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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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Address: 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201
Phone Number: 313-494-5800
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Description: Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history...
Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.
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In a city with some pretty impressive museums, the Wright Museum was an eye-opener for me. While I have seen exhibits in other museums that focused on African-American history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

In a city with some pretty impressive museums, the Wright Museum was an eye-opener for me. While I have seen exhibits in other museums that focused on African-American history, I've never seen such a comprehensive treatment as the Wright. Sadly almost empty when I visited on a weekday afternoon, this museum brings African-American history alive! From the recreation of life... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We went to the Wright Museum with my high schoolers for a field trip, but I want to go back and explore more on my own---it was that good! The building is gorgeous; the huge atrium is a place I could spend an hour just admiring, and everyone is so friendly and full of info. I think anyone maybe 10... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I was expecting this museum to be a bunch of pictures and articles about things that had happened, but it was actually extremely interactive and entertaining. It was interesting to be able to walk through the entire history as a way of being able to experience it yourself. It was very memorable walking through the ship where the slaves were... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I visited about 5 years ago. It was an event where the guest was Anna Maria Horsford (Thelma of the TV program "Amen"). It was nice and the food was great. I got the chance to take pictures with her and meet others from the city in high rank. The place is beautiful! From the ceiling to the bottom floor.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Love the living exhibit, every time I go I learn something new. It is surreal and can be emotional .

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Fremont, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

I visited this museum with my 3 children. I am white and I've always felt it was important for my kids to know their history. From the moment we walked in we felt as though we were not welcome here. The museum itself was great but the staff ruined our visit for us. At one point in our visit, my... More 

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

Dear busymom914: We are very sorry about your experience at the museum; from your description, the staff you encountered did not provide the service expected of them. If you could contact us at communications@thewright.org or by phone at (313) 494-5863, we'd like to have the opportunity to remedy this occurrence. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Great place for groups or individuals. We went as part of our family reunion as a group. Tour guide was very knowledgeable and staff was great. Best part was the authenticity of all the exhibits.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

My wife and adult daughter visited this museum. It is in an impressive building with a beautiful entry atrium. We spent about 2 hours going through the primary Exhibit, "And Still We Rise". It is an interesting chronological telling of the African American experience. This exhibit consists of a series of exhibit rooms covering a range of topics and time... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed the "And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture" exhibition.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

The Charles H. Wright Museum is not a place for a fun afternoon... it's a place to go and look at the ugly side of human history and a detailed recording of some part of our past that we don't want to look at but we must! That's what Rosa Parks did... she doesn't just refuse to give up her... More 

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