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Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

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Detroit Institute of Arts boasts more than 100 galleries containing some of the most significant works from around the world--including Diego Rivera's famous Detroit Industry frescoes. Since the museum's founding in 1883, its permanent collection of American art has remained one of its most impressive assets, with the addition of the General Motors Center for African American Art. However, the museum houses more than 65,000 diverse pieces, ranging from Egyptian mummies to French-Impressionist paintings. The museum is on the National Register of Historic Places and hosts a number of visiting exhibitions, concerts, and events year-round. For Detroit Institute of Arts and beyond, use our Detroit trip builder to get the most from your Detroit vacation.
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  • Have visited from OOT a few times, never disappointed, a nice collection, easy to navigate, great area too.  more »
  • This place is fantastic! I think even non-artsy ppl will love this place. First off it's HUGE and it has something for everyone. I really love the center area cafe. Plan on having something small to e...  more »
  • The Diego Rivera murals are fantastic. The museum has a new director who has made a lot of positive changes. Also, food is great.  more »
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  • Lovely museum with a terrific collection. The highlight for me were the spectacular Diego Rivera murals commissioned by Ford, as well as important pieces by Van Gogh, Degas, Picasso & Matisse. But what really set this place apart from just about every other art museum I've been to on four continents were the docents. They would approach you in a gallery and ask if you had any questions, but were respectful if you just wanted to look at the art. What blew me away is that two separate docents on two different floors took our kids aside to talk to them about various pieces and engage them in a very genuine way allowing my wife and I a chance to really observe, for instance, the Rivera murals without distraction for 10-15 minutes. Those of you with small children (mine are 4 & 7) will realize what a treat this is. Overall a wonderful experience.
  • I visited the DIA a few months back. It was the first time I had been there in years and I LOVE the remodeling they have done. It is very up to date and easy to navigate and see different types of art in several theme based exhibits. It is a great place to learn outside of the classroom and I love seeing how they have brought it up to date. I took my family with me from infant to 70s and everyone loved it. The cafe is a great place to unwind, have a coffee and light snack. There is also a cafeteria where you can get lunch. You could easily spend a whole day visiting all the exhibits. Plus there are several hands on learning stations that help kids to examine the exhibits and learn more about what they are seeing. We will be back to visit the next time we are in town.
  • As an engineer, I am not the most interested person in arts. So after numerous years, we finally decided to go to the DIA, and it was fantastic. Did not have enough time to see everything, which was fine. I look forward to going again. What a large selection of world famous paintings. I also enjoyed the various arts from around the world, and from different times and epochs.
  • The variety of art meets every mood. Always look forward to discovering and rediscovering what is on display. From special exhibits, to music, food and drink you can't go wrong. Love the movies at DFT too!
  • I love history and art. Over the weekend I took my kids to visit so I could show them some of my favorites. We had a great time, in fact they asked if the could come back so they could finish. Theres so much. We were there for 3 hours and only saw select exhibits.

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