24977 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48076
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Arts & Museums
Established in 1995, this grass-roots music museum opened on the northwest side of Detroit, in the heart of gospel music country. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to national and local gospel artists. It also highlights the role the gospel tradition played in the development of Motown singers.The museum relies primarily on donations. The museum is open for tours by appointment only.
The Royal Oak Historical Society is the place to go for those who want to learn more about this town's past. The museum has many different collections, including a photography collection. The historical society also hosts and plans multiple events throughout the year. Call or see the website for more information.
Well-known for its observatory, planetarium and laser light shows, the well-respected Cranbrook Institute of Science imparts natural history and science education in creative ways that blend old and new approaches. Outdoor activities, including eclipse viewing and maple tree tapping, are frequent. The institute features magnificent exhibits exploring the diversity of dinosaurs and its origin. There are various programs, lectures and camps held here as well.
Founded in 1984, the Holocaust Memorial Center was the first institution in the United States to offer exhibits about the Nazi extermination of six million Jews in Europe during World War II. It's an eye-opening and breathtaking museum, offering a wide range of information and raising important questions about history. True to their slogan they are illuminating the past and enlightening the future.
One of the area's most prestigious avant-garde art museums, Cranbrook Art Museum features acclaimed contemporary painters, sculptors, promising new artists who display challenging and cutting-edge exhibitions. The museum's permanent collection highlights the accomplishments of decades of Cranbrook graduates from many different mediums. This is a popular gathering spot for local artists and art critics and is the center of a vibrant artistic community.
Founded by Marvin Yagoda, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum features vintage mechanical games that Yogoda has been collecting since the 1960s. These coin-operated machines, oddities, and objects procured from fairgrounds and sideshows delight the visitor and some other machines are custom made and can be found only here. It is truly a fascinating place to spend some time (don't forget to bring quarters!); indeed, it made The World Almanac's top 100 list of strangest museums in the United States.
Once the former residence and masterpiece of the Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen and his wife Loja, this stunning home is now open to the public for tours. Completed in the fall of 1930, the Saarinen House cost over USD140,000 to build, compared to the average USD6,000 of the time in Detroit. This brick and stone home features gorgeous textiles done by Loja herself, original artwork by their daughter and beautiful landscaping. Visitors can partake in guided tours from May through October. Visit the website for more details.
Located on Plymouth Road is a privately owned Italian American Historical Artistic Museum that displays works of Silvio Luigi Barile, a World War II survivor. Filled with sculptures and statues that Barile has painstakingly made himself, the museum is located right behind his bakery. Featuring a lot of artwork inspired by Silvio's Italian heritage, it makes for an interesting visit.
At the Troy Museum and Historic Village you are able to explore 10 historic buildings that have been carefully restored. Artifacts that are displayed have a history that dates back to as far as the 19th and early 20th Century. Open year round, the museum and village is a perfect look back to the the city of Troy's rich history.
Besides a huge collection of beads that carry a wide variety of cultural significance, MBAD's African Bead Museum is a haven for art lovers. Ivory, silver, other carved objects and a gallery featuring paintings and sculpture by local African-American artists are also displayed here. It's a short ride from downtown and is a fascinating stop for African history buffs. Guided tours are available.
Welcome to Hitstville USA, home to the world famous music label, Motown Records. The owner of the label, Berry Gordy, Jr., has promoted artists such as Smokey Robinson, The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Rare Earth and many more. The museum is located in the restored house of Berry and was put together by his sister Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985. One can browse through the gallery and even check out the famous Studio A, where many hits were recorded. So, step back in time and learn how a small studio in America created some of the world's biggest stars. Guided tours are available.
The Arab American National Museum, located just east of Detroit in Dearborn, is devoted to educating people about Arab American culture and history. Exhibits include Coming to America and Living in America as well as other exhibits designed to bring about awareness about Arab Americans' contributions to the culture, economy and society of the United States. The museum also focuses on immigration and shared experiences with other ethnic groups.