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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Redford, Michigan
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Redford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW 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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Sault Sainte Ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Morris, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Lichfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Idaho Falls, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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