Detroit Historical Museum Detroit

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Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Avenue
Tel: 313.833.1805

Where are we going today?

The Detroit Historical Museum has been giving families a place to visit on their day out since 1928. That's a lot of happy families!

Detroit is an AMAZING city, with an incredible history, so it only seems fitting to have an entire museum dedicated to it! In fact, it's the ONLY museum dedicated to it!

The Detroit Historical Museum has both signature exhibitions, as well as changing ones which there will always be something new for you on future trips!

The Signature Exhibitions showcase over 300 years of the city's rich history - and cover a number of topics!

What would a museum about Detroit be without those iconic motors! America's Motor City exhibitions lets you explore the stories of how the cars were built, and also how the cars built the city!

You can get up close to the story of the underground railroad, which is actually home to a number of safe houses with people wiling to help runaway enslaved people. Pretty amazing stuff! 

From Frontiers to Factories, hear the stories of those workers living in the city from 1701 all the way to 1901. What do you think it would have been like to grow up in Detroit in the 20th century? We bet it's pretty different to what you know today!

Did you know that music played a bit part in Detroit's history too? The Kid Rock Music Lab is a fun and interactive space for kids to explore the legacy of Detroit's music. All the way from Gospel to Mowtown. 

It's an amazing experience walking through the streets of Detroit as they would have been back in history, so step back in time and learn things about this amazing city you never knew!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree!
  • ChildrenFree!

When can we go?

9:30am - 4pm Tues to Fri / 10am - 5pm weekends.

All year round. Closed weekends.

Teachers corner

There are guided and self-guided tours for school groups. Teachers are free, and there are programs for different age groups so you can work out something perfect for you! .

I'm Hungry!

You're in Detroit! There are plenty of places to grab food before or after your experience .

Doing our bit

The museum are dedicated to this amazing city, and have really preserved the stories of the people and history.

Need a little extra help?

If you have special needs, then give them a call to see what accessibility there is for you .

More information

Parking is $6 in the adjacent lot on Kirby St. .

What people are saying?

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    Perhaps the best kept secret in Detroit that really everyone should know about.
    So fun and interesting! DO NOT leave without visiting the lower level SO COOL!

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    Very cool and free.

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    Wow. A broad spectrum of Detroit history exhibited in an interesting and interactive way.

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    Its FREE. lol. And its full of great Detroit History. Furthermore, my kids have been there times and times and times before and they still love looking around that museum. The lower level is there favorite floor. If you visit, you would know why?(Donation Based Organization, so please leave a donation)

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    My son went there on a field trip and said it was the funnest time ever!

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