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Motown Historical Museum

Address: 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Phone Number: 313-875-2264
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Ranked #1 of 70 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: This old Detroit home belies the greatness that was born here: the Motown Sound. But one step...
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Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: This old Detroit home belies the greatness that was born here: the Motown Sound. But one step inside Hitsville, USA, the original house where Berry Gordy lived and recorded the Motown hits, and you'll catch the beat and spirit of this booming music era. Photos, costumes, artwork, music and other memorabilia take you back to simpler times.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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75 reviews 75 reviews
39 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We wanted to go, but their policy of not reserving tickets in advance and not even selling tickets in advance if you come there, in person, to buy them convinced us not to waste our time. Detroit is suffering economically so this tourist attraction should get with the program and offer guests a more conducive experience.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

This was the highlight of my visit to Detroit. I was surprised how emotional I got while visiting this museum. I was in awe. I felt inspired. It was amazing. I learned so much in just a short time. They give everyone a guided tour and also allow time for just looking around. This museum is small, not an all-day... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

our lady guides enthusiasm for the history of music was very infectious, loved the family history of the place, very informative, good gift shop, a little off the beaten track but well worth a visit

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Lake Mary, Florida
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3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Tucked away in downtown Detroit, this little place is very cool. If you grew up in the sixties, you know and love the music that came out of this little place. Great gift shop and frequent tours.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Fun museum. Good history of motown music. Lots of motown items. Great old house made into a museum. All of the motown singers are featured.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Nice little museum. Good value for the price. The tour guides were very enthusiastic and knew the history.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My family was in town for my Retirement Party & we decided to take a trip to Motown. Although I live right in the city, I had never visited the Museum. The experience was wonderful right from the beginning! Our tour guide was awesome and very knowledgable about the Motown Movement. We listened, we may have shed a tear, we... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

For any music lover, this is an inspiring place to visit. The guide was excellent and really connected his love of music with Gordy's amazing story. For a throw-back to the founding of Motown and a walk down the lanes of music greatness in Detroit, this is the place to see. Good for families and people of all ages.

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Detroit, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The building looks drab and small. The initial waiting area is plastic chairs and outdated video displays. Then the guided portion of the tour took off and so did the tour. Very good personal insoghts, we'll preserved artifacts, and not completely complimentary of Mr Gordy's business practices. Plus a,sing along in the recording studio! Everyone had a great time.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a must see for any Detroit resident. It is amazing the talent that has passed through these doors. Being able to sing 'My Girl' in the same studio as the original recording was absolutely amazing. Well worth the price of admission. I'm embarrassed that it took me this long to visit.

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