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Motown Historical Museum

2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
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Ranked #4 of 87 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Historic Sites
Fee: Yes
Traveler Description: The Motown Historical Museum at 2648 W. Grand Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48208 was once the headquarters of Motown Records and Tamla Records during... more »
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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

If you lived with this music or want to share the history you have got to see this museum. To think so much great music originated from such a nondescript location is hard to wrap around. We arrived at about 2:40 and there was a tour that had started at 2:30 still starting up in the lobby. We were able... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Visiting Hitsville USA was #1 on my list to see when in Detroit. Being there - right there where the music that has been such a part of my life was simply incredible Such a small and humble place that produced such wonderful, everlasting songs and artists ...until you are actually there, you cannot thoroughly appreciate the wonder of it... More

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We arrived about 4:30 for the 5pm tour. Glad we did because the tour sold out, but they allowed a few extra people to join in after the tour started. We had a great guide, cant remember his name. It was very cool to tour the museum, offices and stand in studio A where so many Motown legends recorded their... More

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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is where it all began. The Motown sound was born in this small house where little 11yr. old Stevie Wonder put the LP's into the sleeves of his first album sitting at the kitchen table. Don't miss this musical birthplace.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The Motown music was the soundtrack of your life in the 60's and 70's. Founded in 1959 by Berry Gordy with an $800 family loan. He and his brother had earlier failed at running a record store. He wrote songs and he was tired of the small royalty checks he was receiving. His first recording was "Money" and he made... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I am a big Motown fan! This tour is definitely a must if you are in the Detroit area. The tour lasted about an hour and a half. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about Berry Gordy and Motown in general. You start off with a 20 minute video about Berry Gordy and Motown's history and then you enter into... More

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Port of Spain, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

As a member of the Baby Boom Generation, I grew up on Motown and some may call me a bad speller, but It is my firm belief that Detroit spells MOTOWN or vice versa. I therefore was quite anxious to visit Detroit for its Jazz Festival over the Labor Day weekend. The very next morning after our arrival, the group... More

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We had a fabulous guide who sang and got us singing too. She engaged her audience and it made all the difference. You can't visit Motown and not spend an hour at the place where it all started.

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Pagosa Springs, Colorado
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Loved a recent trip to Hitsville, U.S.A. to take a walk down Memory Lane into the music of my youth. The tour docents were awesome and the tour itself was full of interesting information. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Just being in the same building where all those amazing songs and artists were, was just mind blowing! The tour was also very informative. A highlight was when we got to sing in studio A where all the hits were recorded. When my wife and I left, we both said: "wow we just sang in the same studio where all... More

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