Best Overlooked Cultural Gems In Detroit

November 3, 2011 8:52 AM

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Here are a few cultural gems to consider in the Metro Detroit area. You may have overlooked these before, but they are worth a visit. Even if you have visited them in the past, it’s worth your time to take a second look.  Several of these gems have undergone renovations or additions to their offerings.
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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 832-6622

MOCAD is one of those places that judging from the outside you would most likely not even think twice about what it is, or going inside. This museum contains such creative artwork that it has become a must see. To make it even more attractive, admittance to the museum is absolutely FREE! The museum was recently closed to add exhibits, visitors will be treated to a brand new experience.

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Detroit Historical Museum

5401 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-1805

How about a museum that is so historic it features a cobblestone street inside? The Detroit Historical Museum covers over 300 years of Detroit’s history and includes exhibits like The Streets of Old Detroit and The Motor City. Too often this museum is overlooked, and it shouldn’t be. Add this to your must see list.

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Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

1100 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236-4106
(313) 884-4222

Visit the place Edsel and Eleanor Ford called their home in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. The house is filled with their original antiques and art. You can go to the Ford Estate to learn about their legacy and to check out special events, lectures and classes.  You will be surprised the impact this family has had on other cultural institutions in the Detroit area.

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Charles H. Wright Museum

315 E Warren Ave
Detroit, MI 48201-1443
(313) 494-5800

This is the world’s largest museum that is dedicated to African American History. This museum owns over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials. The interior design of the building is sure to leave you amazed. This museum is also ideal for weddings, celebrations, plays, lectures and more.

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The Detroit Science Center

5020 John R Street
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 577-8400

From the human body to lightening, to the solar system, The Detroit Science center is a great place to take your kids to learn about science and why things work the way they do. With tons of hands on exhibits and a 3-D IMAX theater, your kids are sure to stay engaged.

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  • Kevin G.

    The Belle Island Conservatory could be on this list. The Orchid collection is marvelous along with the cacti collection. It is a shame some have defaced the cacti by carving into them. Additionally, the structure, much like Michigan’s infrastructure, could use some repairs.

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