, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The Streets of Old Detroit in the basement has full scale representations of Detroit in different decades going back to 1800 (or so). There are often special exhibits like the one on the historic saloons of Detroit we went to a year ago.

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Jacksonville, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We went with our 4 young children and had a great time. It is free so I wasn't sure if it was going to be good but there is so much to do and see. I wish it was a little more hands on but our kids ages 9, 5, 2, and 1 loved it. It is very educational but... More 

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Westchester County, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Great free museum covering the history of the city. The exhibits covering from pioneer days to the early 20 th century are particularly interesting and fun. The emphasis from the 20th century is on the automobile, industry and innovation.

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Columbus, Oho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

The Detroit Historical Museum is a really nice place to visit. The museum itself is free with a $6 charge for parking which is still quite a bargain. The exhibits were interesting and some of them were inter-active. There is a large model train layout in the lower level which delighted my son-in-law and grandchildren. You can go at your... More 

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Laval, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Great and FREE museum to learn about Detroit's history! You can easily spend half a day here, and our teens loved it (climbing in the cars, interactive games, etc.)!

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United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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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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