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Detroit Historical Museum

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Address: 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4097
Phone Number: +1 313-833-7935
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled,...

The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled, is just one of the many interesting displays at this museum dedicated to telling the story of Detroit.

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Free and interesting!

Free museums do exist! The Detroit Historical Museum was free, interesting, and well-put-together. We happened upon the museum when our Motown Museum recommended it while we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Free museums do exist! The Detroit Historical Museum was free, interesting, and well-put-together. We happened upon the museum when our Motown Museum recommended it while we waited for our tour to begin at Hitsville USA. The museum's exhibits included the Streets of Detroit, Motor City exhibit, and Underground Railroad exhibit. And as it is free, you can stay as long... More 

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

All the great contributions made by the citizens of Detroit. The underground railway scene was superb. The first car. The recreations of early 20th century Detroit, The tribute to Detroit music. Inventions, innovators, real people's stories and much more.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a good place to visit. You can visit the show room of various new automobiles, take photos, eat and shop.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum to visit to learn about Detroit history. The downstairs of the museum is amazing. You can travel the streets of Detroit through history the buildings are replicas with artifacts that would have been found in the stores. Even the streets travel back in time from wooden, to brick. People of all ages can learn our... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From innovators to sports heroes to music legends, the history of the city comes alive at the Detroit Historical Museum. It's been a long time since I walked the cobblestone streets of early Detroit on the lower level. While it doesn't seem like much has changed, the rest of the museum has updated. Love the products of Detroit and was... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lived in and around metro Detroit for over half a century and never checked this place out until today. Three floors of history on a self guided tour. Best of all it's free!!! The only charge is a $7 parking fee. The museum has it's own parking lot so it's very convenient. There's something for every age. We took my... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is very exciting to this place, yes some tidbit about motown music and the Detroit RedWings and watching a very lack luster car being dropped onto the Chassis. The old Detroit city layout on the ground floor lacks some life or vibe to it, it appears very much like the dead old town of yester-year. I think I could... More 

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Sterling Heights, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I have lived here all our lives. I had never been to this museum, so we walked over after visiting our frequent hang-out, the Detroit Institute of Arts. While the Historical Museum is most famous for the basement exhibit, Streets of Old Detroit, we loved it all. I was especially impressed with the fashion exhibit. Kid Rock... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

A good overall history of Detroit from the early explorers to the current days. Of course, it is going to be a little heavy on the automotive history; but that is balanced well with the Motown experience. If you are in downtown Detroit it is definitely worth a stop and it is free....

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Elk Grove, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We only got to spend an hour here but it felt like enough, though we easily could have spent another hour. This museum is free. They've done a wonderful job covering the various parts of Detroit's history, from the Underground Railroad to the manufacturing to its musical history. Impressive. Be prepared to pay for parking outside.

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