Philip Levine reading. (Born in Detroit in 1928)
The Detroit Historical Museum, established in 1928, is one of America’s oldest and largest museums dedicated to metropolitan history.
Over 80,000 square feet of exhibition space house more than 600 historic artifacts in the heart of Detroit’s Cultural Center district.
You can stroll through more than 300 years of metro Detroit history, including a 19th century street scene known as The Streets of Old Detroit, and an authentic auto assembly line known simply as The Motor City.
Current exhibits include:
What makes a leader? Are there certain qualities or characteristics that define leadership? Are leaders a product of their time or would they have risen to such status regardless of when they lived? Moreover, why do some think of a particular leader as a “hero” and others as a “villain”?
Did you ever wonder how large the City of Detroit was 100 years ago? Do you know what song made its debut a century ago and is still sung by millions of people each year?
The 1920s is often called Detroit's Golden Age - find out why in this exciting temporary exhibit, which features a look at the skyscrapers, infrastructure and architects who made this decade great.
Learn about the City of Detroit's flag and official seal in this great exhibit!
Learn about Detroit's important role in the Underground Railroad in this exhibit.
Visitors will learn about five of the region's greatest entertainment venues in this temporary exhibit.
Come see what Detroit was like before the advent of the automobile!
A crowd favorite for years, The Glancy Trains are from the collection of Alfred R. Glancy Jr. (1908-1973), real estate financier and former co-owner of the Empire State Building in New York City.
An unique item on display and one that visitors frequently take photographs of is Meier’s “Wonderful Clock,” built in Detroit to demonstrate the skill of clockmaker Louis Meier, Sr. It served to advertise his jewelry store located on Gratiot and East Grand Boulevard.
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Henry Ford’s most successful early car, our Automotive Showplace features a 1911 Model T. Little did Henry Ford know that this “Tin Lizzie” was destined to change the world!
The Motor City exhibit is one of the Detroit Historical Museum’s most highly visible exhibitions, of interest to school groups, families and auto enthusiasts alike. Opened in December 1995, the goal of this exhibit was to provide a permanent display that would tell the stories of both how cars built metro Detroit and how metro Detroit built cars!
People from all over can view this exhibit and pay their respects to one of the world’s most honored
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