Signature Exhibitions

America's Motor City

America’s Motor City

The America’s Motor City exhibition tells the fascinating stories of both how cars built metro Detroit and how metro Detroit built cars, as well as why Detroit became the Motor City. The new exhibit incorporates the museum’s popular Automotive...

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Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy"

Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy"

In 1940, President Franklin Roosevelt urged the United States to become the “arsenal of democracy,” arming democratic nations against the looming totalitarian threats of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. It took ingenuity and perseverance under...

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Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad

Doorway to Freedom – Detroit and the Underground Railroad

Detroit was a pivotal part of the Underground Railroad, an informal network of safe houses and people willing to help runaway enslaved people. They adapted the language of the railroads to keep it secret. Hiding places — often taverns, homes and...

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Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901

Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901

Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701 to1901 presents the story of the first two centuries of Detroit’s history in an exciting — and educational — way, telling the often-ignored story of Detroit up to the 20th century. The entry area...

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Kid Rock Music Lab

Kid Rock Music Lab

Adjacent to the Allesee Gallery of Culture, visitors find the Kid Rock Music Lab— an interactive, participatory space that explores the rich legacy of Detroit’s music from Gospel to Motown and all things in between. As visitors enter the gallery,...

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Legends Plaza

Detroit’s rich heritage lies with the men and women who’ve always called Detroit “home,” even as they went on to help shape our nation’s cultural landscape. We cheered their accomplishments on the field, welcomed them into our lives through...

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The Meier Clock

Meier’s Wonderful Clock

It took Louis Meier, Sr. twelve years to build his clock.  Its hand-carved mahogany base, detailed glass clock face and intricate mechanisms made it a Detroit marvel when it debuted in his jewelry store at East Grand Boulevard and Gratiot Avenue in...

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The Streets of Old Detroit

Streets of Old Detroit

The Detroit Historical Museum’s most beloved signature exhibit, located in the lower level of the museum, is undoubtedly the Streets of Old Detroit. Step into Detroit’s past and experience the city’s dramatic transformation from rural frontier town...

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Allesee Gallery of Culture

The Allesee Gallery of Culture

Imagine hearing the unmistakable sound of a baseball meeting the full force of Hall of Famer Al Kaline’s bat at Tiger Stadium. Imagine feeling the thrill as the solid, brass-colored elevator doors slowly opening onto the 12th floor of downtown...

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Gallery of Innovation

The Gallery of Innovation

Innovation — finding new solutions and building upon existing ideas — is critical to the evolution of a society. Metro Detroit has produced an extraordinary number of innovators — some iconic, some unheralded — who forever changed the way we look at...

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The Glancy Trains

The Glancy Trains

A crowd favorite for years, The Glancy Trains are from the collection of Alfred R. Glancy Jr. (1908–1973), real estate financier and former-owner of the Empire State Building in New York City. During the 1950s and 1960s, Mr. Glancy enjoyed hosting “...

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