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Motown Historical Museum

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Address: 2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208
Phone Number: 313-875-2264
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Description: This old Detroit home belies the greatness that was born here: the Motown...
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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Must see. Put this outing on your list of must see,must do in Detroit. Step back in time to feel and see the environment where Motown came to life.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Must see. Put this outing on your list of must see,must do in Detroit. Step back in time to feel and see the environment where Motown came to life.

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Detroit, Michigan, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My fisrt visit to the museum, it was more magnificent than I expected. Anyone visiting should feel really star struck and in awe at being under the same roof as the great legends of Motown. Our tour guide was excellent and knowledgeable. They have a gift shop and parking.

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

If you have an appreciation for the roots of Motown music or if you have even a minimal amount of rhythm or melody, this must be one of your destinations. The original instruments, sound equipment and studios coupled with knowledgeable tour guides leaves you with a profound appreciation of how the music was brought to life. This was music composed,... More 

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Muskegon, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a place I wouldn't have gone to on my own. My girlfriend wanted to go , so we went. I had a wonderful time. The tour guide was wonderful. Very informative. It was a very fun tour.

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Warren, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Hitsville U.S.A. is just a tiny home that looks nothing like a museum on a regular street in Detroit, Mi. It doesn't look like much and it doesn't seem like it could possibly be worth stopping in as a tourist attraction. That is merely an unfortunate reality, because the truth is so much more incredible. This tiny home is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Amazing tour of this historic musical birthplace of Motown music. Incredible photos and video start the tour that concludes with and fantastic look at the original studio A, recording booth, and even the candy machine where Stevie Wonder got his beloved Baby Ruth's.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It is quite small and only takes an hour to tour but what an hour. It gives the history of motown music and culminates standing in the original recording studio with original equipment and instruments. A Detroit must see.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The staff here are just lovely. You could tell they cared about the legacy of Motown as the enthusiasm and dedication to their jobs really showed. We started off with a short film about Motown which gave a visual look at what made these acts so popular. Then we ventured upstairs for a history lesson on Motown right from the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

You can only take photos on the outside. The spot inside you can roam on your own is the gift store. Everything else is done by guided tour that last roughly an hour. They do their best to preserve everything they can from the famous Studio A to Barry Gordy's residence. Like stepping into 1966. Very interesting indeed. I just... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

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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