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The Detroit Institute of Arts takes the “s” at the end of its name seriously. The immense Beaux Arts building on Woodward Avenue isn’t only a setting for a top-tier collection of visual works that include Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes, a van Gogh self-portrait, and ancient sculptures from Africa and Asia. It also opens the doors of its lecture halls, event spaces, and auditoriums for craft workshops, wide-ranging talks from historians and people who know how to draw really good cubes, film, and music. The latter two art forms find a home in the Detroit Film Theatre, a gilded, neoclassical auditorium that preserves a sense of coziness amid the grandeur.

3011 W Grand Blvd
Detroit,
MI
US

Established: 2007

Reservations/Appointments: Required

Staff Size: 2?10 people

Pro Tip: For the tours, dress comfortably and for the weather

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Detroit Eastern Market Tours

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Linda Yellin, Founder

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

Going back to when I started showing people the gems of Detroit as a hobby in 2001, we strive to take people behind the scenes to see and experience things that they may not discover on their own. We have long-standing close relationships that allow us access to places and people that will surprise and delight our tour guests. Our goal is for everyone to say "Wow! That's cool, I didn't know that was here!"

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Prepare yourself to experience, explore, and enjoy Detroit, as we help you to become more familiar with all the fascinating things the City has to offer.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

We warmly welcome our guests, treating them like family and friends. Our signature style is fun and engaging, and not too serious. We have a great time while we are learning and exploring. Even people who are long-time Detroit visitors, residents, and supporters learn new things on our tours, and have a fabulous time doing it. We have lots of repeat guests, and we conduct private tours for all kinds of groups and occasions.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Beyond Eastern Market tours, we offer all sorts of outings all around the City of Detroit, private and public, by foot, car and bus, emphasizing the food, fun, architecture, music, history, culture, art, and unique neighborhoods of our City. Customized tours are our specialty: for family groups, friends, co-workers, social clubs, seniors, school children, community recreation departments, social workers, and non-profit organizations.

440 Burroughs St
Detroit,
MI
US

Anyone who sets foot near 9001 Woodward Avenue is likely to catch a chill this season. WADL?Detroit has transformed 25,000 square feet of space into the Tomb of Doom Haunted House. Among the horrors that await: the?Maze of Terror, from which visitors can only hope to eventually return.

9001 Woodward Ave.
Detroit,
MI
US

It's not often that a personal trainer also has a gospel album to her name, but Lazet Michaels Boatman has had a busy?and varied?career. An NASM- and ACE-certified personal trainer, Lazet also hosts her own fitness TV show and wrote the book Workout & Worship: 8 Steps to Physical & Spiritual Health. But reading books and watching TV aren't the only ways to learn Lazet's techniques. You can also pick them up in person at The Life Center Private Fitness Facility, where she and her team lead personal-training sessions. Lazet's workouts aren't necessarily meant for bulky bodybuilders. Instead, they emphasize functional fitness, using light weights and high numbers of repetitions to help clients tone their abs, arms, and glutes.

1629 Holden Street
Detroit,
MI
US

Standing in the shadow of Hitsville USA—the original home of Motown Records and the studio that launched the careers of Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson—Motown Museum preserves the legacy of soul’s most successful label. Immersive exhibits trace the roots and eventual impact of Motown on popular culture, demonstrating how Gordy achieved the signature sound or how James Jamerson challenged and beat the devil in a bass-playing contest. Visitors get a chance to sing into the innovative Echo Chamber—a hole cut into the ceiling that created the reverb sound synonymous with hit recordings such as "Dancing in the Street." A steady stream of photographs and other rhythm-and-blues memorabilia leads amblers into “Studio A,” which contains the original instruments and equipment used to record The Jackson Five and Gladys Knight during Motown’s Detroit era. Crowds gather around Michael Jackson’s signature glove-and-hat ensemble, which he himself donated to the museum.

2648 W Grand Blvd
Detroit,
MI
US

More than 100 years ago, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant was on the cutting edge of innovation?the first 12,000 Model Ts were made on its premises. But over the years, the "Birthplace of the Model T" was neglected, and in 1997, afraid that the bulldozers were lurking around the corner, ready to raze the premises, a committee was formed to investigate saving the plant. The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex purchased the New England?mill-style structure two years later, transforming it into an auto museum and National Historic Landmark. Today, the museum is one of the oldest automotive plants open to the public in the city of Detroit.

The venue?s exhibits chronicle not only Ford?s rise to the forefront of the automotive industry, but also lesser known tales. Visitors can learn about other car models built there, such as the Model N, and about other automakers, such as Wayne and Brush.

461 Piquette St
Detroit,
MI
US