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:

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

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Casie at 313.833.0277 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

Sold Out! Please call Casie at 313.833.0277 for wait list information. On Friday, June 10, join the Detroit Experience Factory...

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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 Casie at 313.833.0277 for wait list information.  Art House, originally the Elisha Taylor home...

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

This tour is SOLD OUT! Please call Casie at 313.833.0277 for wait list information.  The Boston Edison Historic District consists...

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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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William E. Scripps Mansion
July 9 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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WKBD (CBS 62/CW 50) Studio Tour
July 15 2016 |
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Masonic Temple
July 16 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Meadow Brook Hall
July 16 2016 |
1:00pm to 2:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Dorothy Turkel House
July 28 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Historic Fort Wayne
August 6 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Alger Theater Restoration Tour
August 13 2016 |
10:00am to 11:30am

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Packard Proving Grounds
August 27 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Mt. Olivet Cemetery Walking Tour
September 17 2016 |
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Ferry Street Walking Tour
September 22 2016 |
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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Woodmere Cemetery
September 24 2016 |
10:00am to 12:00pm

Tickets will be available to members at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 14. No tickets will be sold before this time! Public...

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