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Motown Museum, Detroit

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#1 of 13 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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  • This museum is great. Incredible to think that Barry Gordy, Jr. actually recorded so many famous performers in this space. The fact that they maintained the original furnishings is impressive. They have so many cool exhibits and insights into recording at this house and time in history. I never thought about training in the Motown way...turning raw talent into professional acts. Fascinating. I would highly recommend if you have any interest in music, this time period or building a business. So cool.
  • This place was amazing! Grew up listening to Motown and had this on the bucket list. I was so glad I did it. Worth every dime. This recording label delivered more than music. It delivered a message and the tour guide put it in perspective. Thank you Jordan. When we met i thought id be schooling you. Thank you for educating me. Awesome stories you told. The staff was super friendly so props to the management. You have a awesome team. There is alot of Detroit luv in this house.
  • I really enjoyed this tour... It was one of the best tours I have ever been on... This tour gave me chills because of all the great artists/icons that were signed to Motown and recorded there.. The tour was led by Jordan, who is beyond incredible... He sang songs throughout the tour, which kept the tour entertaining.. He is the greatest...If you are ever in Detroit, this needs to be the first stop... You will definitely be transformed back to that great era of time when magic and miracles were being made by Berry Gordy...
  • Awesome museum and will soon be getting better with a major expansion. I thought you could just wander through the museum, but they have guided tours that start at the top of the hour. The tour guides are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining! It's awesome that the tour ends in the actual studio where so many Motown stars recorded their many hits.
  • I had so much fun. The female tour guide was awesome, sorry I can’t remember her names. Even the security guy was awesome too. The History was amazing. I learned things that happen in this place I had no clue had happened. If you never been it’s worth it. I will bring my kids back next year to see this historic hits village. All I can say is what an experience...
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