Museums Tour of Detroit, Detroit (Self Guided)

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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Museums Tour of Detroit Map

Guide Name: Museums Tour of Detroit
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: 3.2 km
Author: vickyc
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.

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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 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.
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.

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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: Wednesday – Friday: 9:30 am – 3 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday: 12 – 5 pm.

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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. It is open all week except for Sunday.

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.
Cultural Tour of Detroit

Cultural Tour of Detroit

Detroit is a multicultural city heavily influenced by the automobile industry. The city has a thriving arts scene and boasts many art galleries and theaters. This self-guided tour will lead you to Detroit's best cultural attractions.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
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
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: 5.6 km
Monuments Tour of Detroit

Monuments Tour of Detroit

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
Dowtown Detroit Orientation Walk

Dowtown Detroit Orientation 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: 4.7 km
Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Nightlife Tour of Detroit's New Town

Detroit's New Town is the more modern part of the city and is where the campus of Detroit University is located. There are many great bars and nightclubs in this area that cater to a younger crowd. Take this self-guided tour to explore the nightlife in Detroit's New Town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Detroit for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Detroit has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Detroit, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.