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Arab American National Museum, Dearborn

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  • As soon as you enter the door you are faced with the amazing architecture that celebrates the beauty of the arab world. There are art galleries, historical relics of the original arab immigrants to am...  more »
  • The space is quite lovely with high ceilings and daylight shining down. It did give an impression of a temple or mosque (not that I've been in one before). The lower level has static window exhibits h...  more »
  • If you like immigration stories this is the place to go. Highlights the arab americans immigrant story. Also explains many common american misunderstandings. Can be an eye opener for some. There are p...  more »
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  • A must see for anyone interested in the journey of Arab Americans, an immigration story that dates farther back than most people think. The rotating exhibits, performances, and movie screenings are fantastic and pertain to current events. The permanent collection is text-heavy, so give yourself plenty of time. My favorite is the letters exchanged between a young Jordanian woman and her parents after she informs them she is in love with an American man and asks for their blessing in marriage. Read the Arabic original text if you can as it is heartwarming; the English translation is pretty good too.
  • Very informative and friendly in a beautiful modern building ... park in the back ... enter in the front. I am so glad I finally made time to visit! As a non-Arab, I have always been curious about Islam and the Middle East, and this museum is perfect place to gain an understanding of those questions. I recommend following the phone-guided tour at your own pace. The staff was very friendly and helpful with my questions after my visit too.
  • I went on a one-hour group tour with some school mates. I had such a good time! The architecture, paintings, historical artifacts, and overall set-up of the museum was beautiful, engaging, and interesting. I Overall, it was because of our tour guides that this trip went beyond my expectations: she (the main tour guide) and her assistant were incredibly informative, enthusiastic, intelligent, engaging, and patient. A very mind-opening and educational trip (: I would definitely go again!
  • Great place to learn history.
  • My friend and I learned so much at the AANM. I learned how her cell phone could act as an interactive device for specific information on certain exhibits. I loved the giant map; the historical exhibits with real artefacts; the photography exhibit below-ground; the mosaics and islamic architecture. There was much that was worthy of praise. The history of Palestine was tastefully done; it was factual, not inflammatory. There were many great teaching tools. Thank you to all who contributed to the creation of this museum. Those of us who have lived in the Middle East and North Africa would feel, when visiting, that we had "come home." PS: Loved the food and warm, Middle-Eastern service at nearby Habib's, and the desserts at Shatila's. Also enjoyed buying the Jerusalem pottery in the gift shop.