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“Best Kept Museum Secret in the D”

Detroit Historical Museum
Ranked #7 of 155 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed February 3, 2014

It's free and has a ton of cool exhibitions about the history of southeastern Michigan. There is a flexible exhibit space which features seasonal shows as well.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Despite having been to Detroit many times I didn't know this place existed until my shuttle driver pointed it out. Right across the road from the Institute of the Arts, you really should make time to include it in your agenda. Firstly it is free entry - donations are welcome and having been I happily contributed - but importantly it puts the city into perspective and has some great exhibits. The piece of the Cadillac production line and the explanation about the growth of the motor industry in the city is essential background for petrolheads. The street recreation on the lower level is an intriguing way of explaining the city's development in an atmospheric and entertaining way. The story of the Underground Railway to help escaping slaves from the South is sombre and sobering but a reminder of just why Detroiters are so warm and welcoming and there are lots of other displays to surprise you - who knew Detroit was once America's biggest ship-building location, or the world centre of stove-pipe production! A great place to spend a couple of hours learning why Detroit became the centre of the industrial world.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you haven't been to the Detroit Historical Museum since its recent 2013 facelift, it looks much better. It is much brighter, more colorful, and more interactive. Thankfully, they left the bottom floor streets of Detroit exhibit as well as the large train layout alone so if you liked them from before, you will be happy to know they are each still there.

I went during Noel Night in downtown Detroit and it was not only free admission but fully staffed so you get the full experience. It is in the Museum district within walking distance of the Detroit Institute of Art and Charles Wright so you can make a day of Museums and only park once.

1  Thank jkoz148
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

I was in Detroit for vacation and one of my stops was the Detroit History Museum. While the entry fee was free, I still gave a $5 donation and it was well worth it. Part of the museum consists of the streets of old Detroit, before the 20th century. The museum covers everything from Detroit's founding till present day. My favorite exhibits included America's Motor City (I'm a big car nut), the role Detroit played as the Arsenal of Democracy during WW2 and The Kid Rock Music Lab, a look at one of the countries richest music scenes. Everything from the Motown Sound to The MC5 to Bob Seger to Eminem and the White Stripes. And if you're looking for an interesting Detroit souvenir, the museum has a nice gift shop.

This museum is a great place to discover the important role Detroit has played in our history and it's close to many other outstanding attractions.

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Reviewed December 31, 2013

My husband and I visited over holiday break. I had forgotten was a great place it was to visit. Admission is free - but a donation is requested.
The gift shop sells snacks and beverages. (No additional food/beverage service is available.)
There is a parking lot just behind/to the side of the building. It cost $5. We visited on a Sunday and utlized the street parking around the building. (Street parking is free on Sundays,)
I recommend looking reviewing the lay-out of the exhibits before you start. We didn't and found ourselves traveling back and forth in time as we walked around. (i.e. started in the late 1800, moved to the mid 1900 and then back to the 1700s.)
It took us about 2 hours to see everything - but I could have spent more time, if I had the opportunity.

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