The Detroit Historical Museum is the only museum dedicated to telling our region’s history. Click through to learn more about the new exhibitions - and old favorites - that we offer! All museum exhibitions are free with general admission.

Signature Exhibitions

Our Signature Exhibitions are permanent installations that showcase more than 300 years of the city's rich history. Five permanent exhibitions debuted in 2012: the Gallery of Innovation, the Allesee Gallery of Culture, Motor City MusicLegends Plaza, and Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy. Beloved permanent exhibitions also received upgrades and improvements, including the Streets of Old Detroit, Doorway to Freedom, America's Motor City and Origins: Life Where the River Bends exhibitions. 

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Changing Exhibitions

The Detroit Historical Museum's changing or limited-engagement exhibition galleries include a feature exhibition space in the Booth-Wilkinson gallery and the Robert and Mary Ann Bury Community Gallery, which dedicates space to highlighting local nonprofit organizations, community groups and educational institutions. Other temporary exhibits include Automotive Showplace in the America's Motor City exhibition, Center Stage in the Allessee Gallery of Culture and the Detroit Artists Showcase.

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Traveling Exhibitions


The Detroit Historical Society’s traveling exhibitions program provides cultural institutions and organizations with a selection of rentable exhibitions that are informational, eye-catching and budget friendly.  They are perfect for museums, historic houses, libraries and more.  Our ever-growing catalog of exhibits range in topics: from war posters that inspired citizens during World War II, to individual kiosks that explore Michigan’s role in the Civil War, to masterful renditions of classic cars by transportation artist Jerome Beiderman.  These stories have their roots in Detroit and Michigan, but they resonate with a national audience.

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