Behind The Scenes Tours

Each season, the Detroit Historical Society hosts special Behind the Scenes tours of historic locations and other venues throughout metro Detroit. Let our expert guides show you these places in ways you’ve never experienced before!

These weekly tours normally take place on Saturdays, but some do take place on weekdays. On average, tours last from 90 minutes to two hours.  Most tours require you to meet at the tour location.

Because reservations are required and many tours sell out quickly, we recommend that you make your plans for these tours well in advance. Tour information is released quarterly and posted on this page on the 1st of December, March, June and September for each upcoming season.  If you purchase your tickets online, you will receive an email from our Programs staff by the next business day that will confirm your tour details and include a map and directions to the meeting location. We will not forward a physical ticket.

Tickets for upcoming Behind the Scenes and Historic Houses of Worship tours will be available to all members starting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2016. No tickets will be sold before this time. Public registration for any remaining tickets begins October 4.  All ticket sales are final; no refunds or tour credits can be given unless the guide reschedules the tour.

If you prefer to register online, you must be logged in as a member to access discounted/early tickets. To log in, please visit the website and click on the "Member Login" tab, which is located across the top of the screen. Use your Society member ID number as both your Username and Password.  If you are having trouble logging in or for information on becoming a member contact Sean Clyne at seanc@detroithistorical.org or 313.833.0158. 

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Current Behind The Scenes Tours:

Charles Lang Freer House
October 6 2016 |
6:00pm to 9:00pm

Member-only registration begins Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. Public registration for any remaining tickets begins on...

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Yalla Eat! Warren Avenue Walking Tour
October 8 2016 |
10:00am to 12:30pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. Yalla Eat! (Arabic for Let’s go eat!) is an...

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G.A.R. Building
October 15 2016 |
10:00am to 11:30am

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. The GAR Building was designed by architect...

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John King Used & Rare Books
October 21 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Member-only registration begins Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. Public registration for any remaining tickets begins on...

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GM Heritage Center
October 28 2016 |
2:00pm to 3:30pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. Friday afternoon tour! The GM Heritage ...

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NOAA National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac Office
November 4 2016 |
6:00pm to 8:00pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. Friday evening tour! In 1992, a new...

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The Parade Company
November 12 2016 |
10:00am to 11:30am

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. You’re invited to take a behind the scenes...

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Henry Ford Estate - Fair Lane, Restoration & Reimagination
November 19 2016 |
10:00am to 11:30am

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. Henry and Clara Ford’s estate, Fair Lane,...

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Loren Andrus Octagon House
December 1 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Member-only registration begins Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. Public registration for any remaining tickets begins on...

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Country Club of Detroit
December 10 2016 |
10:00am to 12:30pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please contact Casie at 313.833.1801 for waitlist information. Includes lunch! The Country Club of Detroit...

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