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Detroit Historical Museum

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Address: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number:
+1 313-833-7935
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09:30 - 16:00
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Tue - Fri 09:30 - 16:00
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Motor City Exhibition, where visitors see how a Cadillac is assembled,...

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.

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Small but nicely laid out museum, well worth the visit

This museum is modest in size and the exhibits are nicely laid out. It clearly demonstrates that prior to WW1 Detroit was already a HUGE manufacturing city involved in rail cars... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This museum is modest in size and the exhibits are nicely laid out. It clearly demonstrates that prior to WW1 Detroit was already a HUGE manufacturing city involved in rail cars and ship building. No wonder it was ready to crank out cars when the time came!

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Oakland County, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was browsing Tripadvisor to find somewhere to take the kids on a Sunday afternoon, this place caught my eye. We ended up going and staying for a few hours exploring the history of Detroit. The huge train display, the oldin' days town (as my kids described it) and the walk through history displays were the highlights. The was also... More 

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Jackson, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much great background and information! Parking was $7 but it's still a great deal for a way to spend an afternoon with the family. I don't think super young kids would get the most out of it but would recommend for 10 and up. We had teenagers and they enjoyed a good portion of it!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will love this place, especially families! I have visited this place since childhood and it never gets old. If you are a true historian, you don't want to miss this place. The best part of this place is "the basement," where you will find "the Old Streets of Detroit," where you can see the Detroit of old, complete with... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Many excellent exhibits, offering perspectives on Detroit that pre-date the birth of the "Motor City."

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Columbiaville, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been a while since I've been there but what I remember was it was well worth it. Just off Woodward in Detroit, it is easy to get to (but I think Woodward is under construction right now). From the beginnings of Detroit to Motown, what a tour. Oh, and its free too!

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Wallingford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is lots of fun and an easy way to learn all about Detroit, Michigan, and history. Upon entering, you can enter the Motown room with it's many displays, interactive features, and music recordings. Downstairs there is an extensive permanent exhibit of different decades of Detroit's history, all set up to look and feel like the real thing. You... More 

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Berkley, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favorite museums in Detroit. It’s a great place to take visitors, and I feel like I learn something every time I visit. The museum is free to visit, donations are always accepted and welcomed and I try to have a little cash to drop in the bucket. The lower level is the historic streets of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Right across the street from the Inn I stayed at so I popped in before heading out to meetings. Glad I did. Got a great overview of Detroit's history. I did the whole museum in an hour because I had to fit it in but could have spent another hour reading all the signage. For a quick visit I highly... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I used to look forward to the school trips to the museum. As an adult I was a little disappointed, the museum had hardly changed at all.

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