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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 #10 of 89 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.

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Chicago, Illinois
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Be prepared to be moved,shocked,or proud.This museum really affected me in different ways. I really enjoyed the industrial and entertainment exhibits. Next,I saw the exhibit which showed how slaves were "shipped" to this country. When I was a young teacher,I had previously used posters during African American History Month(formerly Black History Month) ,to demonstrate how my ancestors were"housed"in slave ships... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This museum was very large with a great variety of exhibits. A must see when in Detroit. It was the best Museum of African American History I have been to, and I ave been to a few.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I have been to many African American history museums and none measured up to this one! The guided tour was lead by two amazingly knowledgeable and enthusiastic young. The journey was an emotional but empowering and encouraging one. I was reminded of the greatest and resilience of persons of African descent. I plan to return with my grandchildren. It is... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I found it difficult to navigate through the museum. I found the mood to be very depressing. I just did not like it there, not sure exactly why but I felt odd the whole time I was there.

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Flint, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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