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“Wonderful exhibits celebrate the Motor City”

Detroit Historical Museum
Ranked #7 of 142 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Wonderful exhibits celebrate the Motor City”
Reviewed 23 July 2014

I am in the museum business and have a master's in Public History - I was VERY impressed with the museum, particularly their working assembly line exhibit and all of the areas that celebrate Detroit's rich history and culture. The gift shop is particularly nice with awesome chocolates and other items that are surprisingly affordable. It's catty-corner from the Detroit Institute of Art so make sure you don't miss it.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank stevereviews
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Dearborn, Michigan
Level 4 Contributor
46 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Free Admission, Valuable History”
Reviewed 12 July 2014

This museum is not much to look at from the street, but as soon as you enter, you notice that the museum has been completely renovated. From the basement "Streets of Old Detroit" which is a walk though the past history of the city as shown through an old Main Street setup, to the body drop from General Motors Clark Street Assembly which shows a real Cadillac body being dropped onto a waiting frame with engine and transmission. The entire history of the city is shown, including the beginning as a French fur trading post and on to the present day. It's definitely worth a look!

Visited July 2014
2 Thank Robert H
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Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Free?? Free!!”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

I cannot believe this little gem is free. Three floors of Detroit history, all nicely maintained and packed full of information. The basement floor is a recreation of the streets of Detroit with replicas of real shops that existed back in the day. The main floor contains the history of the settlement of Detroit, a timeline of the city through the years, and a display of its motor history. The top floor has a great little display of Detroit's contribution to the war effort as well as its place in the Underground Railroad. The gift shop has some nice collectibles that are Detroit-centric and a great collection of history books and photos for purchase.

When you visit, please don't forget to leave a donation - this place is worth it.

Visited July 2014
3 Thank GeekInTheD
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Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Went for Book of Mormon Play”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

Great place for a play there's really no bad seats. We sat up in the balcony and could hear the play fine. Staff was great and organized at getting people in and out.

Visited July 2014
Thank am1belle
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Yorktown, Virginia, United States
Level 6 Contributor
286 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Spent a couple of hours looking at all of the exhibits. Seemed like it was aimed at school children so there is plenty of history but it is all easy to read and fun to see. Loved the car exhibit and seeing Detroit evolve.

Visited June 2014
Thank Jon C
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