Sightseeing in Detroit


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  • Motown Historical Museum
    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.
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    2648 W Grand Blvd
    Detroit, MI US
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
    For an art museum, the flat, cracked facade of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is shockingly stark, yet there's beauty in its realness. The walls that once framed an abandoned car dealership now host Barry McGee's "Untitled" mural of writ-large graffiti on the building's exterior, greeting people with an uncompromising sense of honesty that permeates through to the art collection within. MOCAD's informal approach to art exhibition shares a kindred spirit with few other museums, with exhibits that swap museum-imposed artifice for relatable, raw beauty. That didn't go unnoticed by The New York Times, who hailed the collection for "seeing the seediness, and celebrating it." Never straying from a mission to present contemporary works that reflect the current culture, inspire dialogue, and engage the community, MOCAD's stunning exhibitions narrate the history and future of the Motor City. Public programs such as lectures, literary readings, live music performances, films, and children's educational activities further engage visitors, and the MOCAD store offers exclusive t-shirts, magazines, kid's toys, and jewelry.
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    4454 Woodward Ave.
    Detroit, MI US
  • Fourteen East Cafe
    Don't settle for an inferior brew! The java at Fourteen East Cafe will perk you right up. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Fourteen East Cafe is kid-friendly, so little ones are welcome to tag along. Get your whole crew together at Fourteen East Cafe, offering lots of special space for larger parties. Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Fourteen East Cafe with their complimentary wifi. No need for a wardrobe change when you hit Fourteen East Cafe — it's strictly casual. Fourteen East Cafe can also cater your next party; call today for details. You can also grab your food to go. Sidle into a space on the street or park your vehicle in the adjacent lot. You won't get sticker shock from your bill at Fourteen East Cafe — prices are usually less than $15. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card.
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    15 E Kirby St
    Detroit, MI US
  • Backseat Detroit, L.L.C.
    Offering unique "backseat" tours of Detroit, tour guide and Michigan native Joseph C. Krause hops into tourists' cars where he guides them through the streets and sights of the city. Often taking roads less traveled, his tours take visitors on an insider's route through the ever-evolving metropolis where he sheds light on little-known facts. Tour routes are entirely customizable, Krause is a wealth of knowledge on any trip, which can last anywhere from a few hours up to an entire day.
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    1431 Washington Blvd
    Detroit, MI US
  • The Heidelberg Project
    In 1986, artist Tyree Guyton began painting abandoned houses, arranging found objects into sculptures, and decorating abandoned cars on a two-block stretch of Heidelberg Street on the city’s east end. The Heidelberg Project, as the undertaking came to be known, is a commentary on urban decay and remains just as impactful decades after its inception.
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    42 Watson St
    Detroit, MI US
  • Detroit Derby Girls
    Detroit Derby Girls' wicked roller chicks (some of whom can be seen in the 2009 film Whip It!) have been blocking, jamming, and pivoting since the first Women’s Flat Track Derby Association conference in 2006. Today, as many as five home teams sprint around the track at the Detroit Masonic Temple. To join their ranks, strap on your skates and head to Derby! U, an action-packed one-day recruitment seminar.
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    500 Temple St
    Detroit, MI US

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