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Elevate your day and learn something new at one of our local museums. From art and science to local industry, there’s something for everyone.

 

Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202 | 313.833.7900
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is one of the premier art museums in the United States, is it home to more than 60,000 works. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.  Admission is free to residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents.

 

Hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday-Thursday: 9am to 4pm

Friday: 9am to 10pm

Saturday-Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Admission:

  • FREE to residents of Wayne, Oakland & Macomb counties
  • Adults $14
  • Youth (6-17) $6
  • Kids (5 and under) FREE

Cranbrook Institute of Science
39221 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, 48304 | 248.645.3200

Cranbrook Institute of Science promotes experiences in STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). The planetarium at Cranbrook Institute of Science is an intimate theater that allows you to explore and experience the universe. It features a state-of-the-art Digistar star projector that allows star fields and other images to be projected and moved through.

 

The Erb Family Science Garden, designed by Landscape Architect Peter Osler, is situated in the courtyard of Cranbrook Institute of Science. Within a dynamic garden of Michigan native plants that change with the seasons, the science garden displays water for which the Great Lakes are famous – featuring water in its vapor, liquid, and solid states. At the garden entrance, flow pools drop in stages of three terraces, cascading over a waterfall.During the winter, ice forms over a steel, cage-like structure to create a “House of Ice” that looks like ice along the shores of the Great Lakes in the winter. In the lowest zone, the “House of Vapor” is an open, concrete outdoor chamber where mist rises mysteriously from the floor, returning water vapor to the atmosphere.

 

Hours:

Monday: closed

Tuesday-Thursday: 10am to 5pm

Friday-Saturday: 10am to 10pm

Sunday: 12pm to 4pm

Admission: Varies based on time and exhibit

  • Adults $5-13
  • Youth (2-12) $5-9.50
  • Kids (2 and under) FREE

Charles H Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201 | 313.494.5800
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History opens minds and changes lives through the exploration and celebration of African American history and culture. This 125,000 square foot museum includes “And Still We Rise: Our Journey Through African American History and Culture,” the museum’s 22,000 square foot, interactive core exhibit, which attracts and enthralls thousands of visitors per year. An amazing adventure of history, art and achievement awaits you or your group at The Wright Museum!

 

Hours:

Monday: closed (except on MLK Day and in February)

Tuesday-Saturday: 9am to 5pm

Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

Admission:

  • Adults $8
  • Youth (3-12) $5
  • Kids (3 and under) FREE

Arab American National Museum
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI, 48126 | 313.582.2266
The Arab American National Museum (AANM) is the first and only museum in the United States devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. By bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences, we continue our commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities. Since opening in 2005, the Museum has shed light on the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.

 

Hours:

Monday & Tuesday: closed 

Wednesday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

Admission:

  • Adults $8
  • Youth (6-12) $4
  • Kids (6 and under) FREE

 


The Henry Ford Museum
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI, 48124 | 313.982.6001
Step into a world where past innovations fuel the imagination of generations to come. A vibrant exploration of genius in all its forms, Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation allows you to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing yourself in their stories. Step inside the bus where Rosa Parks took a stand by taking a seat. Play pilot as you explore flight innovations, starting with the Wright brothers’ achievements, or make yourself at home inside Buckminster Fuller’s circular Dymaxion House. Put yourself in the place of the movers and shakers who blazed the trail to where we stand today. And in doing so, discover your own path.

 

Hours:

Daily: 9:30a-5pm

Admission: Additional fees for special exhibits

  • Adults $22
  • Youth (3-11) $16.50
  • Kids (2 and under) FREE

Greenfield Village
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI, 48124 | 313.982.6001
Experience 300 years of American history at the one and only Greenfield Village (part of the Henry Ford Museum). Explore the 93 acre campus, watch artisans at work, ride a Model T and more. Greenfield Village’s annual Salute to America, Hallowe’en and Holiday Nights are popular regional events.  The Village is closed January thru mid April.

