Exhibitions

The Detroit Historical Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling our region’s history. Click on the links to the left to learn more about the new exhibitions - and old favorites - that we offer!

Signature Exhibitions

Five new, permanent exhibitions have been added to the Detroit Historical Museum in 2012 as a result of the Past>Forward Campaign: the Gallery of Innovation, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, the Kid Rock Music LabLegends Plaza, and Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy. An expanded Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibition better showcases this important part of Detroit history. Pre-existing permanent exhibitions have received upgrades and improvements, including updates to the beloved Streets of Old Detroit and America's Motor City exhibitions. 

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Changing Exhibitions

Our changing or limited-engagement exhibition galleries include the Booth-Wilkinson gallery which is a feature exhibition space and our Community Gallery which rotates every three months and highlights other non-profit organizations, community groups and educational institutions. The Community Gallery is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Each year the Society adds to its extensive collection of over 250,000 objects and images, these new acquisitions are made available for viewing on a rotating basis in our New to the Collection exhibition.  Other temporary exhibits include Automotive Showplace, Detroit Decides and the Detroit Artists Showcase.

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