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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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North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

The DIA is located in downtown Detroit and the building is palatial. Absolutely awe struck by it and the fountains. On the side there are enormous modern sculptures to complement the building. The exhibits inside are divided by art genre. We loved the contemporary and modern collections. Especially an enormous painting by German artist Anselm Kiefer called "Das Geviert" made... More

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Watsonville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is one the most beautiful classical pieces of architecture in the country filled with a world class collection of art. Do not miss it !

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Chicago, Illinois
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

As an art student and art director, I've been to museums in cities across the world. My favorite by far is the Detroit Institute of Arts. In fairness, I grew up in this museum, having taken Saturday morning art classes there as a Detroit public school student. It was homey and wonderful and a treasure trove of miraculous work. The... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Diego Rivera's murals are acknowledged as his masterpiece. He himself said that these murals were his best work. They tell the story of the Detroit auto industry on four walls from the raw materials to the finished product. The making of steel, manufacturing machines and people on the line. The audio guide will add detail and context to this brilliant... More

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Rochester, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

What a fantastic collection -- from early, early periods up to today. Diego Rivera's murals are still my favorites.

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Awa, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The DIA and its collection of art in no way reflect the dilapidated condition seen in many other parts of Detroit. The building is beautiful and the art collection contains pieces by many master artists (Van Gogh and Picasso to name a few). The staff were not the friendliest and the lack of public self parking was a little strange,... More

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washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

• Comments (0) Detroit has a huge inventory of urban and industrial ruins that are both beautiful and ghastly: abandoned and collapsing factories, famous architected/decorated public buildings in ruins, abandoned schools and churches -- often still with furniture, decorations and personal items -- looking like they were evacuated in a hurry for some apocalyptic emergency. How about a new parking... More

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Ottawa Lake, Michigan
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love the DIA! This art museum has an excellent layout and many beautiful and unique pieces. It is a must see if you are in Detroit and love art.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The Diego Rivera mural was astounding and the Dutch art was glorious. The signage and description of the at was clear and thoughtful. I did not use the audio guide (just a personal preference)

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