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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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9:30 am - 4:00 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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Great Overview of Detroit.

Should be everyone's first stop in Detroit. It takes in all aspects from first days to industrial revolution to motor industry / war munitions / social strife to Motown music... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Should be everyone's first stop in Detroit. It takes in all aspects from first days to industrial revolution to motor industry / war munitions / social strife to Motown music, sport and fashions. Excellently curated and tour guides (if pre-arranged) engaging and knowledgeable. BTW the Diner around the block on Cass Ave seriously worth visiting for lunch

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We wanted to see the history of Detroit and what it was like in its hay day. This museum did exactly that. You were transported back in time and saw what the streets of Detroit were like. We did the museum in about 90mins and loved all of it. Would recommend to people over 13 years old.

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Redford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I am kicking myself for not coming sooner. I work in Downtown Detroit and live in the area but had never been here. I actually wished I had more time to spend there because there is so much to see, but that just means I'll have to come back for another visit! They really have a little bit of everything... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Great place. A lot to see. Was at Detroit main library and was looking for something else to do. Still free to get in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

I did not expect this to be as wonderful as it is! The main exhibit floor traces the history of Detroit by decade. It's a lot of reading, but well worth it. My partner and I were constantly saying to each other "I didn't know that!" I also enjoyed the Kid Rock Music Lab, and we both liked the Glancy... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2016

The Detroit Historical Museum is a great overview of Detroit's history, it's place in the industrialization of the US and civil rights. It doesn't take long, but the exhibits are well designed and very meaningful. Don't miss it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

This is good for two to three hours. The museum has a nice variety of historical influences on the city of Detroit. My nine year old son liked it a lot, too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We visited this free museum with a charge of $3.50 for parking. The staff were very friendly & informative, the excibiits were well planned, visual & informative, I could have stayed longer but closer is at 4, this is a don't miss place if you enjoy history.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Great museum about old Detroit and its colorful history. Free museum but paid parking. Great exhibits and like the Underground Railroad exhibit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I did not grow up in Detroit, but now live in the area. Not one person mentioned this museum to us in the 20 years we've lived in the area. We were visiting our daughter at school and needed to burn off some time while she finished some work. What a pleasant surprise. We will become members.... More 

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