Detroit, Michigan was once a booming, economically superior city in the Great Lake State. Unfortunately, Detroit has reputably lost much of its splendor. While I was unable to witness Detroit in its time of prosperity, it is still evident that this place is truly a place of historical significance to American culture. If you happen to be in Michigan, don’t dart straight for the Upper Peninsula, check out Detroit.
Here are some of the things you really shouldn’t miss:
Motown Historical Museum was founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards in the hopes to inspire future generations to their own originality and goals. The museum houses original photographs, art, music, costumes and more from the original Motown artists. Guided tours are available and the museum is wheelchair accessible. Some rooms illustrate housing and the rock bottom this small company began at and then stormed to the top of producing companies in the 1970s.
The Gallery was one of the most interesting parts of the Motown Historical Museum. Here, you are able to see the original and rare photos, original costumes and sheet music. Upon my visit, we saw Michael Jackson’s silver sequined glove and hat. It was now kept in a display case. The curator informed us there was an attempted robbery of the item previously.
Recording “Studio A” was open 24 hours a day in 1959. The set up and studio plays on structure for sound effects. It is awesome to see where original artists we hear on oldies stations recorded here. Visitors are also able to see the control room used to create the Motown sound.
Detroit Institute of Arts is another one of the more popular attractions in Detroit, Michigan. The exhibitions here change every few months and range from antiquated art to current art. Currently, there is an exhibition displaying photographs of Detroit in the prime year of 1955. Both guided and audio tours are available. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children, and free for military personnel and Detroit residents on Fridays.
Belle Isle is a little escape from the hustle and bustle into a scenic environment that is perfect for a day outdoors. This is actually an island with numerous activity centers to suit a plethora of desires that can take an hour or a day. There are athletic programs, hiking, and plenty of beautiful gardens to explore.
Detroit has more to do than it is often given credit for. Some organizations and businesses are working very hard to maintain the glory of Detroit, once better known as Motor City. Take a stroll through the history and architecture. Finish it off with a meal at Detroit’s Hard Rock Café for some more cultural history.