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, June 14, 2016. No tickets will be sold before this time. Public registration for any remaining tickets begins June 28.  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:

Addison Oaks – Buhl Estate
April 29 2016 |
10:00am to 12:30pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  In 1927, Lawrence D. and Cora Peck Buhl...

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Detroit Boat Club
April 30 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  The Detroit Boat Club Crew was founded in...

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William E. Scripps Mansion
May 7 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  In 1926, William E. Scripps chose his...

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The Players Playhouse
May 13 2016 |
6:30pm to 11:00pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  Includes tour, dinner, and performances If...

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Bayview Yacht Club
May 21 2016 |
10:00am to 12:30pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  The Bayview Yacht Club was founded in 1915...

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College for Creative Studies Student Exhibition Tour
May 24 2016 |
4:00pm to 7:30pm

$25 members/$35 guests Special Tuesday tour From its beginning in 1906 as the Society of Arts and Crafts to its ever-changing...

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Elmwood Cemetery
June 4 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  This extensive walking tour over hilly...

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Vernors Bus Tour and Ginger Beer Crawl
June 10 2016 |
5:30pm to 8:30pm

On Friday, June 10, join the Detroit Experience Factory for a bus tour to discover Detroit’s best ginger beers, drinks and...

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Vernors 150th Anniversary Poker Run
June 11 2016 |
11:00am to 1:00pm

$10 entry fee During the Poker Run, you will receive a list of Vernors sites to visit in Detroit. At each site, you will take a...

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Art House
June 18 2016 |
10:00am to 11:30am

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  Art House, originally the Elisha Taylor...

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Boston Edison Walking Tour
June 25 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Rebecca at 313.833.1801 for wait list information.  The Boston Edison Historic District...

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Applewood
June 25 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Overflow tour due to popular demand! $20 Members / $30 Guests Applewood was built in 1916 as a gentleman’s farm for the Charles...

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