Detroit Historical Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI650 contributions
Jan 2021
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.
Written January 24, 2021
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Lonny
Secaucus, NJ16 contributions
Dec 2019
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.
Written April 21, 2020
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Notorious_Nale
Seattle, WA2 contributions
Dec 2020 • Family
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).
Written January 4, 2021
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Georgianna C
Makati, Philippines100 contributions
Oct 2019
I had a free day after a conference so I decided to drop by this museum. Entrance fee was free (not sure if this is a permanent thing or because of a certain holiday) but I enjoyed my visit. The museum is quite small but I liked how they tried to arrange it in a chronological manner- from Civil War era, WWII, etc. I also liked that they had highlights from the different industries Detroit is known for such as automobile and music during the Motown era.
Written January 8, 2020
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LanceCT
West Hartford, CT29 contributions
Aug 2021
Spent 3 hours there with my 12 year old and really enjoyed it except that the historical part was closed, they were doing loud construction and we couldn't hear some of the videos and the cool body drop assembly line feature wasn't working. Considering the museum is closed M-W, it should all be working. We at least snuck into the historical part because we wanted to know the history and why it was named Detroit. That part should be opened right away even if they are working on part of it, that it was completely closed was poor.
Written August 9, 2021
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LSRealty
29 contributions
Aug 2022
We enjoyed our tour of this museum. Really neat recreation of old time street in Detroit with stores etc. very well done. Good history about Detroit the good and the bad. Well presented.
Written August 18, 2022
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Leilian Khoury
Lebanon, TN13 contributions
Jul 2017
this is the 3rd time we have been there ,,, everyone coming to visit me coming from outside us i bring him here ,,, really its amazing and wonderful
Written November 17, 2017
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Jack L
Orlando, FL19 contributions
This museum one of best historical museum in US.
It also can be very easily self exploring because of a lot of selfguided audio/video and interactive exhibits including rare historical cinematography and photography about Detroit past rich history.
Today however someone brought very large groups of adult tourist and split it on multiple guided groups even the best this museum actually must toured selfguided because many interacted and computeruzed video and audio exhibits and museum is actually not a large one.
As I said its best explored selfguided with reading and listening and watching many interactive exhibits.
Instead this Perfectly speaking English-language group tours simple distract my own experience to enjoy listen and watching interactive exhibits cinematography treasures, becsuse of noise came from this groups and I cannot listening any of my favorite short cinematography masterpieces about Detroit past history. Instead I listen some unbelievable jokes about like many Detroit woman became Domestic Servant at time of Great Depression of 1930s or nothing was happening in disturbing riots of 1967/68.
I am no wandering that after that excursion in museum thise people would be still guessing who was Herbert Hoover, what is hooverville, or New Deal or even when Pres. Kennedy was reign.
Please next time consider other tourist selfguided museum visit might be completely spoiled by noisy unnecessary museum guided tours for English-language tourist groups.
Written June 10, 2014
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GeekInTheD
Detroit41 contributions
Jul 2014 • Friends
I cannot believe this little gem is free. Three floors of Detroit history, all nicely maintained and packed full of information. The basement floor is a recreation of the streets of Detroit with replicas of real shops that existed back in the day. The main floor contains the history of the settlement of Detroit, a timeline of the city through the years, and a display of its motor history. The top floor has a great little display of Detroit's contribution to the war effort as well as its place in the Underground Railroad. The gift shop has some nice collectibles that are Detroit-centric and a great collection of history books and photos for purchase.

When you visit, please don't forget to leave a donation - this place is worth it.
Written July 11, 2014
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eleona01
Manistique, MI195 contributions
This is an excellent museum (especially for the price!). It is across the street from the art museum, so it is not out of the way by any means. There are a good number of exhibits, and almost all that we saw were interesting. I think we went through in about an hour and a half, but we could have easily spent twice that. Another perk is that the bathrooms are really nice and really clean! I also like the idea of learning about the places I visit; it seems like sometimes I go places and end up going to natural history musuems, science museums, aquariums, zoos, and general historical museums. While I learn a lot, it is rarely anything unique to the region or city. I really liked that I was able to learn a lot about Detroit while visiting. Parking is available on the street and is not at all outragous (I don't remember what we paid, maybe $1?) and you shouldn't have to worry about fighting the crowds like at some museums. All in all, it is definately worth an hour and a half of your time!
Written August 7, 2008
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