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Motown Historical Museum

2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
313-875-2264
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Ranked #3 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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Royal Oak, Michigan
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

My kids favorite exhibit is the old Detroit Streets in the basement. It is interesting to see the city change through time. It is fun to go into the old store and see the old printing press. There is also a cool train exhibit-you could watch it for hours. They also have an assembly line-lots of important Detroit history and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

We brought our (grown) kids thinking it will be a nice way to spend a couple of hours and had a fantastic time reliving the hits and learning about the way they developed the motown sound through the ceiling. Our host was so fun and knowledgeable and he could really sing too. The kids also loved it and it was... More

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PA
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The first stop on our grand tour of Michigan. Excellent and enthusiastic tour guide. we were with a choir group from Germany. When our guide asked us to sing, they belted it out! It's a tiny semi-detached building. To think all that fabulous music came from here! Studio A is the highlight...there is no Studio B.

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Fort Dodge, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Went to see Hitsville USA for a photo op and the Museum was open so had to go. There's a discount for seniors too. This is the original house where lots of the Motown sound was born and you feel it while looking at all the pics in the hallway and waiting areas. The gift shop is located right in... More

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

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

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

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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