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Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is a great museum for all ages and backgrounds. In addition to having a wide range of works (artists, genres, and years) there is also a lot of information to interact with, free guided tours (on...  read more »
  • What magnificent works of art..all different kinds from statues to paintings to pottery. Islamic to Catholic and Asian to African and everything in between. And we only toured the entire 2nd floor lol...  read more »
  • I wish I had more time or started on the 3rd floor and worked down. Incredible art, beautiful museum and educated staff. Picasso, Warhol, Degas and van Gogh to name a few. It was an extreme value at $...  read more »
  • Exceptional collection held by one of the titanic cities of American history. The modern/contemporary wing regularly rotates through a large Fluxus collection with several excellent permanent pieces from Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, and Robert Irwin, to name a few. If you enter the American Landscapes collection and are not greeted by the inimitable Cotopaxi, be certain to come back again. It's breathtaking.
  • Hands down one of the best art museums I have experienced. The Kresge courtyard with the cont couches and live music was a surprising and wonderful treat. Every exhibit was beautiful and the way this space winds around from contemporary to American all the way to African and Asian art... It's amazing... If you're in Detroit it would be a shame not to visit.
  • A great place to see a movie! No, there's no popcorn, and you can't eat in the historic theatre, and the bathrooms are few and far away - but it's so beautiful, so spacious! A really nice place to see films, whether anime, documentaries, foreign films or just oddities. Go early and grab a snack in the Crystal Cafe, where they also have light lunches available. Oh, and join the Friends of the DFT, an auxiliary of the DIA, and you'll get free admission to some screenings, plus some parking passes, and you'll have the satisfaction of supporting a great institution!
  • This has to be one of the best at museums in the country, and certainly the best for the money you pay. Free for County residents, and $12.50 for anyone else, it has 3 entire floors of art and artifacts from as far back as Native American, Greek, and Roman times, into Contemporary art only a few years old. Highlights are the incredible contemporary African American art collection, the contemporary glass art room, the special Dance exhibition for techno week (complete with reproduction of interactive Andy Warhol /Jasper Johns exhibit), contemporary collection overall, especially the sculptures, and of course the massive Diego Rivera fresco, in which you could easily spend an hour. Volunteer docents are extremely helpful and friendly with nest facts and tips for exploring such a vast space. You could literally spend all day here and not quite do everything. The collection is also quite beautiful, a testament to the curatorial abilities of the museum. There were a few times where I was almost brought to tears at the beauty on display (although maybe I just haven't appreciated art in a while). Highly recommended.
  • Love the DIA, love the DIA's film theatre. This is midtown at its best. Enjoy a glass of wine in the Crystal Gallery before the show or indulge yourself with some Champagne. Dress up if you feel like it. You won't feel out of place in jeans or a suit. Just like in the nearby Kresge Court, you can meet fellow Detroit denizens here who share your love of art and culture.
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