Detroit is home to a number of world-class museums for you to check out during your time there. In my previous post, I discussed the three museums within the city that you should visit first for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. Today, I am going to introduce three additional museums for you to visit in the city.
Two of them are located near each other in the northeastern section of Midtown Detroit which is also where the first three museums I mentioned previously are concentrated.
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is located on Woodward Avenue to the north of the intersection with Canfield Street in Midtown Detroit. The building that houses the art museum was once home to an auto dealership which makes sense given Detroit’s storied history as the birthplace of the automobile. The art museum is home to an ever-changing selection of exhibits focused on contemporary art.
There are currently three exhibits available for you to check out. They all run from early July 2020 to early January 2021. They include Peter Williams: Black Universe, Conrad Egyir: Terra Nullius, and New Red Order: Crimes Against Reality. The first exhibit is notable for its figurative and abstract paintings, all of which were by Peter Williams. There are more than two dozen of them in this two-part exhibit.
These paintings speak to art historical references, allegories, current events, and personal life experiences. The second exhibit is dedicated to Detroit-based visual artist, Conrad Egyir. This exhibit is known for his artwork involving figurative characters that reside or bestride three geographical areas – Detroit, New York, and Aburi, Ghana.
Conrad’s artwork explores how citizenship, migration, hybrid spaces, and political and religious revolutions are defined by the cultures of these three locations. The third exhibit takes place across two galleries and is centered on the desire for indigeneity through the lens of digital culture, experimental media, and emerging technology.
Everyone aged 12 and up can enter the art museum at a suggested donation of $5. Those who are aged under 12 can enter for free.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
If you are a history buff interested into learning about the history of African Americans, the best place in Detroit for that is the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. It is located on East Warren Avenue around nine minutes walk northeast of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. The African American history museum’s central exhibit is called And Still We Rise.
This exhibit cover more than twenty galleries and offer visitors a comprehensive look at the resilience of African Americans throughout history. It explores their triumphs and tragedies. A few major events that you will experience as you make your way through this exhibit include the Middle Passage, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil Rights Movement.
The Middle Passage was the 16th century event in which enslaved Africans were forced into ships on voyages across the Atlantic ocean from the west coast of Africa to the land that would ultimately become the US a few centuries later. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses in the US during the mid 19th century where African Americans escaped slavery without being caught.
The Civil Rights Movement saw African Americans fight for the same rights afforded to their white counterparts in the US in the mid 20th century. One thing you will notice as you navigate the exhibit is a replica of a Middle Passage slave ship. It contain wall paintings of the scenery designed to make you feel as if you were on the voyage during that period.
The admission fees for the museum are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and youth aged from 3 to 12. Free admission is granted to those under the age of 3.
Music buffs visiting Detroit will definitely want to pay a visit to the Motown Museum. It is located on West Grand Boulevard northwest across Interstate 94 and M 10 from Midtown. It occupies three of the original historic homes that were once used as a recording label called Motown Records. It is popularly known as Hitsville USA. It was notable for popularizing the Motown style of music.
The name, Motown, was born out of Detroit’s nickname – the Motor City. It was founded in 1959 by famed African American music executive, Berry Gordy Jr. It operated in Detroit until 1972. It was noted for being an African American-led recording label during the racial segregation era. As a result, it played a critical role in the racial integration of popular music.
The signature attractions of the museum is the iconic Studio A and Control Room where famed musicians, singers, and producers worked in recording sessions. Some well known names include Norman Whitfield, Eddie Holland, Smokey Robinson, and Lamont Dozier. During your tour of Studio A and Control Room, you can check out the instruments, equipment, and the recording console.
Another place worth checking out at the museum is Berry Gordy’s Flat which is the upper unit of the recording label where Berry Gordy Jr. once lived. Two notable features you will see there are a dining room table and Berry’s stereo. The admission prices for the museum are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and youth aged from 5 to 17.
Those of you who are under the age of 5 can enter for free. You can visit here to purchase your tickets for the museum. Those of you looking for souvenirs may want to check out the Motown Museum Store onsite.
These are three more museums you should check out in Detroit. If you would like to broaden your horizons for things to do in Detroit, Michigan, I would suggest you to visit the three beautiful mansions in the area that once belonged to the prominent Ford and Dodge auto-making families.
If you are looking for a hotel to stay at during you are in Detroit, I am happy to help you out with this. Here is a hotel I would suggest for you.
Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney
This hotel is located inside of a beautiful restored building known as the David Whitney Building. It is on Park Avenue in front of Grand Circus Park in the heart of downtown Detroit. The boutique hotel houses a bar called W XYZ. Downtown Detroit has plenty of restaurants for the hungry such as Lafayette Coney Island, Michael Symon’s Roast, and Hudson Cafe.
There is a beautiful four-story atrium within the hotel. For your workouts, you can visit the hotel’s 24-hour fitness center. Many of the hotel’s upscale and chic rooms and suites will treat you to breathtaking views of downtown. Baseball fans will be delighted to know that certain rooms and suites offer unobstructed view inside Comerica Park, home of the MLB’s Detroit Tigers.
All of the rooms and suites will come with WiFi, mini refrigerators, and coffee makers. The average rate for a standard room range from $221 to $402. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.
What are your thoughts? Are you looking to visit these three museums in Detroit? Feel free to leave a comment below.