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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.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.

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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.