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Detroit Historical Society

5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 1805
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Ranked #12 of 87 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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Asheboro, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This museum deserves more accolade's than it gets! They did a great job presenting a huge amount of information in an enjoyable manner. You do need several hours to see it all but it is really worth your time and it is free!

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Covington, KY
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272 reviews 272 reviews
119 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Yes, there's history of the auto industry here. There would have to be for a museum in the Motor City. There's good stuff here about that. But there's a lot more. There are good exhibits showing the early history and the evolution of Detroit from frontier fort to major manufacturing center. You can walk through the Streets of Old Detroit... More

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Regina, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I always find tons of things to buy at the gift shop here, and the museum itself is a gem. Great exhibits on Detroit industry, life, and culture.

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kentucky
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120 reviews 120 reviews
20 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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106 reviews 106 reviews
70 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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