Things to do in Detroit Michigan

There are many educational and fun things to do in Detroit Michigan on vacation.

You can visit Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village and Henry Ford Mansion and learn about the early days of the automobile industry.

Visit Motown Historical Museum and learn about the early pop music greats such as Stevie Wonder, the Supremes and Temptations.

If you enjoy culture consider spending a day at the Detroit Institute of Art, and the Detroit Science Center.


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Detroit Skyline

The Detroit Skyline

Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village
Detroit is known as the “Motor City” because of its influence on the automotive industry. The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village celebrate the the automotive industry along with other famous Americana.

The other famous Americana includes John F. Kennedy’s presidential limousine he was shot in, Thomas Edison’s laboratory and Abraham Lincoln’s chair from Fords Theatre. The museum also has the Wright Brothers bicycle shop, the Rosa Parks bus and a collection of several 17th and 18th century violins including a Stradivarius.

This is the nation’s largest indoor-outdoor history museum complex. It is definitely a five goose bump museum.

Henry Ford Mansion – Fair Lane
This historic landmark was built by Henry and Clara Ford in 1914. Henry Ford was a great nature lover and helped design the estate to blend into the environment nicely. There are sculptured wooded areas, river walks, wooded areas and more. There are public and group tours.

Motown Historical Museum
Besides being known as the Motor City, Detroit also has the nickname “Motown” because of its influence on pop music. The Motown Museum celebrates that heritage. You will learn about music greats such as Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Supremes, the Temptations, Rare Earth and more.

You can visit Studio A which was Motown’s original recording studio. At the museum you will review memorabilia in photos, videos, newspaper clippings and more.


More Vacation things to do in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts
The Detroit Institute of Arts has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States with over 60,000 pieces of art. There is art from Africa, Oceania and Indigenous Americas, America Art and European Art. It also has the James Pearson Dufy Department of Contemporary Art and General Motors Center for African American Art.

Detroit Science Center
This is an interactive “hands on” educational center to help make science, technology and engineering fun. It strives to help children understand these fascinating but sometimes challenging areas. There is the Chrysler IMAX Dome theater, the Dassault Systèmes Planetarium, The Toyota Engineering Theater and more.

For other fascinating Michigan vacation spots see:

Michigan Vacation Destination

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