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Motown Museum, Detroit

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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. Using our international travel planner, Detroit attractions like Motown Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • My spouse and I visited the Motown Museum on a Sunday morning in early July 2017. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm (with extended hours on Saturday evenings until...  more »
  • This is one of the highlights of Detroit. The Docent Guides are fabulous. The tour connects you with the whole Motown Movement. A great history lesson is perseverance and great music.  more »
  • There's street parking and plenty of it unless there's a funeral service going on at the funeral home next door. The admission was $15 but you can get 20% off by downloading and using a Detroit Go Car...  more »
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  • I love Motown. This was my second visit and it was great. I loved seeing all the photos of my favorites singers and love hearing how Berry Gordy started the company. If you haven't been you should plan it for your next trip.
  • A must-see for anyone visiting Detroit. It's a place of huge cultural and historical significance. Learned so much about the drive and the ingenuity of the people behind music I grew up listening to. Couldn't help but feel moved by the passion our tour guide exuded. Loved it and am so glad I went!
  • Great place to experience where it all began! The tour was pricey, but there is no other place in the world that you can see that much Motown history where it all happened. Great experience!!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the subject also! Recommend to anyone visiting Detroit.
  • Crysta Cleara's review is pretty true. Plus, the last station on the tour, Studio A, and the gift shop are not handicapped accessible. The tour fee is not particularly expensive; I feel that I definitely got my money's worth. BUT, but, three members of our party were cheated because one was in a wheelchair and two others stayed with her to keep her company. Then too, accessible parking should at least be afforded to the handicapped. Surely, something can be done.
  • It was so awesome getting to learn the history of Motown!! Great tour guide, friendly people :) love love love the music!! My mom use to listen to this music growing up and it was nice to go somewhere she had been :)

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