There are some great attractions to check out in Detroit. You’ll be able to learn about the city’s rich historical heritage and its cultural diversity while participating in the activities it has to offer.
Museums and Galleries
Among the most visited of Detroit attractions is the Detroit Institute of Arts. It’s the fifth largest art museum in the United States and definitely among the must see establishments. Visitors will recognize the famed statue of “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin sitting at the entrance. And with 100 galleries, you’ll need time to see the 60,000 paintings, sculptures and objects relating the industrial revolution, history of the automobile and other world history.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is also of major importance among Detroit attractions. It’s the largest venue of its kind and features exhibit galleries as well as a research library.
And if you’re interested in American discoveries in the field of technology as well as the latest innovations, you’ll want to visit the Henry Ford Museum. This nine acre Detroit attraction showcases everything relating to agriculture, automobiles, home appliances, presidential limousines and more.
No visitor should leave without including the Motown History Museum among the list of Detroit attractions. Its main mission is to preserve the history and heritage of the Motown Record Corporation. Visitors can see the array of houses acquired by Motown as well as the house of its founder Berry Gory, Jr. There’s art work, photography and memorabilia. There are outfits worn by diverse artists, sheet music, control rooms, recording studios and more.
Don’t miss the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame Museum. It’s not as large as the former Detroit attraction, but it’s also among the most visited. It pays homage to local and national gospel artists most importantly Thomas A. Dorsey who was the father of Gospel Music.
African Americans also left their mark in history during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen National Museum honors the U.S Air Force men of the 99th Fighter Squadron. Travelers can view models of aircraft, flyer’s uniforms and bomber jackets.
Fort Wayne is the sole remaining fort along the Detroit River. Today out-of-towners can see remnants of the barracks, a parade ground and the Tuskegee Airmen National Museum. The fort dates to 1840 and it’s among the most interesting Detroit attractions.
And if you’re keen on magnificent architecture, you’ll want to visit St. Anne De Detroit Church. It’s the second oldest in the United States and dates back to 1701. It boasts a beautiful gothic architecture with design features that were uncommon at the time.
Tip: Don’t miss the beautiful stained glass windows as they’re the oldest Detroit attractions in the city. And at the entrance, you’ll find a group of gargoyle shaped sculptures you’ll want to see.
Another must see among Detroit attractions is the Fisher Mansion. This Art Deco mansion was once the home of magnate Lawrence P. Fisher and was later purchased by Henry Ford’s grandson. It showcases beautiful leather walls, manicured lawns and furnishings.