5 Local Museums to Visit on Your Next Day Off


Detroit is full of history and what better way to celebrate that history than an afternoon visit to one of its many great museums? The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Henry Ford Museum are two of the more popular and beloved museums in the area, but here are five other museums that we think you should check out.

Detroit Historical Museum

The Detroit Historical Museum is dedicated to telling the city’s rich history with signature and changing exhibitions. Signature exhibitions include America’s Motor City, Doorway to Freedom – Detroit and the Underground Railroad, and Kid Rock Music Lab. The museum also features limited engagement exhibitions that rotate throughout the year. There are special events happening throughout each month, so be sure to check out their calendar.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

The world’s largest institution dedicated to the African American experience, the Charles H. Wright Museum has over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials celebrating African American history and culture. The museum also has exhibits such as The Ford Freedom Rotunda, And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture, and the Ring of Genealogy. The museum is located on Bush Street, next to the Detroit Science Center and one block away from the DIA.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit (MOCAD) is an outside the box kind of museum as it features the best contemporary art in visual, literary, music, and performance arts. Located between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the DIA, the museum showcases art that is truly unique and rotates exhibitions regularly. Be sure to check the schedule so you don’t miss out on any of interesting events.

Motown Historical Museum

The Motown Historical Museum is the place to check out if you are a fan of classic Motown music. Founded in 1985, the museum is home to Studio A, where many Motown artists recorded their hit tracks. The museum features an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs, and other memorabilia.

Tuskegee Airmen National Historical Museum

The Tuskegee National Historical Museum honors African American aviators who flew during World War II and their achievements following the war. The museum features model aircrafts, equipment, supplies, uniforms, photographs, and video presentations. Tours for five or more are given throughout each day and the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday until September 30.