14 Metro Detroit museums to visit that showcase region’s history, diverse communities

Museums highlight historical movements

A photo of The Henry Ford Museum's "Driving America" exhibit. Photo courtesy of the museum's website.
A photo of The Henry Ford Museum's "Driving America" exhibit. Photo courtesy of the museum's website. (The Henry Ford)

DETROIT – Metro Detroit is home to several one of a kind museums that showcase and highlight the history of the region from some of its biggest ethnic and minority communities to important movements.

Before making a trip to one make sure it is open. Many museums are temporarily closed due to the pandemic.

These museums tell the stories of the region’s Black, Chaldean and Arab communities.

The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills is Michigan’s only Holocaust museum.

You can learn about the rise of the automotive industry and civil rights movement in the United States at other museums on the list including the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn and Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

If you are a music fan head to the Motown Museum in Detroit.

The most well known, the Detroit Institute of Arts, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States.

1. Chaldean Cultural Center in West Bloomfield

2. Arab American National Museum in Dearborn

3. Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills

4. Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills

5. Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Farmington Hills

6. Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit

7. Detroit Historical Society in Detroit

8. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit

9. Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Dearborn

10. Michigan Science Center in Detroit

11. Dossin Great Lakes Museum in Detroit

12. Motown Museum in Detroit

13. Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

14. Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores


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Natasha Dado is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit.