Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan – The Museums Of The Suburbs

Detroit is know for being home to numerous world-class museums. Most of them are located within the city limits with many of them being concentrated in Midtown Detroit. You can learn about them by visiting here and here. Even though most of the museums are located within the city of Detroit, there are a few out in the city’s suburbs that you will want to check out for things to do in Detroit, Michigan.

The Henry Ford

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The Henry Ford is located on Oakwood Boulevard in Dearborn which neighbors Detroit to the west. This is the most well known museum in the Detroit suburbs. So, you will want to head to this one first. There are actually two museums located within this large, impressive hybrid indoor/outdoor complex. They are the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation and Greenfield Village.

This is the largest hybrid indoor/outdoor museum in the United States. Overall, this museum complex is dedicated to the history of all things Americana. The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation explores the inventions and breakthroughs that transformed the United States. There are at least 22 exhibits for you to discover at the museum.

Some of the exhibits you will see at the museum include Agriculture, Your Place in Time, With Liberty and Justice for All, Heroes of the Sky, Made in America: Manufacturing, Made in America: Power, Driving America, Henry Ford’s Violins, Clockwork, and Mathematica. The other museum, Greenfield Village, takes the form of a village and explores the American way of life that extends three hundred years into the past.

Within this living history museum, there are seven districts for you to explore. They are Working Farms, Liberty Craftworks, Henry Ford’s Model T, Railroad Junction, Main Street, Edison at Work, and Porches & Parlors. The admission prices for the first museum in the complex are $25 for adults, $22.50 for seniors, and $18.75 for youth aged from 5 to 11.

As for the second museum, the prices of entry are $28 for adults, $25.25 for seniors, and $21 for youth aged from 5 to 11. Both museums provide free admission to those who are under the age of 5. You can go here to order your tickets for both museums. Just over a month ago, I published a post that focuses on The Henry Ford if you would like to dig deeper.

Cranbrook Art Museum

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The Cranbrook Art Museum is located on the beautiful Cranbrook campus on Woodward Avenue in Bloomfield Hills which is located about 25 miles northwest of downtown Detroit. This museum is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art.

Some of the well known artists with their works showcased in the museum include Charles and Ray Eames, Harry Bertoia, Maija Grotell, Carl Milles, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, and Roy Lichtenstein. There are currently three exhibits available for you to check out across multiple galleries.

They are Shapeshifters: Transformations in Contemporary Art, Headspace: Jim Dine’s Glyptotek, and The Detroit Printing Co-op: The Politics of the Joy of Printing. Located just outside the museum on the beautiful grounds are fountains and public garden spaces with sculptures spread throughout.

The entrance fees for the museum are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $6 for students. Those who are under the age of 13 will get free admission. You can click here to buy your passes. The museum also offers a variety of tours around the Cranbrook campus including three beautiful residences. So, if you are interested, you can head here to see which of the tours is right for you.

Cranbrook Institute of Science

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The Cranbrook Institute of Science is located just to the north of the Cranbrook Art Museum with the Cranbrook campus in Bloomfield Hills. This museum deals with natural history. There are about fifteen exhibits in total at the museum. So, I will go over some of them here to give you a better sense of what you can expect to see at the museum.

In the Acheson Light Lab exhibit, you will see seven different types of glass and see how they are illustrated when the sun’s rays pass through them. When you are in the Every Rock Has A Story exhibit, you will see the many ways in which our planet itself has changed and will change. Rocks and minerals help to tell stories about the history of Earth.

The Ice Ages Come And Go exhibit is the place where you will see how Michigan’s landscape was shaped by glaciers. The Ice Age Survivors exhibit explores how large animals managed to survive in North America during the last ice age and the impact that it has had on the character of the modern fauna, both in North America and across the world.

If you are looking to get up and personal with a full-sized skeleton of T-Rex, the best place to do that is the Life Changes Over Time exhibit. If you are feeling brave enough to get yourself right in front of the jaws of one of the most dangerous predators in the ocean, then you will want to head to the Megalodon exhibit.

The admission prices for the museum are $13 for adults and $9.50 for seniors and children aged from 2 to 12. The admission is free for those under the age of 2. Also, there is an onsite restaurant called Reflections Cafe available.

These are the museums that are located in the suburbs of Detroit. So, you will want to visit all these museums for things to do in Detroit, Michigan.

The Hotel

If you are in search of a hotel to stay at during your time in Detroit, I have got you covered here. Here is a hotel that I would suggest for you.

Comfort Inn Near Greenfield Village

This hotel is located on Michigan Avenue just across the railroad tracks from The Henry Ford in Dearborn. There is complimentary breakfast available to you at the hotel. If you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Ford’s Garage, Eagle Tavern, and Lamy’s Diner. The hotel offers an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.

All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come equipped with WiFi, microwaves, coffee makers, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $74 to $181. You can head here to browse your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you visited any of these museums in the past? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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