(Detroit, Michigan - MI, USA)
Detroit contains a good range of interesting museums worth visiting. The most popular of these chronicle everything from American History to exhibits tracing the African slave trade in the last century. Detroit also boasts the largest African museum in the world - the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, which stands next to the Science Center and close to the Institute of Arts.
Music lovers enjoying a break in the city of Detroit should pencil in a visit to the Greystone International Hall of Fame on the Washington Boulevard, or to the Motown Historical Museum on the West Grand Boulevard, where the city's rich musical heritage is clearly documented for all to see. Look out for the interactive displays and the various seasonal events.
Museum of African American History
Address: 315 Warren East Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 494 5800
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is especially noteworthy and is famous for showcasing more than six centuries of ethnic history. Housed in a colossal building within the city's Cultural Center, the collections of permanent exhibits are complemented by constantly changing displays, which offer updated information on current civil rights issues.
Open hours: Wednesday to Saturday - 09:30 to 17:00, Sunday - 13.00 to 17.00
Admission: charge, discounted rates for under 18s
Black Holocaust Museum
Address: 13535 Livernois Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 491 0777
This poignant museum acts as a memorial to the shamefully vast number of Africans who endured the horrors of the slave trade. This attraction is housed in the Shrine of the Black Madonna Cultural Center and Bookstore, and contains exhibits of photographs, artifacts and stories from this brutal facet of history.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Address: 6134 Second Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 873 8100
This fabulous family friendly attraction is a great way to keep your little ones constructively entertained. The Children's Museum offers a wide selection of exhibits, interactive displays and shows and incorporates gadgets, creatures, a Planetarium and much more.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 13:00 to 16:00, Saturday - 09:00 to 16:00
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Address: 1221 North Woodward Avenue, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 248 645 3149
Filled with hands-on displays and experiments, the Cranbrook Institute of Science is another winner for traveling families visiting the city's, offering fun and education for parents and kids alike. The institute features an art and science center, together with an adjacent educational facility.
Open hours: Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 to 17:00, Friday - 10:00 to 22:00
Detroit Historical Museum
Address: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 833 1805
The city's long and multi-faceted history is explored in this excellent museum located in the heart of the downtown district. Innumerable exhibits trace the city's past from the very moment that its founder, Antoine de la Mothe, alighted on the banks of the Detroit River. Highlights at the Historical Museum include displays about the role of the city's 'underground railroad' that helped slaves escape from the south, and covers the developments, such as cars, jazz, Motown and techno, that propelled it in to becoming a major American industrial center.
Open hours: Tuesday to Friday - 09:30 to 17:00, Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 11:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discount for seniors and under 18s, free for children under five, discount for all visitors on Wednesdays.
Greystone International Hall of Fame / Jazz Museum
Address: 1249 Washington Boulevard, Suite 201 Book Building, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 963 3813
Located in downtown Detroit, the Greystone Ballroom was once among the most popular entertainment joints around and one of the few venues that provided the opportunity for people of all races to enjoy music together in a time of racial segregation and discrimination. Today, the Greystone International Hall of Fame houses a museum dedicated to the history and legacy of jazz, with music, videos and exhibits that commemorate jazz greats and keep the spirit of jazz alive.
Open hours: daily
Motown Historical Museum
Address: 2468 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan (MI), USA
Tel: +1 313 875 2264
Take a tour of the modest buildings that witnessed the origins of the Motown sound, a sensory mini-revolution that was to change the American music industry for good. 'Hitsville USA', as the recording studio was dubbed, features the authentic control room and the Motown Historical Museum contains a plethora of memorabilia from stars such as the Supremes, the Temptations, Stevie Wonder and the Jackson 5, who made records here back in the 1960s.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 18:00
Admission: charge, discounted rate for children under 13