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Motown Museum

2648 Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48208 USA

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Today, the museum is in two houses, although at one point Motown owned most of the homes up and down this street. The label’s operations were inspired by Ford’s assembly line, so each house had a purpose. One little building that has been preserved is where a lot of the recording took place, and they still have original instruments and equipment that Motown artists would have used. It’s incredible to think about the number of legends who passed through here. If you have time, chat with the employees… they have all kinds of history and interesting stories to tell.

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“Discover the Hits in Hitsville, USA!”

Motown Museum – Hitsville U.S.A. is the original birthplace of the Motown Sound where many of your favorite hit songs where recorded.

The Motown Museum is one of Southeastern Michigan's most popular tourist destinations. Each year, the museum attracts thousands of visitors from across the nation and around the globe. Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the Museum's mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Corporation and to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. The Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

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Reviewed by
Kainiaa

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  • 2 Helpful
March 13, 2014
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Great place to see! The tour guides are very knowledgeable and also very good singers as well :) (No cameras allowed unfortunately)

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Lesli Peterson

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February 06, 2023
Rated 5.0

One of our first picks for any person who is visiting Detroit is the Motown Museum, which tells the story of popular music and the city’s role in it. The museum provides you with a rich and enthralling experience that spans nearly an hour, and culminates with the Motown Recording Studio, where several notable artists recorded some of the best soul songs in history.

Make sure to check up on the opening days and hours, as they change based on the season.

We think a visit here is one of the best things to do in Detroit!

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Doof-O-Matic

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August 31, 2022
Rated 5.0

Very cool place! Tours are every half hour $15 adults and $10 seniors/kids. Tour lasts an hour and takes in a history of Barry Gordy and Motown Records (and associated labels) in a 15 minute film, displays of album covers and Motown photos, a walk through the Gordy’s apartment, Motown business office, and Studio A. Pictures allowed but no videos. The music playing in the background will put a smile on your face!

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kelly.g.oravec

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August 01, 2021
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closed until the summer of 2022

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drivingisabreeze

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July 23, 2017
Rated 4.0

We learned a lot about Motown! Although the tour groups are too big (the tour groups should be no more than ten people to ensure everyone sees everything while the tour guide speaks), our tour guide kept everyone's attention with clever remarks, eye contact, and clapping.

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LGDurham522

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May 12, 2017
Rated 4.0

Wonderful history!!! Small building with large history! Loved the tour!!

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Reviewed by
erouterin

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May 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

Awesome. A must for visitors and residents of Detroit. You'll see museum features as well as the actual places where daily operations took place. The day I went, I was lucky enough to have the Martha Reeves lead my tour, which, according to the staff, will happen from time to time with various Motown legends.

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Amy

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  • 1 Helpful
October 06, 2014
Rated 5.0

Loads of fun! A visit to Detroit would not be complete without a stop at the Motown Museum.

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Motown Museum

2648 Grand Blvd
Detroit, Michigan
48208 USA
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  • Sun, Tue - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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