Detroit Cultural Center Historic District

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Detroit Cultural Center Historic District

Detroit Cultural Center Historic District
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This area includes Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, the Detroit Science Center, the Detroit Public Library and Wayne State University.
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI477 contributions
Detroit's museum district is worth a visit!
Jan 2021
Home to the many of the city's oldest cultural institutions, Detroit's Cultural Center is walkable and full of vintage houses, museums, and public art! The Detroit Institute of Arts has a world-class art collection and the Diego Rivera Industry Murals as well as fabulous temporary exhibitions; a casting of Rodin's Thinker sits in front. The Detroit Public Library is a jewel for both its architecture and art inside and out as well as its Burton Historical Collection of local history and genealogy materials. The Detroit Historical Museum, the Wright Museum of African American History, and the Michigan Science Center all have permanent collections and exhibits as well as occasional temporary displays. The Scarab Club holds contemporary art exhibitions (sometimes juried) as well as hosting music and other events. The College of Creative Studies has a wonderful campus that features the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden and the Yamasaki-designed Arts & Crafts Building. Take a walk on Ferry Street to enjoy the beautiful homes, notably the 1890s Victorian homes that comprise the Inn on Ferry Street, the castle-like Hecker House (now Wayne State U Tierney Alumni House), and Freer House (once home to Charles Lang Freer, who donated his art collection to the Smithsonian). Enjoy the architecture and sculptural details of the Rackham Memorial on Farnsworth and the Maccabees Building across Woodward Avenue. And there is more to see on the Wayne State University campus. Check each institution's website for more information on their history as well as admission fees and policies. And during these COVID times, there may be restrictions on entering an institution. Enjoy!
Written 24 January 2021
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Michael L
Chicago, IL90 contributions
Worth a look
Sep 2020 • Couples
Given the location... And I know this sounds snobbish or elitist... The DIA collection is good. They have a few noteworthy pieces and some good surprises. They handled the Covid restrictions well and it was easy to get around without being near a lot of people directly. I have no idea though about their air handling. If you are in Detroit with a few hours to spare the DIA is worth your time. Don't miss the Van Gogh!
Written 25 September 2020
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BoomerKool
111 contributions
Museum...Museum..and more!
Feb 2019 • Friends
You can't go wrong by being in this general area where there are museums and interesting location to explore. You can go from museum to food to museum to all the terrific locations along the way and come away with a memorable experience from during the day to evening depending on how you plan your day.
Written 16 March 2019
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JXXXR
4,893 contributions
Great area of town
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Detroit Cultural Center Historic District is a great place to visit, home to to many of the cities best museums and great hotels this area gives you a nice feel of an old school America.
Written 24 January 2019
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StockholmKindaGuy
Marietta, GA7,299 contributions
Culture, Culture & More Culture.
Jul 2018 • Solo
Detroit's Cultural Center contains the cities best museums, several impressive buildings, The Detroit Symphony and their home, Orchestra Hall.

The biggest jewel of the city's cultural heart would have to be the impressive Detroit Institute of Arts with it's encyclopedic collection. The "Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera are a must see. Three other museums are within walking distance.

On the campus of Wayne State University, you can see two nice examples of Minoru Yamasaki's work, the architect of the World Trade Center. Also of interest is Charles Lang Freer's home, an industrialist who gave his entire art collection, including James McNeil Whistler's Peacock Room to the Smithsonian. His collection can be seen at the Freer Gallery in Washington.

Most everything is quite walkable. While the dining options aren't as abundant as the downtown area, there arte some nice spots such as Chartreuse Kitchen & Cocktails. The only place I can recommend in the area to stay is the lovely Inn On Ferry Street. Very nice accommodations.

A great central location in Detroit.
Written 29 September 2018
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Nate_Twice
Detroit, MI6 contributions
Wonderful place
Aug 2018 • Couples
Little known, but beautiful, everyone should be able to see it, it should be enhanced, such a rich place is not always seen. Wonderful.
Written 24 August 2018
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johntavernier
Roseville, MI758 contributions
I like here
Sep 2017
Th ere so much learn here about Detroit Michigan history Here. To car's, metal,military,music and may more things.
Written 6 December 2017
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Ediebeth
5 contributions
One of America's Great Museums:
Sep 2017 • Solo
This looks like other American museums, but it has at least three exhibits I haven't seen elsewhere. First and best known is the Diego Rivera courtyard with his incredibly wonderful murals focused on the American auto industry. Worth the visit all- by-itself.

But then there is a fine permanent collection of art by African-American artists which you usually don't find in main-stream museums. You may have problems finding it, but the guards will help.

Then, if you are interested in ceramics, as I am, you will discover Pewabic tiles and vases. The tiles were used in the Rivera Courtyard, but they are in other locations (worth asking about). Pewabic has its own small museum in Detroit well worth a visit.

The Detroit Institute of Art is worth multiple visits.
Written 17 October 2017
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Dannysharma
Hamilton, Ontario58 contributions
Historic stroll
Aug 2016
Detroit is shaping up and is working on building its brand. The historic district is nice for first time traveler to that side of US. Some hidden jewels are available to explore in this area.
Written 1 November 2016
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StockholmKindaGuy
Marietta, GA7,299 contributions
Detroit's Cultural Heart
Jun 2016 • Friends
Detroit's Midtown, is it's cultural Hub.

It's home to the Detroit institute of Arts, a world renowned art museum, as well as the Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Science Center, Detroit Public Library and the countries largest African-American Museum. It's also home to two schools of higher learning. All are within walking distance of each other. Check out two of Minoru Yamasaki buildings on the Wayne State Campus and the Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden at the College of Creative Studies. The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) can also be found in Midtown. They always have some interesting cutting edge exhibits.

The restaurant scene is pretty eclectic. Some places I enjoyed were: Selden Standard; Traffic Jam: La Feria for Tapas; Shangril-La for Dim Sum; Jolly Pumkin for Pizza & Beer and the Whitney for fine dining. HopCat has a great beer selection.

The retail scene in Midtown is light compared to many other big cities. But, what's there is interesting. Local boy Jack White opened his second Third Man Records store, right next to Shinola. Carhartt has an awesome flagship store on the Wayne States campus. Will Leather is a neat store for leather products and they have their own parking lot. Nora and Hugh, two side by side stores on Cass, specialize in well designed products for the home.

Woodward, the main street going through Midtown, is currently under construction for the new Light Rail being built. This will make getting around either. The area feels safe and there's a lot of foot and bike traffic. Street parking is mainly by zone now.

A fun area to be.
Written 10 July 2016
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