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Arts & Museums
After a planning process, of over ten years, spearheaded by Tom Toth, a City Councillor, administrator and teacher, the Canada South Science City was finally established in 2004. The aim behind creation of this center was to foster a child's interest in the subject, wherein learning could take place through interactive exhibits. The science city is a complex that is akin to an open school. It comprises of a Fossil Dig Site, Exploratorium that takes you into the world of physics, Lagoon featuring reptiles, Biodiversity Exhibit, Computer Lab and a Science Cafe where visitors can binge and talk.
Currently, the home of Windsor's Community Museum, the François Bâby House has been witness to the War of 1812 and was used by the military. The museum talks of the culture of the city along with its vast history.
Located on the Canadian coast of the Detroit River, overlooking the Detroit River Walk in the United States, Art Gallery of Windsor is a platform for nurturing creative expressions. The history of the Art Gallery of Windsor dates back to 1943, when it was established in Willistead Manor. As the collection grew, the gallery moved to a better location in 1975, when it also came to be known as one of the city's most touted galleries. In the mid 1990s, the gallery temporarily shifted, and soon moved back to this original waterfront location but in a new building, where it still proudly stands.
The UFO Factory is an adorable music and arts space in Downtown Detroit. With interesting events, exhibitions and performances always on its schedule, boredom is the last thing you can expect here. Staffed with friendly people, this place has a bit of everything, mystique, art, fun and of course, cheap drinks. Please visit the website for more details.
On Belle Isle, two cannons from the Battle of Lake Erie mark the entrance to this marine branch of the Detroit Historical Museums. A visit affords a fascinating short course in Detroit's maritime history. Ship models on display range from 19th-century sailing vessels to modern hydroplane racing boats. Another exhibit has yachts owned by automobile magnates in the 1920s and 1930s. Check website for special summer hours.
An art gallery located in the heart of Midtown, Work: Detroit strives to foster the city's artistic community. Founded in 2007, this venue is operated by the University of Michigan Art & Design School, and is thus a premier venue for exhibitions of artworks by the University's students, teachers, and alumni. Acting as a sort of connecting bridge that allows for a cultural exchange, Work: Detroit plays an essential role in the city's creative and artistic scene. Apart from artists associated with the University of Michigan, the venue also hosts exhibitions of national as well as international artists. See the website to know more.
For a unique art experience, check out The Heidelberg Project (HP). Started as a way to introduce art to a rundown, underprivileged neighborhood, it is now a growing movement to beautify and add art to local low-income communities. On Heidelberg Street you will find a stretch of painted houses and yards that each take on a different artistic theme. A lot of the homes recycle trash and turn it into art installations. The best way to experience HP is to park and simply walk the street yourself.
Located in Midtown Detroit, Re:View Contemporary showcases art in various forms like visual arts, design, sculpture and paintings. Themes range from individual likes to philosophical overtones. Some of the artists who have featured here include, Adam Shirley, Sharon Que and Kate Silvio. Do check their website for changing exhibitions and drop by for a dose of new-age brilliance.
The Museum of Contemporary Art's sole mission is to encourage contemporary art and provide a platform for artists to showcase their talents. It's located in the Cultural Center of Detroit, an impressive 22,000-square-foot(2043.87 square meter) space. Not only for art exhibitions, the space is also open for lectures, events and screenings. It also features a store where you can buy exclusive MOCAD T-shirts. A USD5 donation is suggested for admission.
Also known as DAM and established in 1932, the Detroit Artists Market's main goal was to provide income and recognition to young local artists. It has come a long way since its inception, and today represents the best in Detroit's pulsating art scene. Its name was changed in 1936 from the original Detroit Young Artists Market to the present-day name to suit the changing trend of promoting artists of all ages. It is rightly regarded as the best place to purchase local art in Detroit. Located on Detroit's bustling Woodward Avenue, the DAM plays host to exhibitions by illustrious artists not just from Detroit, but all across the world and has become a major venue to identify budding talent.
Located on the Wayne State University, this is one of the best galleries in Detroit. Stroll through both levels of this gallery and you'll find contemporary art in every corner. The work often takes unique views and are supposed to be thought-provoking and challenging the boundary of the current art scenario. The gallery always has both local artwork and international talent on display.
The world's largest museum of African American history and culture, this impressive building opened in 1997 and is named after the local doctor and activist who first established it. With 120,000 square feet of exhibit space, the Charles H. Wright Museum includes several exhibit galleries, a research library, classrooms and a museum store. The anchor exhibit, “Of the People: The African American Experience,” uses Detroit's own history to tell the story of the black experience in the United States. Previously, much smaller incarnations of the museum existed, dating back to 1965.