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Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 7900
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Ranked #1 of 87 Attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African... more » Owner description: Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists. « less
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Nashville, Tennessee
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The selections are small, compared to some, but everything in the collection is perfectly exquisite. We enjoyed our visit immensely!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The DIA - Detroit Institute of Arts is an amazing, treasure-trove of art in downtown Detroit. Go as soon as possible, as the city is exploring selling part of the collection to help deal with its ongoing financial crisis. A meandering puzzle of a museum with various older and newer additions, you might find yourself lost in antiquities while looking... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We visited the DIA for the first time in March and were so taken with it that we drove back to Detroit again in August to go again. We are seniors so it was $6 each admission but the regular admission was only $8 and it was absolutely worth every penny. I was one of many people standing open-mouthed staring... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Make a special effort to go to this magnificent museum. The collection is extensive, varied and wonderfully presented. This is surely one of the truly great art museums in America and perhaps the world. For lovers of great art, it is a must see while in Detroit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure what to expect but I knew I wanted to see the Rivera murals so I set time aside to go to this museum. It has a fantastic collection and is worth spending an afternoon, if not an entire day there. One thing I would recommend is finding a docent to walk you through the murals. They pointed... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Came here with my family for a Friday late night as we spent the day at the Henry Ford. The music that was playing lent to a wonderful atmosphere for viewing the collection. The impressionist works were first class and I had a wonderful experience viewing the Roman and Greek area. The contemporary collection holds not major works but works... More

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Plymouth, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

My family loves to come to the DIA every year or so and we highly recommend a visit if you are in the area. What an amazing collection! My favorite feature is the medieval chapel dismantled from a castle in France and then brought over to America. Also, we always enjoy a meal in the Kresge Court cafe, surrounded by... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

If you haven't been here, you must!!! I have been visiting this museum since I was a little kid. As an adult, the programming at the DIA has improved. There are hands-on drop in classes, a courtyard to reflect and use technology, delicious food with healthy options and sometimes lively music. There are unique exhibits that change and now night... More

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SW Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our first visit to the DIA and not our last. We especially enjoyed the James Pearson Duffy department of contemporary art. Great educational oppy for kids and a wonderful value.

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

All of it is great. Just go!!! Art. Art. Art. They say it's one of the best art houses in the country, I say the world. I love the DIA. If you get a chance go to a DIA or FJC party at night where there's booze, and see the art in the same condition that the artist made it... More

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