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Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit

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Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit
MI
48202
Tel: 313 833 7900

Where are we going today?

Let's get lost in the world of art! The Detroit Institute of Arts has 658,000 square feet of amazing art to be learned from and enjoyed.

The museum has over 100 galleries to explore, all of which can introduce children to the various types of art that can be found.

It's a great way to begin conversations about what they think art is, and perhaps even inspire them to create something amazing.

The exhibitions at the Detroit Institute of Arts covers art from all over the world, so they will be exposed to different cultures and art styles. It's the best type of education!

The range of the galleries is immense and children will enjoy picking out images which they do and don't like, with older kids able to appreciate the scope of the collections. Perhaps you will be exploring famous artists like Rembrandt or Frida Kahlo, or perhaps you will be looking at a puppetry collection!

The Detroit Institute of Arts has a host of other family experiences that you can enjoy together. What about some world music on Friday nights? It's FREE with admission. What about Family Sundays where you can just take in the performances, workshops, and enjoy some story telling. What a great day to spend together!

If you do have children who are inspired, then check out the drop in workshops where kids can create, and make!

Guided Arts Tours, Art Talks, Art Workshops and Special Exhibitions are all available, and worth the modest surcharge to get the most of the visit.

Art fun in Detroit! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$4 (Ages 6 to 17)
  • Free Under: 5 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 5pm weekends / 9am - 4pm Tues & Wed / 9am - 10pm Thurs & Fri

All year round. Closed Mondays

Teachers corner

Schedule your field trip at the museum - it's a great way for the kids to learnt, and there are self-guided and guided tours available .

I'm Hungry!

Cafe DIA and Kresge Court are the places to stock up those rumbling tummies! From burgers, snacks, sandwiches, soups....you won't go hungry! .

Healthy Eating!

The Cafe has vegetables, salads, soups, and salmon. There are kids menus too .

Any Top Tips?

General museum admission is FREE to all visitors on Ford Free Sundays: the second Sunday of each month..

Need a little extra help?

Special needs facilities are available in the Farnsworth entrance. Give them a call for more information .

Can I get one of those?

Museum Shop is the best place to get your art souvenirs to remind you of your visit! .

More information

They always have family fun workshops and events - keep an eye out and make sure you visit some! .

What people are saying?

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    While the city of Detroit slowly crumbles under its own politically flaccid weight, the DIoA is a solid museum with a very high quality collection spanning classic art to some very good examples from the more recent past. Sadly, unless you are up for the ford motors tour, there aren't a lot of big draws to Detroit (and the museum is good, but not big enough to draw people from very far away), but this is certainly worth a stop if you're in the area.

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    parking was great. I could have found a free spot, if I like to parallel park. I paid 5 bucks for a fenced in lot. Easy to find. Not much traffic. Only 8 bucks a person. IN Chicago its like $20. Not crowded, good food and drink. Very clean. Everyone in Michigan should come down here. Its very nice.

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    I've been to a number of the world's great art museums (Met, MOMA, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Chicago Institute of Art, British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, all the Smithsonians, etc.) but am slightly embarrassed to say that I had never been to the DIA until recently, despite having spent my teenage years in mid-Michigan. I'm really glad that I took the opportunity to go on a recent visit home.

    Simply put: this is a truly great museum. Its collection is huge and varied, yet well-organized and well-curated enough not to feel like a jumble.

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    Great art by great artists in one building. Loved the Rivera Court!

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    As a young person, I really like the DIA. You cannot beat Riviera, Van Gogh, DeGas, Monet, Picasso, the Nut Gatherers, photos, drawings, etchings, etc. I just wish that there was a better way to see all the famous works without killing your legs. It seems that audio tours are limited to only some paintings. The DIA is overall pretty awesome, worthy of many visits.

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by Daniel Lenski

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I've been to a number of the world's great art museums (Met, MOMA, Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Chicago Institute of Art, British Museum, Ashmolean Museum, all the Smithsonians, etc.) but am slightly embarrassed to say that I had never been to the DIA until recently, despite having spent my teenage years in mid-Michigan. I'm really glad that I took the opportunity to go on a recent visit home.

Simply put: this is a truly great museum. Its collection is huge and varied, yet well-organized and well-curated enough not to feel like a jumble.

To pick just one example, I appreciated the very thoughtful curation of the American art wing, with useful explanatory plaques describe the social and political contexts of the works. Notably, works by African-Americans and other minority artists were thoughtfully integrated into the main exhibit, rather than being separated entirely into culturally or thematically distinct exhibits. This gave me a more nuanced appreciation for the complex relationship between art created by minorities and the larger American society and culture.

In addition to the diverse and thoughtful collection, I appreciated the accessibility of the DIA. At only $8 for adults (less for Detroit-area residents) it's an incredible bargain compared to all those other famous art museums. Museum docents and guards were uniformly friendly and helpful, without hovering excessively, and they were kind to let me leave to feed the parking meter and get lunch, then return with the same ticket. (On a related note, I'd recommend "The Potato Place" a couple blocks away for a good cheap way to fuel a day of art exploration.)

Basically, an all-around great experience. The financial woes of Detroit haven't affected the very high quality of the DIA, from what I could see, and I'm sending them a donation for a lot more than $8 to help keep it that way.

The Weather

Sunday

Conditions: Fog
Temp: 47° F / 8° C
Humidity: 94 %
Wind: ENE - 7 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Chance of Rain
Temp: 44° F / 7° C
Humidity: 89 %
Wind: NE - 11 MPH

Tuesday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 43° F / 6° C
Humidity: 84 %
Wind: WNW - 6 MPH

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