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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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Birmingham, Michigan
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

The collection is fantastic and the Diego Rivera murals are not to be missed. You can visit the murals with the aid of an ipad program which is very helpful. The physical facility is amazing. Good restaurants as well.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Yes, The DIA has the 5th largest collection of art in the US. This has become a family favorite. Friday evenings and on the weekends my kids love the drop-in drawing the galleries and they love to make a craft in the educational wing. We have seen world renown puppet companies, amazing story tellers and delightful music. Every Friday night... More

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

An ex-Detroiter, I hadn't been to the DIA since I was a child. I was awed by the Diego Rivera courtyard then, and still am today. It's a wonder. But in addition, the DIA has some of the most famous and stellar works anywhere. From Caravaggio to Brueghel to Titian to Medieval pieces...it's simply wonderful. The DIA still shows the... More

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Grosse Ile, Michigan
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A a resident of Wayne county, we can go for free. What a world-class museum. It is children friendly as well. They recently had a special exhibit on the Samurai that was quite good. We always look for the special shows, and have not been disappointed.

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Oakland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

During the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings it looked like this treasure may be lost. Luckily it was saved and should be appreciated by all. It is a wonderful diversion for an afternoon. Kids don't want to go...but once you get them there, they won't want to leave.

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Pleasant Valley, Canada
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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Before Pink Floyd there was a wall and what a wall indeed. Diego Rivera's wall or walls is much a part of the fabric of Detroit, the Ford family and the automotive business as the Model T, Motown, Little Stevie or Bob Seeger .. what happened to Mitch Ryder? Learn how Diego got the car industry and nailed it in... More

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Midland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

We went to the DIA with our niece (15) and nephew (13) for a few hours and wish we had planned more time. It was wonderful! Our niece loved it and was awed every time we went into a new room. Our nephew was not as excited, but he did enjoy the knights armor display. We ate in the cafeteria.... More

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PA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Visiting the DIA has been on my husband's "bucket list" for years. When we read that some of the collection might be sold to pay the city employee's pensions, we made a quick decision to visit ASAP! We were not disappointed. The DIA has a superb collection of European art, especially Medieval and Renaissance pieces. There is a separate gallery... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Even if there is not an exhibit that draws me to the museum, it is always worthwhile visit at least once a year. As a person who has visited museum's around the US I don't think we appreciate what we have this close to home.

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North Carolina
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The DIA has an amazing collection of art work. Beautiful, clean and historic facility. Allow plenty of time to see everything. We had to wiz through, since we arrived late in the day and still was not able to see everything. Beyond reasonable admission fee for what you will see. Highly recommend!

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