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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
313-494-5800
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Ranked #8 of 87 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Libraries
Description: Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.
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Flint, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I have been to many museums in my life. But no museum has ever elicited the emotion that I experienced when visiting the Charles H. Wright. It took me a few trips to Detroit to finally make it there and I'm glad I did. The staff here were informative and wonderful people. The place takes you on an emotional journey... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Everything about this place is awesome! The architecture of the building and all of the exhibits are breath taking and so educational. Several visits are needed to truly get to know this special place. There is something for the whole family to experience. The permanent exhibit of the african-american experience may be a bit graphic in some parts for the... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This is a great museum to visit if you're ever in Detroit. It was very big and takes about 2-3 hours to complete. I particular liked the slave ship exhibit. I gave me chills to see the people behind bars, in shackles and "the point of no return." Also disturbing was the exhibit that depicted how the slaves were packed... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Recently, while leading a religious event in Detroit, I was afforded the opportunity to visit the museum and was amazed at this educational sanctuary. My wife and I left the museum feeling so much better about our African heritage and proud of those who bored the sacrifice for our freedom and status within humanity. This national treasure must be preserved... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I had the pleasure of visiting the museum in April of this year. Unfortunately I was short on time and didn’t get to see the basement where there were other exhibits located. The exhibits that I did see, I really enjoyed and learned quite a bit. I will be traveling back to Detroit in the very near future and will... More

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Warren, Michigan, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you are not african american you are not felt welcome in this museum. Comments made by people at the desk were unfortunate.

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Ted C, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, responded to this review

Dear Marco: We are very sorry that you did not feel welcome; it is our intent to make everyone feel welcome to the museum, as African American history is American history, and a part of our shared heritage. If you could contact us at communications@chwmuseum.org, we would appreciate learning more about your experience and having the opportunity to remedy this... More

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16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Did you know, that there were much more people exported to Brqazil then to the USA? would you like to feel as an african lying in the body of the ship that takes you somewhere? the exebition is very well made. Its really worth visiting it

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Petoskey, Michigan
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Charles H. Wright Museum is incredible. The history is very enlightening. Everyone should experience this museum no matter what age or ethnicity. It is very enlightening.

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Lansing, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We took our youth group to this museum. We are a mixed group; black and white; as well as mixed children. I am white and it is very important to me that my children who are mixed learn their history on both sides. Our tour guide started out by asking everybody to raise their hands; and repeat "please don't shoot;... More

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Ted C, Public Relations Manager at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, responded to this review

Dear basc42391: on behalf of the museum, please let me apologize for your experience. What your group encountered was totally unacceptable and will be addressed immediately. The museum prides itself on our service and scholarship, as well as our inclusivity, being reflective of the openhearted nature of the African American culture. Your tour guide did not accurately reflect these values,... More

Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Museum is amazing. The exhibition "And Still We Rise" is a masterpiece of African American History and everyone who have a chance should go there.

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