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Motown Museum, Detroit

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#1 of 6 in Historic Sites in Detroit
To remember the period when Berry Gordy and an array of talented artists created the timeless Motown sound, visit Motown Museum. Known as Hitsville, USA, this humble building was once the headquarters and recording studio of the Motown record company and the birthplace of innumerable hits. Artists such as Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye recorded songs here. You can visit the famous Studio A, see a collection of photos and artifacts, and stop by the upper-floor apartment where Berry Gordy and his family used to live. Berry's own stereo system and Michael Jackson's fedora hat and sequined glove are just a few of the treasures here. All tours are guided, and the building is fully accessible to people with special needs. Put Motown Museum at the forefront of your travel plans using our Detroit trip planner .
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  • There is a lot of history packed in this tiny space. This is a fun few hour activity. This is something that can be done in a half day easy. Do not expect a large museum but you will see many treasure...  more »
  • We traveled through the museum reminiscing about the days of the Temptation, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and others. Photographs, art, artifacts, and memorabilia brought us back to the sixties. W...  more »
  • Visited with family, including 14 YO. Amazing, great, funny enthusiastic tour guide. I learned a lot, and we all walked out with a big smile. Highly recommend! We stayed in midtown, and ate at the Buc...  more »
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  • I love this place! This is my favorite Detroit area Historical attraction!! The meticulous attention to details in every room and part of the museum was very impressive!! Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and full of energy and she really loved her job and it showed!! I went with my mom dad and sister and they had a very enjoyable experience!! Great Staff!! Great attention to details and great overall experience!!
  • Very atmospheric and surprisingly emotional experience. The tour guide we had was fantastic and the finale in studio A was memorable. Absolutely incredible to think of the great music that came out of what was essentially a garage done up by Berry Gordy‘s father. A must stop tour for anyone who’s ever turned on the radio and listened to music.
  • Awe inspiring, amazing bits of history! Our tour guide was great and you can tell that she truly believes in the importance of motown and its role in history. It was mind blowing to see the amazing amount of time, work, love, sweat, tears and faith went into the whole movement. It is truly a must see if you are near Detroit.
  • Love this place! My surprise visit was super inspiring, as I'm an entrepreneur as well. It was fascinating to see how the influence of the founder's parents and family helped him develop into such a smart businessman. The tour was fun and our tour guide was enthusiastic and friendly. She also really knew her stuff. I highly recommend this tour! Lots of standing but there's an elevator to avoid most of the stairs.
  • I recommend every music fan 2 take the tour. You can just feel the greatness in the air! Very inspiring

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