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Detroit Public Library

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Address: 5201 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202
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+1 313-481-1357

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Detroit Public Library Main Branch tour

An exceptional tour given privately by well versed docents. A beautiful building to take a walk through. Amazing art and architecture in this Detroit Gem. A great way to spend... read more

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Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An exceptional tour given privately by well versed docents. A beautiful building to take a walk through. Amazing art and architecture in this Detroit Gem. A great way to spend the morning.

Thank glenna19492016
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They have a docent tour of the Detroit Public Library main branch for a reason. A breathtaking space full of history, art and architecture worthy of an afternoon's visit.

Thank mellokitty
Oakville, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016 via mobile

Other than some nice murals on the third floor, there is nothing special in this library. It's just like any other library, but with a really nice exterior. My visit here was quick break from the wonderful DIA across the street!

Thank AKAshon
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

I used to frequent the library when I was a teenager, so it was fun to pop in and bring back old memories. We went up to the 3 rd floor to see the gorgeous murals and ceilings. It is truly a work of art and very well preserved.

Thank Diane K
Warren, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

The place is huge and you could get lost in the building. I came down here to volunteer for Accounting Aid Society. I would choose this site again and take time to explore the resources.

Thank Susan M
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

I love the library in Detroit. The murals, the special section for children and all the wonderful architecture. Great city library.

Thank Joel K
Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2016

When you visit the Detroit Institute of Art, don't fail to cross the street to see the incredible second floor of the public library.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

There are some fine main public library buildings in this country. This is perhaps the finest, although I haven't been in New York City's for a long time and don't remember it well enough. If you can't get to Italy, some of the rooms here will suffice to give you a feel of what you are missing. It was built... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

The third floor in the library is like walking in to a museum! Sculptures and paintings, rare books and antique globes. We spent an hour just browsing the 3rd floor and enjoying the hush that all libraries used to demand. Beautiful stained glass windows and a small collection of Shakespeare was enough to make my soul content. There's a bit... More 

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Perris, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2015

This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Detroit. the marble staircases and the wooden tables are just stunning. This is definitely worth taking a trip inside. Directly across from the Detroit Institute of Arts, so this can make for a great afternoon!

2 Thank Rebecca A

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