Go beyond the basics and immerse yourself in beauty and culture with our favorite Detroit alternative art museums.

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Cranbrook Art Museum

39221 Woodward Ave.
Bloomfield Hills, MI  48303
(877) 462-7262

This listing is a bit of a tease. In December 2008, Cranbrook Art Museum started a construction project that will result in the complete renovation of the landmark 1942 Eliel Saarinen-designed museum, including the installation of climate control and the addition of a new state-of-the-art Collections Wing. During construction, the galleries will be closed through Spring 2011. However, while the museum is under construction, it will be presenting a series of exhibitions in collaboration with Cranbrook Institute of Science.

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Elaine L. Jacob Gallery

480 W. Hancock
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 993-7813

Wayne State University’s Elaine L. Jacob Gallery is committed to presenting regional, national and international contemporary art exhibitions. This beautiful bi-level gallery features important works that are both challenging and thought provoking.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

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

The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is to present art at the forefront of contemporary culture. As a non-collecting institution, MOCAD is responsive to the cultural content of our time, fueling crucial dialogue, collaboration, and public engagement. The 22,000-square-foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its historic character. With its raw, flexible and cavernous spaces, the building is well suited to the exhibition of contemporary art.

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The Scarab Club

217 Farnsworth
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 831-1250

The Scarab Club building, constructed in 1928, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a site of historical and architectural significance. The club features a main gallery, a spacious beamed lounge area with fireplace, artists’ studios, and a walled garden and courtyard. Over the decades the beams in the lounge have been signed by club presidents, supporters of the arts, and well-known local and international artists, such as Diego Rivera, Norman Rockwell, Marshall Fredricks, Marcel Duchamp and Tyree Guyton.

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University of Michigan Museum of Art

525 South State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
(734) 764-0395

With the recent addition of a 53,000-square-foot expansion the restoration of historic Alumni Memorial Hall, UMMA ushers in a new era, a reimagining of the university art museum as a new “town square” for the 21st century. The museum’s collections include more than 18,000 artworks, representing over 150 years of collecting at University of Michigan.