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Detroit Historical Museum

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Address: 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202-4097
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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Fascinating Exhibits of Early Detroit (Skip the Kid Rock Room)

An enjoyable museum for spending a few hours. This isn't a "warts and all" portrait of Detroit, and there's little emphasis on the city's dramatic decline of the 1960s-1990s (nor... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Brian W
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Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn, NY
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

An enjoyable museum for spending a few hours. This isn't a "warts and all" portrait of Detroit, and there's little emphasis on the city's dramatic decline of the 1960s-1990s (nor its recent upswing). But what you do get is a thorough introduction to the city's origins as a French settlement, its importance as a trading post, and its remarkable industrial... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a fine museum chronicling the history of Detroit. We were very impressed. As an added bonus, there was no admission charge. This should be in the plans of most visitors-it is that good.

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Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very proud of my city's museum! The old streets of Detroit alone is worth the trip. A great mix of history, autos and fun! Free of charge but after visiting you'll want to leave a donation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to get a history of Detroit that truly goes back in time, the DHM is the place to do it. From cobblestone streets and stores that go back to early in the life of the city, it has it all - and beautifully put together. The cost? Whatever you want to donate, plus they have a parking... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I enjoyed all of the interactive exhibits, especially the one in the basement, if i recall correctly, it was like walking in the streets of Detroit with cobble stones

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just recently remodeled and it is a must see, any historical buffs will enjoy the exhibits and especially see the mock up streets of Detroit transfer from 1700's to 1800's

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I really enjoyed my afternoon at the Detroit Historical Museum. It is a great educational resource. I arrived with on major question. Why had the automotive industry boom happened there? I found out that there had already been a booming steel manufacturing industry producing parts for the railroad industry (among others). The exhibits do a great job of helping visitors... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

I haven't been to the museum in a long time but it was quite refreshing to see how it has progressed. It was very well lit, the showcases were kept very clean as well as the rest of the areas we were in. We were downstairs in the cobblestone streets and everything was set up for perfect m perfection

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This museum is well worth 2 or 3 hours of your time, especially since admission is free. Covers the automobile industy of course, but also the earlier history dating back to the 1700s.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I was floored by how good this museum was. I arrived to find a seminar happening on the early French Canadian settlers in Detroit, and the speaker was so absorbing I stayed for an hour listening to her (and learning a HUGE amount about Detroit's early history). Then I took my time going through the exhibits, and I think they... More 

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