Motown Historical Museum, Detroit

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  • Address: 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208, United States, 48208
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 08:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3138752264
  • Fax: +1-3138752267
  • Ticket Price: 15 USD
  • Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Specialty Museum, Social, Arts, Museums
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About Motown Historical Museum, Detroit

Motown Historical Museum is preserved site of The Hitsville USA building, the nickname given to Motown’s First Headquarters. Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the Motown Historical Museum has people come from across America to come visit Studio A, the place where music legends like Diana Ross, The Jackson 5 and Smokey Robinson recorded their albums.

Unmatched for authenticity and faithful presentation of the way things were, the Motown Museum offers an unforgettable glimpse into the history of the legendary record company and the lives of the people who made it happen. Whether it’s the actual Control Room where Motown’s gifted and prolific record producers guided the recording of Motown’s most famous hits or the restored apartment where Motown’s founder, Berry Gordy Jr. and his family lived.

A non profit organisation, the small, unassuming Motown Museum is proof that one single man’s dream turned into the one of the largest recording companies of all time, creating music that captured the hearts and minds of people across the world.

All tours are guided and start every hour. The guides are knowledgeable and know everything about the house, the history of the labels. The tour is made interactive for visitors and concludes with a visit to Studio A, the birthplace of the legends of Motown.

Motown Historical Museum Ticket Prices

  • Adults (Fri-Sun): $15
  • Adults (Tue-Thurs): $12
  • Senior Citizens: $8
  • Children: $7
  • For Bank of America customers, the first weekend of every month is free if you flash your card.

How To reach Motown Historical Museum by Public Transport

  • Bus No 029 stops at Ferry Park & Avery
  • Bus No 16 stops at W Grand Blvd & Holden

Restaurants Near Motown Historical Museum

  • KFC
  • Papa’s Pizza & BBQ – Standard pizzeria with a broad menu
  • Boulevard Café – New York Steak Hotel

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  • This museum is great. Incredible to think that Barry Gordy, Jr. actually recorded so many famous performers in this space. The fact that they maintained the original furnishings is impressive. They have so many cool exhibits and insights into recording at this house and time in history. I never thought about training in the Motown way...turning raw talent into professional acts. Fascinating. I would highly recommend if you have any interest in music, this time period or building a business. So cool.

  • I really enjoyed this tour... It was one of the best tours I have ever been on... This tour gave me chills because of all the great artists/icons that were signed to Motown and recorded there.. The tour was led by Jordan, who is beyond incredible... He sang songs throughout the tour, which kept the tour entertaining.. He is the greatest...If you are ever in Detroit, this needs to be the first stop... You will definitely be transformed back to that great era of time when magic and miracles were being made by Berry Gordy...

  • This place was amazing! Grew up listening to Motown and had this on the bucket list. I was so glad I did it. Worth every dime. This recording label delivered more than music. It delivered a message and the tour guide put it in perspective. Thank you Jordan. When we met i thought id be schooling you. Thank you for educating me. Awesome stories you told. The staff was super friendly so props to the management. You have a awesome team. There is alot of Detroit luv in this house.

  • Awesome history, we had a great host too! Our guide was very funny and informative (Jordan, I think his name was.) Also had a great set of vocals! Was a genuinely interesting time.

  • I love this place! This is my favorite Detroit area Historical attraction!! The meticulous attention to details in every room and part of the museum was very impressive!! Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and full of energy and she really loved her job and it showed!! I went with my mom dad and sister and they had a very enjoyable experience!! Great Staff!! Great attention to details and great overall experience!!

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