Community Gallery

The Detroit Historical Museum’s Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. Selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit community, the organizations featured here share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history. 

Developed and produced solely by our featured organizations, the words, images and ideas represented in the exhibition do not reflect the ideas, views or opinions of the Detroit Historical Society.



OPEN through January 8, 2017 in the Community Gallery!

Detroit: America's Live Music Engine

Detroit has a well-deserved reputation as a great place for live musicians to play, with audiences and venues that provide fertile soil for some of the greatest talent in the world. “Detroit: America’s Live Music Engine” showcases the Motor City’s music scene in three major components: the places, the people and the future. Presented in partnership with Live The Music Foundation and the Detroit School of Rock and Pop.

“Detroit: America’s Live Music Engine” begins by exploring the venues, both large and small, that have hosted live musicians and contributed to the Detroit music family. The exhibit goes on to highlight the stories of Detroit’s sidemen musicians who serve as the backbone for many of Detroit’s – and the world’s – biggest acts. Finally, the exhibit discusses the future of Detroit’s musical legacy by celebrating the youth of today, connecting them to the past and preparing them for their musical future.

Look for opportunities to share your own experiences and photos as audience member when you visit! The exhibit will be on display through January 8, 2017.

Join us for a FREE family friendly opening event on Thursday October 20 from 7-10 pm at the Detroit Historical Museum. Featuring a live music jam session with The Detroit Retro Society. For more information, visit

Supported  by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.