There’s no simple way to define Detroit’s culture. How can one properly summarize a city that draws from so many different cultures to begin with? There is no way to wrap it all into a phrase other than to say this: Detroit is a city with a heartbeat that echoes it’s earliest days, even with the influx of new restaurants, apartment complexes, and global corporations.



Detroit Institute of Arts

Not to brag, but the Detroit Institute of Arts houses great artwork from Van Gogh, Degas, Rembrandt, and Renoir. And we have the world-famous Diego Rivera mural. Talk about a Detroit art museum. Located in Midtown, this Detroit staple has concerts, workshops, special exhibits and a movie theater on top of all the great artwork.



Henry Ford       

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn is one-of-a-kind. In addition to housing iconic American items such as the chair Lincoln was assassinated in and the Rosa Parks bus, this museum focuses on American Innovation at its finest. From assembly lines and the Dymaxion House to planes, trains and automobiles, The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation will have you learning about the past and getting inspired for the future.




Motown Museum

The Motown Museum, formerly known as Hitsville USA, was the original headquarters and recording studio of the record label and was open 22 hours a day, with famous and upcoming artists cycling in and out on a regular basis. The museum now features iconic photos, costumes and records from the era, and the three-home lot even created exhibits out of the recording studios and Berry Gordy’s upstairs apartment. This is one of the most popular tourist destinations of Detroit and a visit really brings to light Detroit’s place in popular culture.





Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Museum is exactly what it sounds like – a detailed, comprehensive history of Detroit. You can walk through the streets of old Detroit, learn about the history behind the Detroit riots, and see all the businesses that sprouted from Detroit. You’ll learn things you never knew about The D




Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Located in Midtown near the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Wright is dedicated to exploring and celebrating African American history and culture. This museum also offers concerts, plays, film screenings, lectures and children’s programs throughout the year.

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Michigan Science Center

The Michigan Science Center is an interactive museum in Midtown. A perfect museum for kids in Detroit, the center also hosts after-hours events for you to explore the museum solo (and with drinks).



Arab American National Museum

The Arab American National Museum is the only museum in the world dedicated to the history and culture of Arab Americans. How lucky are we to have it in Detroit? Check out this museum to learn about Arab Americans coming to and living in America, and making an impact.




Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus

Michigan’s Holocaust Museum will give you the opportunity to learn about the Holocaust in the context of world history. Learn about Jewish Heritage, the rise of Nazism, the concentration camp system and the postwar period. You may even get to hear a lecture from a living Holocaust survivor.



Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

If modern, funky and unique art is more of your scene, be sure to check out the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Located near the Detroit Institute of Arts, you could make a whole day for yourself checking out drastically different types of art in this Detroit art museum