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Detroit Historical Museum

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5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4097
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Whether you are a visitor, or someone who lives in the Detroit Metropolitan area, you will be amazed at the wonderful things Detroit has to offer: history, great architecture, gorgeous places like the Guardian and Fisher building and etc.<br><br>When you will take tour with us you will learn about recent changes going on Detroit by visiting unique buildings, access to which have only our tour guide.<br><br>After finishing tour with us you will know a lot about Detroit's history, famous Architectures and gain knowledge about current changes happening in Detroit. <br><br>Let's join us It's go time Detroit!
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MidwestKathM wrote a review Jan 2021
Detroit, Michigan309 contributions138 helpful votes
As longtime members of this museum, we had to visit to see their latest exhibits: Boom Town: Detroit in the 1920s and Detroit's Brewing Heritage. We were not disappointed!! Boom Town takes a look at some of the people who were involved with Detroit's historical and cultural activities, including music, theatre, the automotive industry, government, religion, law, and architecture, giving you an idea of the longlasting influence of their presence. Brewing Heritage provides an overview of all the brewing companies through the years such as Stroh's, Pfeiffer, and so many other companies that influenced today's active Michigan brewing industry. Love the old TV commercials with those familiar jingles!! The Detroit Historical Museum provides a great look at Detroit's past and present through its permanent galleries and the wonderful temporary exhibits. . A great value for the reasonable admission fees!! During these COVID times, some exhibits may not be open. Timed tickets suggested; masks and social distancing required.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Notorious_Nale wrote a review Jan 2021
Seattle, Washington2 contributions1 helpful vote
I came away pleasantly surprised by this small museum. They handled COVID really well (you get a free souvenir/stylus to use to press on all the interactive displays), better than the Ford museum, I thought. On Dec 28th mid-day, we were one of only two families in the museum so we felt really safe and socially distanced. My 7-year old son didn’t understand all the exhibits but enjoyed the streets of Detroit and the model trains. I thought the 1967 riot exhibit was particularly well done although I did wish there was a bit more context/background explanation (maybe I just missed this).
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Dave C wrote a review Sep 2020
Illinois1,136 contributions198 helpful votes
First of all, you need interest in Detroit history - or why go - it isn't history overall - it is Detroit history. The main floor used to have a section on the first years when it was a French settlement - that's either gone - or wasn't open. It was called the Frontiers to Factories exhibit, which depicts Detroiters at work in the city's first 200 years, from 1701 to 1901, as it grew from a French fur trading post to a midsize manufacturing city. The rest of the floor focuses on 1901 - current - as Detroit moved from a midsize city to the auto capital of the world - to today. That was open - and shows Detroit's fast growth, hey day, and then decline with an eye toward resurgence. The second floor is changing exhibits - currently a large focus in on the 1967 riots - seems a lot like the current Black Lives Matter riots - just 53 years ago. :-( The basement is a complete recreation called "Streets of Detroit". The first section is 1840s, the next is 1870s, the last is 1900ish. Each time, the streets get better, the lights get better, and you really can feel immersed since you're in the basement with no outside windows. As a family of four (2 young adults, 2 middle-aged sorts) - we spent 3 hours here before hitting information overload. Highly recommend.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Lonny wrote a review Apr 2020
Secaucus, New Jersey17 contributions35 helpful votes
This really is a good place to learn a lot of the history in this town. Many relics are on display, the staff is knowledgeable and there is plenty of information on the walls, and videos. A guided tour is highly recommended, the establishment is donation based, so no entry fee, but we always donate, other wise we wouldn't have these things to appreciate. This is not a must see, but worth it if you have time whilst visiting Detroit.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Paul B wrote a review Feb 2020
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We've been visiting the DIA for years and finally crossed Woodward to visit the Detroit Historical Museum. Great review of early Detroit history, and the exhibit on the Underground Railroad was outstanding.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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