Group Tours & Programs

The Detroit Historical Museum provides engaging educational and fun experiences for everyone. Join our docents on an exploration of the Museums’ signature exhibits. After your tour, we welcome you to also view our changing exhibits.

Tours and workshops must be booked a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks in advance. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation letter with an invoice. Full payment is due two weeks prior to the program date. Your program is subject to cancellation if your payment is late.

Lunch rooms can be reserved for an additional $50. A list of preferred lunch caterers is available upon request.

Parking in our lot is $9 per car and based on availability. 

Cost: $5 per person

Capacity: 10 - 100 people

Length: 90 minutes

Tours are available by appointment at the following times:

Tuesday through Friday
• 10 – 11:30 a.m.
• 12:30 – 2 p.m.
• 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Saturday
• 11 – 12:30 p.m.
• 1 – 2:30 p.m.

 

Please note: To ensure a quality museum experience for all visitors, the Detroit Historical Museum reserves the right to refuse unscheduled self-guided groups larger than 30, based on daily tour capacity. 

Tours:

Detroit Memories & Moments   

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Experience 300 years of Detroit history with visits to the Frontiers to Factories: Detroiters at Work, 1701-1901, America’s Motor City and Streets of Old Detroit exhibits. Explore the role of the city during World War II in the Detroit: The “Arsenal of Democracy” exhibit and view artifacts in the Allesee Gallery of Culture
showcasing the iconic people, places and moments of Detroit in the 20th century.

Historical Perspectives

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Learn about significant geographic, economic, social and cultural developments of the city. Discover why the French settled the area and why the fur trade was important to the city’s development. Learn the importance of Michigan’s natural resources, their effect on Detroit’s industrial development and how we became the Motor City. During this tour participants will also stroll through the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit.

Detroit 67: Perspectives Facilitated Group Experience

Groups will experience Detroit 67: Perspectives through a dialogue-based, facilitated experience. Your group will visit the exhibition and participate in discussions surrounding the events of the turbulent summer of 1967. Following the facilitated portion, groups will be given additional time to reflect, experience portions of the exhibit individually, and to ask questions. This 90-minute experience allows guests to examine the footsteps Detroiters took in the past in hopes of inspiring and encouraging our future generations to shape a brighter future for the city of Detroit. The Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition is located adjacent to our Doorway to Freedom-Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibition, which may be of additional interest to groups visiting the 67 exhibition.

  • $10 per person
  • 90 minute experience
  • The group experience maximum is 30 participants and the minimum is 10 participants. 

A note to our visitors:

  • The Detroit 67: Perspectives facilitated experience is not a typical museum tour! (Typically, a museum guide will lead you through a space and talk to you about the information and objects you see.)
  • Because the Detroit 67: Perspectives exhibition is about events, people and social change, your facilitator will provide some key information regarding this history, but will then ask questions to generate dialogue and conversation about the topics in the exhibition. 
  • Audience participation is a key part of this experience.
  • Detroit 67: Perspectives highlights events and ideas that have the potential to be sensitive and personal. Issues of race, social unrest and economic injustice are all a part of what led to this period of civil unrest. 
  • As an institution, the Detroit Historical Society is not taking a position regarding these events, nor are we judging them. Our commitment is to present as many perspectives as possible from those who experienced the events first hand. 

Detroit’s African American Perspectives Tours

The Detroit Historical Museum is thrilled to offer a series of tours focused on the history, experiences and enduring influence of African Americans in Detroit. There are a total of 6 tour focuses that groups can choose from. Jamon Jordan, founder of the Black Scroll Network, will be the guide for these tours.

$15 per person. You must have a minimum of 20 people to book this tour. If you have less than 20 people you will be charged a flat fee of $300.

Tour Focus Options:

  • Doorway to Freedom: Slavery & the Underground Railroad
  • Detroit: Black Bottom & Paradise Valley
  • Motown & More: Detroit’s African American Music History
  • Detroit: African American Leaders & Heroes and Their Stories
  • Detroit: Moments in the Civil Rights and Black Power Movements
  • Forged By Fire: Detroit’s Riots & Rebellions and Turbulent Racial History

Workshop:

Are you in need of a Team Building exercise?

Try our History Detectives Game!

Your team is invited to become “History Detectives” as they explore the Detroit Historical Museum’s Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. Learn about Detroit in the 1840s, 1870s and 1900s as you seek answers to questions in storefronts and decipher clues to find the next stop. Played in teams of up to five, the activity engages team members in local history, helps them understand its change over time, and encourages them to make connections to the present day. 

Time: Tuesday – Friday, 10-11:30am, 12:30-2pm or 2-3:30pm

Capacity: Up to 30 people             

Cost: $200 flat rate

  

For more information on our programs or to book a tour, please call us at 313.833.1419 or complete the short form below.

Please note: To ensure a quality museum experience for all visitors, the Detroit Historical Museum reserves the right to refuse unscheduled self-guided groups larger than 30, based on daily tour capacity.

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