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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 #6 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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Lansing, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
25 reviews 25 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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Detroit, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers is a one of a kind event held at one of the most beautiful museums in the world. This event challenges regular folks to tell their stories of love, loss, family, fathers, mothers, human triumph and human failings. It happens on the third Friday of every month at 8pm at the Charles Wright Museum... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

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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136 reviews 136 reviews
44 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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