5201 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI 48202 +1 313 481 1300
A fascinating feature of the Cultural Center is the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. Opened in 1921 and expanded in 1963, the library is made of white Vermont marble. Designed by Cass Gilbert, architect of the US Supreme Court building, the building is in Italian Renaissance style. Murals and stained glass add to the grand effect. The main part of the library has a wide range of books and documents. It also houses special collections, including the Ernie Harwell Collection, E.Azalia Hackley Collection and the Burton Historical Collection, a wealth of local history and genealogical information.
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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.
View 60,000 amazing works of art at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. 100 galleries are filled with sculptures, paintings, and other artworks. The Thinker, the famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin is placed near the entrance. Permanent collections in the museum include Islamic, Flemish, pre-Columbian, European, African, Asian, and American art. Cultural events are held throughout the year at the auditorium and recital hall.
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For years, this small history museum has fought budget cuts to preserve the often neglected history of Detroit. It makes for an excellent short outing. A basement exhibit allows visitors to stroll down cobblestone, cedar block and brick streets past scale models of 19th Century shops. Another exhibit documents Detroit's key role in the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom in Canada. Also illustrated is Detroit's emergence as an automobile manufacturing center.
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Designed by Jerome Ferretti, the monumental cat statue, located in Nroth Corktown area of Detroit was installed in 2010. Funded by Loveland Inc. the structure is iconic and made using about 3000 bricks, covered with an outer layer of limestone. Measuring about 7 feet high (2.13 meters) and stretching to 9 feet in width (2.74 meters), the iconic kitty sits beneath an overpass where travelers can admire it on their way.
Known popularly as the Michigan Central Station, this rail depot was built in 1913 to serve the Michigan Central Railroad. The station's imposing Beaux Arts building was the point of pride for the railroad and at one point, held the distinction of the tallest railway station in the world. While the station is no longer in use today, it stands as a proud reminder of the glory days of the railroad.
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Despite the fact that the city of Detroit was founded in 1701, Corktown, which dates to 1840s, is the city's oldest surviving neighborhood. The area is actually on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally an Irish enclave in the city of Detroit, today Corktown is a charming and blossoming neighborhood popular with locals and tourists. The area is full of restaurants, bars, business and even some old Irish businesses reminiscent of the neighborhood's roots.
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Biggest stars, biggest concerts, biggest crowds all have ample room at the Soundboard. One of the biggest concert venues in the city, artists like Diana Ross, Courtney Love, the Wayans Brothers are scheduled to be here. With a state-of-the-art technological setup, the acoustics here are arguably the best in Michigan. If you are looking for some glitz in the motor city, you'll definitely find it here.
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Established in 1902, Nancy Whiskey is one of the oldest bars in Detroit that remains in operation. It has survived a fire in 2009 and still manages to holds its own. This is a classic Irish pub that serves a wide variety of beers and cocktails. The games of local professional sports games are always on the televisions here, ensuring an enthusiastic crowd. Nancy Whiskey has a loyal clientele and welcomes one and all into its pub.
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Corktown Tavern is a casual, chilled-out place with some great mixers behind the bar. They have live bands performing every other weekend with a USD5 cover charge. If you are a punk rock music lover or like to choose your favorite music from the jukebox, then this is the place to be. Check their website for upcoming events.
The Detroit Princess riverboat is about everything grand! Docked on
the Detroit River near Hart Plaza, the ship undertakes both private as well as public cruises and offers separate private charterers too. The cruises are generally two to three ...
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 ...
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 ...