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'Behind the Scenes' Historic Tours

Our "Behind the Scenes" tours give you an in-depth look at some of Detroit's most iconic, history-making places.

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News & Events

Sneak Preview of 34th Great Lakes Shipwreck Fest!
Jan 10, 2014

Experience a FREE sneak preview of the 34th Annual Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival by enjoying four special presentations on two Saturdays this winter!

Extended Holiday Hours at Our Museums!
Dec 26, 2014

Dossin Great Lakes Museum: Open Fri., Dec. 26 through Sun., Jan. 4, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, except for New Year’s Day. Closed Thurs., Jan. 1, 2015. Detroit Historical Museum: Closed Wed., Dec. 24, Thurs., Dec. 25 and Thurs., Jan. 1, 2015. Open Fri., Dec. 26 through Sun., Jan. 4, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, except for New Year’s Day.

18th Century Cannon Installed at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Dec 10, 2014

An 18th century British cannon retrieved from the Detroit River in October 2011 before undergoing a three-year restoration process will be unveiled Wednesday afternoon as it goes on display for the public this weekend at the Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle.

Noon Year's Eve
Dec 31, 2014

Bring the whole family for FREE winter crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, and a kids’ New Year’s countdown to noon, concluding with the celebratory ringing of the bell of the City of Detroit III.