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Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
313 833 7900
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Ranked #1 of 82 attractions in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Marietta, Georgia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
37 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

What an amazing museum. This place is fantastic. The works they have in there are not to be missed. We also had a lovely lunch while there; of course at museum prices, but it was delightful. They have such an extensive collection of art, world renown masterpieces to modern contemporary pieces. The Rivera court is worth the trip all by... More

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Southfield, Michigan
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23 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Sunday's at the Detroit Institute of Arts (the DIA) are spectacular. We spent several hours watching an Ikebana floral art demonstration within the magnificent Diego Rivera mural hall. The demonstration was fascinating. We enjoyed a glimpse into Japanese culture as we viewed the current Samurai exhibit too. The DIA is a place to visit alone, with friends, family and couples.... More

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The DIA never disappoints and even though I am not a samurai afficianado, it was a well-designed exhibit, with very helpful audio guides. For out of towners the Diego Rivera courtyard is still a highlight. I've heard there is going to be an exhibit in 2015, showing his plans and exhibiting it along with Frida Kahlo's work. Can't wait!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Only had a few hours and we admittedly raced through the collection. Good American and contemporary art. The Diego Rivera mural was amazing. Will return with more time when we return to Detroit.

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Flint, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Went to the DIA and seen art from some of the masters of the brush. It was a spiritual journey and loaded with History and visual beauty. There were Rembrandt's, Picasso's, van Gogh's, Cezanne, Matisse just to name a few. The city and state should be proud of this collection and it would be a crime to take these painting... More

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Marrakech, Morocco
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13 reviews 13 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

i was delighted and very surprised by the high quality of the art on display; it is well put together and composed. the rivera walls stunning and the lovely cafe in the courtyard delightful. can't wait to go back!

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The DIA has been on my must-do list for sometime, so glad to recently have had the opportunity to spend a day. We did the free tour, which was time well spent. Lunch at the Cafe was good, too. Will definitely go back.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very impressive collection presented in thoughtfully designed rooms with some educational material to help the viewer become engaged with the work.

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West Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
7 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Our feet gave out long before our interest did. What a great museum! We thoroughly enjoyed visiting all the galleries. The DIA does a wonderful job of getting visitors (especially children) engaged in the art with explanatory information, guessing games, and simply going that extra mile to educate and intrigue people in what they're seeing. Our one disappointment was the... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Wow! The DIA is possibly best known for the Diego Ribera murals which occupy an atrium like area of the museum They are wonderful and compete well with his works in Mexico City at the Ministro de Educacion. But it is the design of the galleries interior that delights me most. Instead of great hallways and large rooms much of... More

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