& Self-Guided Tours
There is no better place
than here to explore Detroit's intellectual and artistic influences. Development of the Cultural Center
dates back to 1913 as part of the City Beautiful movement which advocated the
clustering of important public buildings.
Three buildings make up the core of the Cultural Center
-- the Detroit Public Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and the Horace H. Rackham
Building. Since the establishment of these
architectural monuments, the Cultural
Center has expanded to
include a number of other museums, galleries, theatres, and attractions, most
within walking distance of one another.
In addition, the area is home to two highly regarded educational
and the College for Creative Studies.
Center's location two
miles north of downtown along Woodward
Avenue makes it a convenient, must-see destination for visitors.
Your best bet is to park
your car and visit each attraction on foot.
Parking is available at the public garage located at 41 Farnsworth
(enter the facility between Woodward and John R). Free on-street parking and metered
on-street parking are also available.
Museum of African American History
315 East Warren, Detroit
Wright, a Detroit
obstetrician and gynecologist, established the City's first International
Afro-American Musuem in 1965. Three
decades and three addresses later, a new Museum of African
American History was opened in the heart of the
Cultural Center. The 120,000 square foot, state-of-the-art
facility is considered one of the largest Africal-American history museums in
the world. The buidling house a core
exhibition called And Still We Rise which takes visitors on a journey through
3.5 million years of courage, deterimination, ingenuity, and spriitual energy
of African Americans as they pursued emancipation and full rights of
citizenship. In addition to And Still
We Rise, the museum showcases a number of other interesting, limited-run
5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Your exploration into
Detroit's and southeastern Michigan's rich history begins at the Detroit
Historical Museum. The museum traces
the region through over 300 years of history through a number of creative
displays. Of particular interest is
the 8,000 square foot Motor City exhibition focused on Automotive Heritage and
featuring an actual working auto body drop from the General Motors Clark
Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
The DIA has been a hallmark of
Detroit culture since its founding in 1885.
The museum covers over 600,000 square feet and houses one of the
largest and most diverse collections of multicultural art in the United States,
including the priceless Vincent van Gogh Self Portrait and the masterpiece
sculpture Nail Figure from Zaire. To top it off, visitors are treated to
Mexican artist Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry fresco cycle, considered
Rivera's most important work in the U.S. Rivera painted 27 fresco panels, many of
them modeled after the Ford Rouge
Plant, on the walls of the large garden court inside the DIA.
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
The Detroit Public Library is the largest library system in
the State of Michigan. The Main Library and its 23 neighborhood branches make
it one of the most valuable and accessible public institutions in
Metropolitan Detroit. The Public Library had
been located in two other places before it moved into its current home in
1921. Its architect was Cass Gilbert,
noted for the Minnesota State Capitol and the Woolworth Building,
who wanted his building to "create an environment of scholarship and
refinement." Gilbert designed the
library in Italian Renaissance style, facing its exterior with white marble
and having interior spaces decorated with murals, tiles and mosaics. In 1963 the library gained extra space with
an austere rear addition.
5020 John R, Detroit
In the early 1970s, Detroit
banker and philanthropist Dexter Ferry believed Detroit's youth lacked the
same learning opportunities available in other major cities and led efforts
to establish a major science center in the City. Construction on the original science center
began in 1976 and a major renovation and expansion was completed in
2001. Today's Michigan Science Center
encompasses over 110,000 square feet and offers Michigan's only IMAX Dome
Theatre, a state-of-the-art digital planetarium, and multiple exhibit
laboratories and learning environments.
The Michigan Science Center is the perfect family venue that both
educates and entertains.
Wayne State University
Vicinity of Cass Avenue and Putnam Street, Detroit
Wayne State University is Michigan's only urban research university,
with 11 schools and colleges offering more than 350 major subject areas to 33,000
graduate and undergraduate students.
encompasses 203 acres of beautifully landscaped walkways and gathering spots,
linking 100 education and research buildings. Of particular note is the
university's Department of Theatre which stakes claim to Detroit's oldest noncommercial theatre and
operates three performance venues in the Cultural Center
area. Each year the Bonstelle, Hillberry, and
Studio Theatres play to the second largest audience in Michigan, behind only that of the Fisher Theatre.
For information on additional attractions located in
or around the Cultural Center,
click on the links below:
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