 

Hours:

April – October: 9:30am to 5pm; daily

November: 9:30am to 5pm; Friday thru Sunday

December: select evenings for Holiday NIghts

Admission:

  • Adults $27
  • Youth (3-11) $20.25
  • Kids (2 and under) FREE

Ford Rouge Factory Tour
20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI, 48124 | 313.982.6001
Pop open the hood on game-changing technology, sustainable design and sheer American grit at America’s greatest manufacturing experience. Get an inside look at the making of America’s most iconic truck, the Ford F-150, and immerse yourself in modern manufacturing’s most progressive concepts. Experience the awe-inspiring scale of a real factory floor as you rev up your inner engineer. This is where big ideas gain momentum. Tours begin with a 15 – 20 minute bus ride from The Henry Ford to the Ford Rouge Factory Tour Visitor Center.

 

Hours:

Monday-Saturday: 9:30am to 5pm (last tour leaves at 3pm)

Sunday: closed

Admission:

  • Adults $18
  • Youth (3-11) $13.50
  • Kids (2 and under) FREE

Motown Museum
2648 W Grand Blvd,  Detroit, 48208 | 313.875.2264
The Motown Museum is home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia, the Museum’s mission, which is presented below, is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Company and to educate, motivate people, especially youth.

 

Hours:

September – April

Tuesday-Saturday: 10am to 6pm

Sunday & Monday: closed

May -August

Monday: closed

Tuesday-Friday: 10am to 6pm

Saturday: 10am to 8pm

Sunday: 10am to 6pm

Admission:

  • Adults $15
  • Youth (5-17) $10
  • Kids (4 and under) FREE

Detroit Historical Museum
5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, 48202 | 313.833.1805
The Detroit Historical Museum is the only museum dedicated to chronicling our region’s history. Permanent exhibits include the Streets of Old Detroit, Allesee Gallery of Culture, Kid Rock Music Lab, Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad, Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy,” America’s Motor City, and The Glancy Trains. Changing exhibits rotate throughout the year in spaces including our Booth-Wilkinson Gallery, Community Gallery and Automotive Showplace.

 

Hours:

Monday: closed 

Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am to 4pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 5pm

Admission: Suggested donation


Dossin Great Lakes Museum
100 The Strand, Detroit, MI, 48207 | 313.833.5538
The Dossin Great Lakes Museum is dedicated to showcasing the story of the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history. Permanent exhibits include Built by the River in the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Foundation Gallery, the Miss Pepsi vintage championship hydroplane, the Gothic Room from the S.S. City of Detroit III, the S.S. William Clay Ford pilot house, and one of the largest known collections of scale model ships in the world. Significant artifacts include a bow anchor from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald and an 18th century British canon salvaged from the Detroit River.

 

Hours:

Friday-Sunday: 10am to 4pm

Special event hours

Admission: Suggested donation


Holocaust Memorial Center
28123 Orchard Lake Rd, Farmington Hills, MI, 48334 | 248.553.2400
The Holocaust Memorial Center Zekelman Family Campus opened in 1984. Local Holocaust survivors, with community support, founded the museum to teach about the senseless murder of millions, and why everyone must respect and stand up for the rights of others if the world is to prevent future discrimination, hate crime and genocide. As Michigan’s only Holocaust museum, the Holocaust Memorial Center annually touches the lives of more than 85,000 individuals, who leave the museum profoundly affected with a newly acquired sense of history, social responsibility and morality. The Holocaust Memorial Center’s exhibits create a call to action, teaching visitors through the examples of those who risked their lives to save others, and asking its guests to react to contemporary challenges such as racism, intolerance, bullying and prejudice.

 

Hours:

Monday: 9:30am to 8:30pm

Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday: 9:30am to 5pm

Friday: 9:30am to 3pm

Saturday: closed

Admission:

  • Adults $8
  • Middle and High School Students $5
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Carrie Budzinski is the Vice President of LittleGuide Detroit. She grew up in Livonia and Detroit and continues to live life in both cities. Carrie loves exploring the city and finding hidden gems in the suburbs..

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