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. 

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:

Collections Resource Center
February 27 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

SOLD OUT! The Collections Resource Center (CRC) of the Detroit Historical Society houses a collection of more than 250,000...

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Pewabic Pottery
March 6 2021 | 10:00am to 11:30am

Limited tickets still available! During this tour and workshop, you will have the opportunity to see the pottery at work,...

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Detroit's Legendary Ladies Tour #1
March 6 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Limited tickets still available! Two tour times! Explore the Detroit Historical Museum through the eyes of the women who...

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Detroit's Legendary Ladies Tour #2
March 6 2021 | 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Limited tickets still available! Two tour times! Explore the Detroit Historical Museum through the eyes of the women who...

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Historical Marker Poker Run
March 13 2021 | 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Limited tickets still available! On your mark, get set, go! Learn all about the history of the city as you and your team...

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Redford Theatre Tour #1
March 19 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Limited tickets still available! Two tour dates! Constructed in 1928, this theatre has been in continual use since. View the...

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Redford Theatre Tour #2
March 26 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Limited tickets still available! Two tour dates! Constructed in 1928, this theatre has been in continual use since. View the...

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Indigenous History of Belle Isle Walking Tour #1
March 27 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

SOLD OUT! Two tour times! Join us on an important journey through Swan island, known to many as Belle Isle, as we discuss the...

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Indigenous History of Belle Isle Walking Tour #2
March 27 2021 | 1:30pm to 3:00pm

SOLD OUT! Two tour times! Join us on an important journey through Swan island, known to many as Belle Isle, as we discuss the...

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Collections Resource Center Tour #1
April 10 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Virtual Tour! Negro Motorist Green Book
April 16 2021 | 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Earthworks Urban Farm
April 30 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Indigenous History of Belle Isle Walking Tour
May 1 2021 | 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Detroit's Legendary Ladies Tour #1
May 15 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Detroit's Legendary Ladies Tour #2
May 15 2021 | 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Palmer Park Tour
June 5 2021 | 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Collections Resource Center Tour #2
June 11 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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Bee's Knees and Beaux Arts: 1920s Architectural Tour
June 19 2021 | 11:00am to 12:30pm

Tickets go on sale to members at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 22! No tickets will be sold before this time. Any remaining tickets...

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