Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan – Museums To Visit First

As the birthplace of the automobile, Detroit is renowned for attractions that are themed around cars. I have got you covered on those attractions here. The rise of the automobile in Detroit in the early 20th century enabled members of the prominent automaker families to live lavish lives within their mansions in the area, all of which you can now visit.

Aside from all of those attractions, Detroit is known for its world-class museums and you will want to visit them all for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. But, let’s imagine that you have a limited time to spend in the city. You may be wondering which ones you should visit first.

This is where I come in to help you out. Here are the three museums to visit first. They are all located in the northeastern section of Midtown Detroit known as the Art Center. This area is noted for its neat concentration of museums.

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Michigan Science Center

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The Michigan Science Center is located on John R Street just north of its intersection with East Warren Avenue. This museum houses over 250 hands-on exhibits. So, there is a lot for you to discover there. They are categorized into separate groups including, but not limited to, engineering, space, health and wellness, motion, and a cool area for kids called Kids Town.

In the engineering category, you will have a chance to walk the eighty-foot long Mini Mac Bridge. There is a roundabout for you to travel around within the category. The US Steel Fun Factory is also housed there and is well worth checking out. Within the health and wellness category, you will discover how hidden factors affect people’s health.

It will also allow you to explore what it means to have good nutrition and fitness. You will also gain insights into how making smart choices will improve your health. The motion category deals with the physics of matter and energy including circuits, electrical loads, magnetic fields, simple machines, light, among others. The cool town in Kids Town is built to scale with children aged from 2 to 5 in mind.

It provides them with a place to learn basic science concepts through a variety of fun activities. Probably the best of all the categories I have mentioned is the space one. It provides you with interesting insights into the history of human space travel. It houses cool rocket technology which is nice for rocket enthusiasts who have not had an opportunity to visit Huntsville, Alabama.

The category also provides you with an exciting way to explore the galaxy and the sun. These are just some of the things you will discover at the museum. In addition to the many hands-on exhibits, you will want to check out the live performances where they will show off fun experiments. One example of this is Kaboomistry in which physics and chemistry are mixed in order to produce loud, flashy effects.

The price of admission to the museum range from $16 to $24. You can head here to buy your tickets. Also, if you are hungry, there is an onsite restaurant called the Cosmic Cafe.

Detroit Historical Museum

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The Detroit Historical Museum is located on Woodward Avenue at the intersection with West Kirby Street. This is the museum where you can learn about the storied history of Detroit that go back three hundred years. The museum houses eleven signature exhibits that explore all aspects of Detroit’s history from the automobile’s birth to the city’s role in the production of military equipment during World War II to its music legacy.

The best of these exhibits is called the Street of Old Detroit. This is the exhibit where you can travel through a re-creation of Detroit as it looked during three time periods. They are the 1840’s, the 1870’s, and the turn of the 20th century. It is designed to give you a visual look at how Detroit had transformed from being a rural frontier town to being an industrial city.

You will get a better feel for what buildings, streets, and businesses were like during these three time period. Another interesting exhibit to point out is called Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901. This exhibit will walk you through the things that the residents of Detroit did for work during that two-century time period.

This just scratches the surface for what you can learn at the museum as it relates to the city’s history. The admission fees for the museum are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, active military members, and first responders, and $6 for children. The admission is free for those under the age of 6. You can visit here to buy your tickets.

Detroit Institute of Arts

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The Detroit Institute of Arts is located on Woodward Avenue right in between the Michigan Science Center to the southeast and the Detroit Historical Museum to the northwest. The museum has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. It houses a stunning one hundred galleries for you to check out. There are more than 65,000 artworks dating from the earliest civilizations to the present.

They are divided into eight art themes. They are Africa, Oceania & Indigenous Americas, American Art, The Arts of Asia and the Islamic World, European Art, Prints Drawings & Photographs, African American Art, Contemporary Art, and Performing Arts. A few artworks to note here include Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle and Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait painting.

The fees for admission into the museum are $14 for adults, $9 for seniors, $8 for college students, and $6 for youth aged from 6 to 17. Those who are under the age of 6 will receive free admission. Those who are hungry can visit Cafe DIA and Kresge Court – both of which are located onsite. Souvenir shoppers should browse the museum’s shop, DIA Shop.

These are the three museums to visit first for things to do in Detroit, Michigan. I will be talking more world-class museums in the city in my next post. So, stay tuned.

Detroit Hotel

If you are looking for a hotel to stay overnight at during your Detroit visit, I have got you covered here. Here is a hotel that I would suggest you to book your stay with.

Aloft Hotel at The David Whitney

This hotel is located on Park Avenue in front of Grand Circus Park in the heart of downtown Detroit. It is housed inside a beautiful restored building known as the David Whitney Building. The boutique hotel houses a bar called W XYZ. Should you get hungry, downtown Detroit is bustling with restaurants. A few of them include Lafayette Coney Island, Michael Symon’s Roast, and Hudson Cafe.

The hotel is home to a beautiful four-story atrium. So, you will want to check it out. There is a 24-hour fitness center available for your workout needs. Many of the hotel’s upscale and chic rooms and suites offer breathtaking views of downtown.

Baseball fans, in particular, will be pleased to know that certain rooms and suites will offer unobstructed views inside Comerica Park which is where the MLB’s Detroit Tigers play baseball. All rooms and suites at the hotel will offer 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? Have you visited any of these museums yet? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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