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“Well done, though a touch heavy modern race related politics...”
Review of Motown Museum

Motown Museum
Ranked #3 of 150 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This old Detroit home belies the greatness that was born here: the Motown Sound. But one step inside Hitsville, USA, the original house where Berry Gordy lived and recorded the Motown hits, and you'll catch the beat and spirit of this booming music era. Photos, costumes, artwork, music and other memorabilia take you back to simpler times.
Reviewed November 23, 2012

I write this as a Motown fan, but if I'm being honest I'd have to say that: 1) the facilities are nicely restored; 2) the video prior to the tour and many parts of the tour effectively bring back some of the nostalgia from the Motown music hey days; 3) this museum has an amazing collection and tons of great history you probably won't find elsewhere; but 4) the pretty constant flow of modern race based politics layered on top of all of this by the tour guide was a tad heavy for someone simply looking to get a feel for the great folks and company behind Motown music (again not just straight civil rights related politics, some of which is well presented and makes sense given the racial break through that Motown music helped along during the 60's and 70's.).

All in all, still very much worth your time and money to check out this site. I think the vast majority of people can easily parse for themselves the historic aspects of the presentation, versus anything else the tour guide may layer on top of all the great history and information this museum has to offer.

Thank MMarshall76
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

Fun, short tour. The place has so much musical history that I think they could do better. The souvenier store did not have all shirt sizes, there are several parts of the place where you can not go inside, the upper part of the museum which is where Berry Gordy used to live is basically closed off, you can see things from a distance. Though $10 is not much for a tour, its probably overpriced for what you actually see and do during the tour.

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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Great tour worth the $10 Glen was great, I never tip guys for anything but I did tip the gentleman...I will definitely go back first chance I get and take more people back with me...

Thank Trukfit
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Reviewed November 7, 2012

This was the best tour ever. A young man named glen showed us around. He was apparently Stevie wonder's godson, entertaining and very informational. They currently have another exhibit under construction that I can't wait to return to see. It was wonderful to learn the in's and out's of this piece of history. To stand in the very same spot as so much talent is truly touching. Not to mention glen really made you feel like you were apart of it! Love that kid!!! Go, go now....pack your packs and go this place!

Thank Tips_r_appreciated
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Our tour guide was incredible! Can't believe that I don't remember his name right now, but he was an African-American & shaved bald. =\ Great singing voice! The experience was off the chart - hard to believe that I stood in the same studio where Diana Ross & the Supremes recorded!!

Thank kermit2945
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