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Museums Tour (Self Guided), Detroit

You will find many interesting museums in Detroit that specialize in art, history, science and more. The most popular museum in the city is the Motor Sports Museum. Detroit historically has had close ties to the auto industry, and this strong relationship continues to this day. Take this self-guided tour to visit Detroit's best museums.
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Guide Name: Museums Tour
Guide Location: USA » Detroit (See other walking tours in Detroit)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: vickyc
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Wsu Anthropology Museum
  • Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
  • Motor Sports Museum & Hall
  • Detroit Historical Museum
  • Detroit Children's Museum
Museum of Contemporary Art

1) Museum of Contemporary Art (must see)

The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit or MOCAD is a non-collecting contemporary art museum located in Detroit's cultural center. The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement.

MOCAD is housed in a 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) building, a converted former auto dealership designed by architect Andrew Zago. The architecture is intentionally raw and unfinished.

Operation hours: Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm; Thursday – Friday: 11 am – 8 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Wsu Anthropology Museum

2) Wsu Anthropology Museum

You will find Wsu Anthropology Museum in Wayne State University's historic Old Main building on the first floor. The museum exhibits archaeological and ethnographic items that tell the history of the first French immigrants to Detroit and their interaction with the locals. There is also a contemporary collection that speaks to the city as it is today. The museum is open on Thursday- Saturday from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and Friday 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm.
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

3) Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (must see)

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the Cultural Center of the U.S. city of Detroit. Founded in 1965, it holds the world's largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. In 1997, it moved into a 120,000 square foot (11,000 m²) facility on Warren Avenue. The Wright Museum has dual missions, serving as both a museum of artifacts and a place of cultural retention and growth.

The Museum owns more than 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. Some of the major collections it is home to include the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, a Coleman A. Young Collection and a collection of documents about the labor movement in Detroit called the Sheffield Collection. Also in the museum is an interactive exhibit called And Still We Rise: Our Journey through African American History and Culture, seven exhibition areas devoted to African Americans and their lives, the Louise Lovett Wright Research Library, and the General Motors Theater, which is a 317 seat facility for film, live performances, lectures, and presentations. A terrazzo tile creation titled Genealogy is in the Ford Freedom Rotunda Floor and the museum is topped by a 100 feet (30 m) by 55 feet (17 m) glass dome. The museum store sells authentic African art and books, as well as other merchandise.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 1 – 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Motor Sports Museum & Hall

4) Motor Sports Museum & Hall

The Motor Sports Museum & Hall is housed in the Detroit Science Center. This museum displays a variety of historic and modern cars. There are classical cars, race cars, snow vehicles, motorcycles and more. You can view portraits of famous manufacturers and motor sports racers. You can also try a simulated driving machine and watch videos of famous races here.
Detroit Historical Museum

5) Detroit Historical Museum (must see)

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue in the city's Cultural Center Historic District in Midtown Detroit. It chronicles the history of the Detroit area from cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, the auto assembly line, toy trains, fur trading from the 18th century, and much more.

Attorney and historian Clarence M. Burton donated his collections to the Detroit Public Library in 1914 leading to the development of the Detroit Historical Museum. In December 1921, Burton brought together 19 prominent local historians to found the Detroit Historical Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the city’s history. In 1927, membership offices were leased and Society treasurer J. Bell Moran was appointed to set up a museum. A curator was hired and on November 19, 1928, the “highest museum in the world” opened in a one-room suite on the 23rd floor of the Barlum Tower, now the Cadillac Tower.

On July 24, 1951, the 250th anniversary of Detroit’s founding by Antoine Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac, the new museum was dedicated in an elaborate ceremony. In attendance were such dignitaries as Governor G. Mennen Williams, Mayor Albert E. Cobo, U.S. Senator Homer S. Ferguson, the French and British ambassadors and Detroit native and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Ralph Bunche of the United Nations.

In 1949, the Detroit Historical Museum acquired one of the last commercial sailing vessels on the Great Lakes, the J. T. Wing. It operated the ship as a museum until 1956 when it shuttered because of its deteriorating condition. On July 24, 1961, it was replaced by the Dossin Great Lakes Museum which opened on Belle Isle Park as a branch of the Historical Museum devoted to maritime history.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Friday 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Detroit Children's Museum

6) Detroit Children's Museum

The Detroit Children's Museum is the oldest children's museum in the U.S. Although it was built with kids in mind, it also can be very interesting and fun for adults. It offers a way for kids to learn about the world and themselves in an enjoyable way. There is a Planetarium where you can catch a "Night Sky" show. The museum displays many artifacts related to important events in the U.S. history, such as WWII.

Walking Tours in Detroit, Michigan

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Create Your Own Walk in Detroit

Creating your own self-guided walk in Detroit is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Tour of Detroit's Belle Isle

Detroit's Belle Isle is a wonderful island connected to the city by a bridge. There are many interesting tourist attractions on the island. You can visit a museum, stroll through a fairy-tale-beautiful park, see a memorial lighthouse and more. Take this self-guided tour to explore Belle Isle, which is fittingly named 'beautiful island'.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 Km or 4.2 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

Detroit is a multicultural city, which is reflected in the variety of churches found here. There are splendid Orthodox and Catholic cathedrals, as well as historic Protestant churches. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's most magnificent places of worship.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles
Dowtown Detroit Walk

Dowtown Detroit Walk

Detroit, being the oldest city in the Midwest, boasts a number of landmarks, many of which are concentrated in the downtown area. The must-see attractions in Detroit include the Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. This self-guided tour will lead you to the most fascinating landmarks and neighborhoods in downtown Detroit.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Henry Ford Tour of Detroit

Dearborn, a suburb of Detroit, is the town where the famous car maker Henry Ford was born. There are many attractions related to Henry Ford here. Visit the museum of Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Estate, historic Greenfield Village and more. Take this tour to learn more about Detroit legend Henry Ford.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Monuments Tour

Monuments Tour

There are many monuments and statues in the city of Detroit. Many wealthy Detroit residents have bequeathed money to the city specifically to build notable landmarks. Monuments to great personalities in the history of the city and the country are scattered across the city. Take this self-guided tour to see Detroit's unique monuments and statues.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 Km or 3 Miles