History museums show us how people used to live: in history museums with all their possessions behind glass display cases. Intrude on the past with this Groupon.
$32 for One-Year Ambassador Level Membership ($65 Value)
Membership benefits include access to the Detroit Historical Society's online database of historical artifacts, free museum parking, and reciprocal membership at more than 200 historical museums in the U.S.
Detroit Historical Museum
On November 19, 1928, the Detroit Historical Society opened the Detroit Historical Museum in a one-room suite on the 23rd floor of the Barlum Tower, earning it the nickname of highest museum in the world. These days, Detroit’s Cultural Center accommodates the museum in an 80,000-square-foot space, where interactive exhibits preserve more than 300 years of city history. Frontiers to Factories traces Detroit's transformation from French-frontier outpost to industrial city, while America's Motor City celebrates its automotive dominance with a changing display of classic vehicles and a 1903 Model T that guests can sit in. Streets of Old Detroit brings the 19th century to life with recreated cobblestone streets that wind past stores of the era such as a five-and-dime, a soda shop, and a barbershop for powdered wigs.
Thanks to recent renovations, the society has expanded its chronicle of Detroit with three new permanent exhibitions. Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy covers the ways the city's industrial infrastructure adapted to demands of World War II, and The Gallery of Innovation includes videos about renowned innovators and hands-on activities involving trial and error. As The Allesee Gallery of Culture examines the city's cultural history, its Kid Rock Music Lab lets visitors create and share their own music using interactive displays. Outside, the Detroit Legends Plaza honors the city's sports, entertainment, and media legends with cemented handprints and signatures from stars such as Lily Tomlin and Martha Reeves.
There are also amazing guest speakers that take you back into the era of Motown and Henry Ford.Torrie B., Yelp, 5/24/10
It's amazing to see what our city looked like in the time from the 1840s to the early 1900s. The docents are also amazing and know a TONAnnette J., Yelp, 11/11/11
5401 Woodward Ave
Detroit, Michigan 48202