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Art and architecture abound

We like libraries and the Detroit Public Library downtown is a grand dame of 100+ years. Found they... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Hidden gem of the city

It's not every day that you see such a beautiful historic building still used for its original... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Detroit, Michigan
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5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4093
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We like libraries and the Detroit Public Library downtown is a grand dame of 100+ years. Found they have docent tours Saturday at 11am. Group of about 15. Hour and 5 min. Enjoyable; just scratched the surface. Then went to fairly nearby Eastern Market for...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not every day that you see such a beautiful historic building still used for its original purpose. The building is in excellent condition, not having had a major expansion or renovation since 1963. Most of the equipment is vintage, including the elevator, escalator, dumbwaiters,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank tkefan29
Reviewed December 17, 2018

This library is a treasure and is full of great resources, artifacts, art, lots of spaces to find some time to study or read a good book, and a very helpful staff that can help you find anything you need or want to know. There...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Greg B
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Made a special trip for the 11:00 am Saturday tour and a group of us waited only to discover no one showed up. So we made our own self guided tour. It is an amazing building with some beautiful architectural touches but we needed a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank suesX8407KQ
Reviewed October 1, 2018

I've spent countless hours studying in the library when I went to college. The original part of the building (pictured) is stunning. The murals and the interior architecture are beautiful. The Burton Historical Collection in the north wing is a quiet place to relax and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank rczernia
Reviewed September 29, 2018

An amazingly huge, and ornate library that put others to shame. It was clear in past how much the city of Detroit valued education and the arts.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Aussiejack1
Reviewed September 2, 2018

If your visiting a city, a library doesn't exactly scream tourist attraction. Who after all want's to check out books on their vacation. I know I didn't. Instead I went to see some of the architectural details of this library. The main Branch of Detroit...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank StockholmKindaGuy
Reviewed June 15, 2018

If you need library resources, then this one appeared to have everything. But, if you were just looking at the building like me, I wasn't as impressed as I was led to believe. There's some art and nice architecture, but perhaps because I had just...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank darwinmoore
Reviewed May 28, 2018

this building is a must see, just poke in and walk around for a few minutes. Oh and it has a big library in it too which is good.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Barry J
Reviewed April 18, 2018 via mobile

I arranged for a private tour of the main library for my women’s group that particularly enjoys field trips exploring interesting places. We were all pleasantly surprised by this incredible gem in the heart of Detroit. The 1.5 hour tour provided us with a knowledgeable...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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