Community Gallery: 100 Years of Music, Magic and Community

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 community. Organizations are featured in order to share their stories and provide new perspectives on the issues, ideas and individuals that have shaped our region’s rich history.

It was officially renamed as a tribute to retiring long-time Executive Director Bob Bury on June 28, 2018 and will be dedicated in a ceremony on November 1, 2018.


OPENING ON JANUARY 25, 2020 in the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery

100 Years of Music, Magic and Community

Celebrate 100 years of Orchestra Hall with the Detroit Historical Society and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as we explore the music, magic and community of the legendary building and people of Orchestra Hall.

Explore the many facets of Orchestra Hall and the community of Detroiters who spent time in this extraordinary space over the past 100 years. Take a comprehensive look at the past with artifacts, images and audio that begin with the construction of Orchestra Hall and follow its history to modern day. The story of Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Orchestra Hall’s first Music Director will be joined with the story of the Hall’s origins and first 20 years. Discover what happened in the years after the Detroit Symphony Orchestra left Orchestra Hall and new audiences adopted the structure for new purposes, breathing new life into the space. Learn about the rebirth of Orchestra Hall for a new age and how it serves the community today while looking ahead to tomorrow. Become immersed in history as you listen to music, watch videos and take the stage to try your hand at conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. 

This exhibition was developed by the Detroit Historical Society in partnership with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Special thanks to guest writer Mark Stryker, creative consultant to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and author of Destiny: 100 Years of Music, Magic, and Community at Orchestra Hall in Detroit and Jazz from Detroit. This exhibition is generously underwritten by the DTE Energy Foundation and Ann and James B. Nicolson with additional support from the Ford Motor Company Fund. 


As part of the 100th anniversary celebration, you can also visit our on-site exhibition at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (3711 Woodward Ave.) through March 29,  2020. Find it on the second floor in the John and Marlene Boll Green Room during the building's public open hours.