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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 #4 of 167 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, 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: Specialty museums, Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks, 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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Detroit, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Great guide, fun tour, and you learn a lot! One of the cool things about this tour is that the studio looks just like it did 50 years ago, so you are standing and seeing it just like the superstars who recorded there did. Plus there's a video clip of Stevie Wonder when he was just a kid, the Jackson... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

I only had a very short time here before I had to fly out of Detroit and so 'Jack' gave me a whistle-stop tour of the famous Motown Studio A which was simply awesome. To stand in the very recording Studio where the likes of Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5 made sweet musical history made the hairs stand up... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Seriously, if you are going to Detroit, this is your first stop...or it should be. I pooh poohed the idea after seeing the nondescript building its housed in, but I am so glad I got over my first thought. This is the actual place where Berry Gordy started Motown....where Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, the Temptations, Diana Ross...the list... More 

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Saginaw, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Many displays of early Motown performers. Records hung on walls showing recording artists and record labels associated with Motown. Photographs of people associated with making Motown. Displays of Berry Gordy's family who helped him start his dream. The house with its original furniture where Berry Gordy lived during his Motown years. The recording studio where Motown artists recorded their music.... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

As a native Detroiter, I have taken several out of town visitors here. They are always pleasantly in awe of the neighborhood homes. Those who loved the Mowtown sound, love the museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This place is so awesome. you get the feel of whole Motown era. they have so many cool displays of what was going on during that time. you get to experience the magic of Motown music. You get the whole history of so many Motown artist. its just a GREAT experience for any music lover

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

When "Motown,the Musical"national tour played in Detroit,naturally ,I HAD to be there. As a fan of anything Motown ,Tamla,or Gordy (record labels), I wanted to see where it all began. Also, since my daughter was playing the part of "Diana Ross", I wanted to see the museum WITH her. The museum is actually the house that the artists "made their... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Very small, never realized the Motown studio was originally a house. Tour guides were extremely knowledgeable. Wish the gift shop had more music available. More unique gifts. All the music there could have been purchased in a regular stosre

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Clarkston, Michigan, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

If you love the Motown sound you'll love this place. See where all of those great hits were recorded.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Please make sure you're aware all tours are guided. No self-guided tours. If you're on a schedule, call ahead. This is a popular museum so tours do sell out. Begins with a film about Berry Gordy and the music. Then you head upstairs to view the exhibits. I only wish we were given more time to look around at the... More 

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