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“Something for Everyone”

Detroit Institute of Arts
Ranked #1 of 142 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.
Hampton, VA
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Something for Everyone”
Reviewed May 9, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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Huntington Woods, Michigan
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“I love the DIA”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

I've been a member of the DIA for several decades. I just love this place.
I especially like the impressionist and renaissance gallery's.
Excellent first run traveling exhibits. Constantly in the top 10 in the country.
Sundays Breakfast with Bach and Friday Swing music in the Rivera Hall...What's not to like.

Visited October 2012
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Waterloo, Ontario
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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“Highlight of a Detroit culture weekend”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

Seeing the Diego Rivera murals has been on my list for awhile after reading The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. They did not disappoint, and the gallery volunteer was very informed and passionate about them. Enjoyed the rest of the museum and the cafeteria was good value.

Visited April 2013
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Memphis, Tennessee
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“Great for art lovers!”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Great place to visit! Detroit Library is just across the street but you could spend all day in the museum alone!

Visited September 2012
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“Truly a jewel in a resurgent Detroit”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

The Detroit area, Michigan, the entire Midwest, and, for that matter, the entire United States, is most fortunate to have access to this magnificent museum. We have been fortunate enough to visit art museums throughout the world and the DIA ranks at the top of that list. But don't just take my word for it. Read the rest of the reviews and then see the DIA for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

Visited October 2012
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