We are knowledgeable about some art, clueless about other. The wide and vast collections of DIA makes it great for every type of visitor and there are works for varying interests. After recent study, I enjoyed seeing so many good pre-Columbian works but I was lost in Diego Rivera's murals. I really needed and appreciated the attending docent who was happy to explain. She made sense of it all and what first was for me just confusion, too many scenes and people, became a highlight of our visit. In other areas we also found staff members or volunteers who answered questions. They all also made a point of greeting us and making us feel welcome. Van Gogh's expressive self portrait and Breugel's delightful Wedding Dance are amazing, well worth a long drive to see, but it's also quite nice to feel as if you're viewing them among friends. Our whole visiting experience gave us, out of staters, good feelings about this museum and Detroit itself. We've heard about the hard times; we're impressed with what this area is doing so well. Note - the parking garage below the museum was closed but there is a convenient lot across the street from the bus/group entry; cost was $5. We recommend stopping for lunch - good variety, good food, reasonable prices.
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