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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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  • They have several great paintings there. They don't display them in a way that flows. It is kind of choppy. 
  • While there are some wonderful pieces, the museum was hard to navigate. I suspect there were many additions to the museum over the years, so it's a lot of up and down stairs and around long hallways. ...  more »
  • We went to DIA, thinking it would be a simple walk thru of exhibits, however it is a maze. If you have limited time and are just visiting Detroit, review the building layout, and form a plan. If you d...  more »
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  • The Detroit Film Theater is a beautifully restored theater within the Detroit Institute of Arts. I attended a film premiere there last night and it was amazing! The receptions were held in the Crystal Cafe upstairs. This space is an architectural treasure with it's soaring ornate windows, gorgeous chandeliers, intricate tile work, huge mirrors, and marble work. It is stunning! There were guests visiting from all over the U.S. and Italy for the event and I was so proud to show them our hometown.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Good acoustics....nice comfy spot to enjoy the performance.