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Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

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One of the first African-American Museums

Charles Wright was a doctor and Detroit historian. He collected items that he felt were pertinent... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Alan N
Well Worth the Visit

We visited on a cold, quiet mid-week winter day. We spent a little over two hours in the museum... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2018
East Lansing, Michigan
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Museum serves to document, preserve and educate the public on the history, life and culture of African Americans.
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315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201-1443
+1 313-494-5800
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Charles Wright was a doctor and Detroit historian. He collected items that he felt were pertinent to the history of black people in Detroit. His collection was transferred to the museum that was named for him. Other exhibits include the Underground Railroad.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Alan N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There were some very compelling aspects to the main exhibit, but in general, it seems very outdated. Most history museums I’ve visited use technology and real life artifacts. This museum has neither. They use awful looking mannequins that honestly are so fake looking that it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank JaimetravelsDET
Reviewed 29 November 2018

We visited on a cold, quiet mid-week winter day. We spent a little over two hours in the museum, and could have spent more time. The museum is beautiful, architecturally, with an impressive entrance rotunda. The exhibit "And Still We Rise" provides an historical overview...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Ellen_EL
Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

I’ll be honest, I feel that I need to visit this museum again. As much as I did see, I did not allot enough time to the “And Still We Rise” exhibit. The museum seems to make history come alive in a way that was...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank MsPearl105
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Very nicely done exhibit on African American History, including a fashion exhibit hall & one on hair. All so visited the Aretha Franklin exhibit. Definitely recommend.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Deuteronomy 28:64-68 King James Version (KJV) 64 And the Lord shall scatter thee among ALL people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, even wood and...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Reviewed 11 October 2018

Actually, I give this historical museum 4.5 stars. I am withholding one-half star, because of a few exhibit presentation failures, that could be easy fixes. The overall, building/floor plan layout, experience, flow, scholarly commentary and exhibits are first-rate, informative and surprising, in many instances. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank craighS3020GK
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

Very well done and moving depiction of African American history. A must see when you are visiting Detroit. The museum is set up as a timeline through history with interactive and life like rooms and visuals.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank suzannaj2017
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

I went for a visit at the museum with my friend, my niece and our cousin who are both teenagers. It was first time visiting the museum since I was a teenager. So much has been added and I love it. I had a really...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank mjgh8776
Reviewed 3 September 2018

Was in Detroit for family reunion when the museum was listed as a "must do" My sister and I spent Sunday there. Beautiful! Informative!! So much history! My sister and had a great time in the gift shop. Patient staff; we were shopping 30 minuted...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Jlsbabette
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Susie S
6 October 2018|
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Response from Jlsbabette | Reviewed this property |
It depends on the size of the group. With large groups there is more interaction with Q & A and picture taking - approx 2+ hrs. Smaller groups 1 to 1 1/2 hrs.
Tiffany S
6 December 2017|
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Response from clr2015 | Reviewed this property |
It's still very popular. Reservations are essential. Go to their website. There are various ways for admission including early afternoon first come, first served. But that is iffy. Truly an amazing experience.
9 May 2017|
Response from MCMatlock | Reviewed this property |
Yes slave ship is an ongoing exhibit