Behind The Scenes Tours

Each season, the Detroit Historical Society hosts special Behind the Scenes tours of historic locations and other venues throughout metro Detroit. Let our expert guides show you these places in ways you’ve never experienced before!

These weekly tours normally take place on Saturdays, but some do take place on weekdays. On average, tours last from 90 minutes to two hours. To ensure the safety of our guests, tours require you to meet at the tour location.

Because reservations are required and many tours are only able to accommodate a very limited number of guests, we recommend that you make your plans well in advance - and become a member and create an online account to get the earliest access to tickets. Tour information is released quarterly and posted on the 1st of January, March, June and September for each upcoming season. Tickets will become available to members about two weeks later (please see postings for exact on-sale dates).

The Detroit Historical Society continues to monitor the COVID-19 public health emergency closely. You can purchase Behind the Scenes Tickets with confidenceIf any tour is cancelled or postponed due to the virus, your ticket price can be transferred to the new date, refunded or kept on credit for a future tour. However, tickets are non-refundable in all other circumstances; if you need to cancel, we will make every effort to reschedule you for a future tour but cannot offer refunds.

To take advantage of your Detroit Historical Society membership benefits online, you must create an online account by clicking here.

After your one-time sign up, you can shop for discounted Behind the Scenes tour tickets through the listings below. (Please sign in to access your discount.) Thank you for your continued support! 

Need to buy or renew your membership? Click here.


Current Behind The Scenes Tours:

Lexus Velodrome
April 15 2023 | 10:00am to 11:00am

Limited tickets still available! While the Lexus Velodrome is a modern faciltiy, its original track dates back to the early 1900s...

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Rebel Nell
May 11 2023 | 10:00am to 11:00am

Limited tickets still available! Art, social justice, craft, and empowerment are just a few things you will find at Rebel Nell...

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Eloise Asylum - Postponed
May 20 2023 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Unfortunately, this tour has been postponed to a later date. Please watch for updates!

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Leisure on the Lakes Lecture
May 20 2023 | 10:00am to 11:00am

Limited tickets still available! Join us at the Detroit Historical Museum to take a trip down memory lane and rediscover leisure...

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Pontiac Little Art Theatre
June 3 2023 | 10:00am to 11:00am

Limited tickets still available! The stage is ours as we visit the Pontiac Little Art Theater, built in 1868, home to many retail...

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Members Only! Collections Resource Center
June 16 2023 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Limited tickets still available! Join us for a special members-only tour of our Collections Resource Center at Historic Fort...

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Arts and Scraps
June 24 2023 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Limited tickets still available! School’s out, time for fun! Explore the campus of Arts and Scraps, known for their community ...

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