Changing Exhibitions

2000/2020: Celebrating 20 Years of the Electronic Music Festival in Detroit

The Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery is a changing exhibition space made available to local historical societies, museums, non-profit organizations and educational institutions, selected for their contributions to the metro Detroit...

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Automotive Showplace

The Automotive Showplace is a rotating exhibit space at the Detroit Historical Museum that features rare and unique vehicles from the Detroit Historical Society’s collection, presented by Warner Norcross + Judd.    NOW OPEN in the Automotive...

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Boom Town: Detroit in the 1920s

NOW OPEN on the Lower Level Between a roaring automobile industry and the illicit-but-profitable Prohibition liquor trade, 1920s Detroit was one of the most exciting, quirky and frenetic cities in the world. While the physical city grew in size from...

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COVID-19 Memorial Garden

Recognizing the many losses suffered by our community in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Detroit Historical Museum has dedicated a new public memorial garden in front of Legends Plaza. Over the summer, everyone is invited to contribute to the memorial by...

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Detroit 67: Perspectives

NOW OPEN in the Booth-Wilkinson Gallery Winner of the 2018 National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the 2018 Leadership in History Award  from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and the 2018...

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Detroit's Jazz Festival

NOW OPEN in the Detroit Artists Showcase The Detroit Jazz Festival is celebrating its 40th year and is currently the largest free jazz festival in the world. The “Jazz Fest”, which takes place every year during Labor Day weekend, was founded in 1980...

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Detroit’s Brewing Heritage

NOW OPEN on the Lower Level Joseph Parent, Detroit’s first recognized brewer, arrived in 1706, just five years after the new French trading post was established. Generations of English, Irish, Belgian, Polish, German and Detroit-born brewers...

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Pedal to the Metal

NOW OPEN in America's Motor City Showcase While Detroit is mainly known for getting around on four wheels, the city has a long history involving transportation of the two-wheeled variety – bicycles! Many early automotive pioneers were cycling...

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Selling in Detroit: 1920s Advertising in the Motor City

NOW OPEN in the Auditorium Showcase Selling in Detroit: 1920s Advertising in the Motor City  As Detroit boomed in the 1920s, advertising did too. A new evolution in advertisements developed to meet the optimism of the day to sell to Detroit’s...

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Tribute to Allee Willis

NOW OPEN in the Motor City Music Exhibition Join us to celebrate a legendary Detroiter, Allee Willis, as we pay tribute to her life, work and love of her hometown. Born and raised in Detroit, she graduated from Mumford High School in 1965 before...

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We Fought Our Own War: The Arsenal of Democracy

NOW OPEN in Center Stage in the Allesee Gallery of Culture  We Fought Our Own War: The Arsenal of Democracy After the United States entered World War II, thousands of young men enlisted to join the fight overseas and many industries in Detroit...

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