Events by Month

May 2023

May 4, 2023

Homeschool Day

10:00am to 11:30am

Ages 6+

Families are invited to join us for a group tour of the museum, featuring our Origins: Life Where the River Bends, America's Motor City and Streets of Old Detroit exhibitions. After the tour, participants are welcome to stay and explore the rest of the galleries.

$6 per child, $10 per adult (includes admission and programming for all participants)

Pre-registration is required

May 11, 2023

Heather Ann Thompson Lecture

5:00pm to 8:00pm

Unmaking (and Remaking) the Motor City in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Over the last five decades the City of Detroit has felt the crisis of mass incarceration first-hand and most acutely. Historian Heather Ann Thompson will discuss the origins of this crisis nationally and locally, its lived impact on city residents as well as on the city itself. From this history, she argues, we can better understand not only why this is the civil and human rights crisis of the 21st century, but what it will take to undo it.

May 17, 2023

Jazz in the Streets of Old Detroit: The James Russell Project

6:00pm to 9:00pm

The Friends of Detroit's Black Historic Sites Committee invites you to the return of their signature Jazz in the Streets of Old Detroit concert series featuring the contemporary, soulful sound of The James Russell Project.

May 20, 2023

Leisure on the Lakes Lecture

10:00am to 11:00am

Limited tickets still available!

Join us at the Detroit Historical Museum to take a trip down memory lane and rediscover leisure on the lakes. From the late 19th to mid 20th century, communities of recreation and leisure dotted our inland seas.

May 21, 2023

"The Sergeant" Book Talk & Signing with Dean Calbreath

2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Sergeant: The Incredible Life of Nicholas Said: Son of an African General, Slave of the Ottomans, Free Man Under the Tsars, Hero of the Union Army

May 26, 2023

A Night at the Museum: A Film, Fashion, and Art Gala

7:00pm to 11:00pm

Showcasing Detroit fashion through the decades; theme is Hollywood Fashion. Attire is Red Carpet Ready.

  •  $50 General Admission, food and drink available to purchase.
  •  $75 VIP ticket includes food and drink.
  •  $50 discounted VIP is available only to members of Detroit Historical Society and Detroit Fashion Community.


Self-serve parking in Detroit Historical Museum lot for $10 per car.

Doors open at 6:30 PM. Event begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 11:00 PM.

May 27, 2023

Workshop: Documentary Filmmaking from the team behind "God Said Give 'Em Drum Machines"

1:00pm to 3:00pm

Washington Hill Pictures, the production team behind the feature length film God Said Give ‘Em Drum Machines, invites you learn the basics of documentary storytelling. Find out more about their 12-yearlong international filmmaking journey, and get the opportunity to workshop your own documentary idea!  For all ages.


Free for members

Free for non-members with museum admission

Register now!