Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit

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The Detroit Historical Society tells Detroit's stories and why they matter.

The Society is responsible for the overall management and operations of the Detroit Historical Museum, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and a collection of more than 250,000 artifacts.
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  • Had a great time attending an event. Great Motown music, clean, welcoming and safe environment for everyone. Great historical artifacts to reminisce upon during our time here. Beautiful great times of...  more »
  • always find something at this museum that you haven't seen, many industrial type exhibits from the auto industry  more »
  • Free entry to the museums. Parking next to the museum cost $7 per entry, so park on the streets if you are not going to take long. There are lunch rooms in the basement, so you can bring your own lunc...  more »
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  • What an incredible community resource. I love the displays, exhibits, especially the frontier Detroit areas. I think the downstairs area with the street and different eras of the city was beautifully put together, I think it would be a great place for a prom or something. Also the exhibit on the riot was powerful. Would go again. A quick and educational must see.
  • This museum is excellent for visitors of all ages and it is free. We just paid $ 7 for parking. The displays offer a wealth of information about Detroit's history as well as the surrounding areas. Did you know that the museum's collection contains over 250,000 precious artifacts. We loved the movies that were located all throughout the museum. They were not too long and to the point. Benches are available for those who like to sit. You can take the stairs or elevator to visit all 3 floors. There are various displays and play areas for children. The lower level looks like an old village with shops and an awesome train display. The trains move and you get the accompanying sounds make it all look real. The museum does accept donations. We will definitely go back, especially with visitors from out of town.
  • A wonderful interactive museum that displays the history of Detroit in an enjoyable way for all ages! They have recreated old streets and shops indoors that you can walk through to have a full immersive experience as if you have been taken back in time to witness what life was like in that era. There is a wide range of exhibits from trains, to the automobile assembly line, to Detroit Sports and much more. I would definitely recommend this as a must visit to everyone traveling to Detroit as well as residents and families of all ages.
  • Museum contains life size reproductions of streets and shops from the 1800s, a great model train display (if small), music lab, car assembly line, riots exhibit (not kid friendly, but very good), and information about the development of Detroit from a trading post to an industrial powerhouse. Good information, poor displays. Not bad for free, though parking is $7 per vehicle. They will let you keep your car there all day even if you're going someplace else.
  • This is one of the best museums I've ever been to. There is so much to see and it's well put together. In the basement is a recreation of an 1840s town. There is also a really fun train display. There's a lot of information on how cars are made and the history of cars. Also, sports bootlegging, skyscrapers, and all kinds of things about Detroit There is also a civil rights display that is excellent! This is a museum that is well worth your time!!
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