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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 #7 of 86 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The museum offers an excellent insight into the African American experience in the USA and Detroit. The layout is chronological and walks you through history periods with excellent commentaries and ever expanding collections. The life size model of the slave ship is very impressive and leaves a deep impression on visitors. It walks you through slave quarters, mid ship, upper... More

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New York City, New York
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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Spoiler alert: There is a part of the museum that helps you imagine what it must have been like for the slaves to be brought to America, it was a chilling experience and it touches deeply. I'd encourage anyone to visit and learn. Tip: Every second Sunday is free!!

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

All of humanity came from Africa. We are all the same under the skin. This is the basic concept the main exhibit establishes before you walk through the history of slave trade, emancipation, and discrimination of African-Americans. Plan to spend several hours. It's worth it.

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Detroit, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

This is a wonderful place to visit if you are visiting from out of town or you reside in Detroit. The exhibits are so visual. It starts out with the visual experience of walking through a slave ship. It will touch your heart no matter what your ethnicity. You can visit Motown and hear some of the timeless music. This... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
44 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

This building is beautiful and the exhibits are very good. This is a big part of what is making mid town a place that you have to see. So don't miss it and go and see it and you will be impressed.

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Troy, Michigan
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Upon stepping into the building, I was instantly drawn to all the different colors and things to see. It was a sunday so a gospel service was going on in the auditorium, so all the sounds and cheerful voices lit up the main floor. The rest of the museum was equally as exciting and a great learning experience, in regards... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I think this is a museum that people of all colors and backgrounds can appreciate not your average African-American museum it was informative, and moving.

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Southfield
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Take your family here and experience the African American journey from Africa to America. You can learn how they came all the way from Africa to the present with life size waxed figures. I love this place.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

For a middle school student just learning about the history of African Americans this museum would be an eye opener. The exhibits were engaging and addressed all of the senses with life sized dioramas. However, do not expect to learn much new if you are an adult who has given serious consideration to our painful history of exploitation and marginalization... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very QUAINT but filled with memorabilia of Motown artist in the 60's. Guides are available to take you on a tour and share stories about the Motown artist and demonstrate how the Motown sound was originally created. Our tour group had a ball singing and imitating routines performed by the Motown artist. A Must C in the D.

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