Detroit is a center for arts and culture. The great diversity of the city and its metropolitan region has yielded a rich cultural fabric. Throughout the year, there is always something different to do - whether it’s a mariachi performance in Mexicantown, great Polish food at the St. Albertus Festival, a renowned speaker at the Museum of African American History, or a special art exhibit at the Arab American National Museum. Detroit brings together its great history in music, art, and theater to create a cultural experience second to none.
Detroit’s Midtown is known as the Cultural Center, precisely because it is home to the newly expanded Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit Science Center, Museum of African American History, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Detroit Public Library’s magnificent Main Branch all within walking distance of each other. Every year, this area hosts the Midsummer Nights in Midtown and Noel Night – outdoor festivals that bring together art, entertainment, and the many galleries and cultural institutions. It’s not difficult to discover how much culture Detroit has to offer.
Detroit is home to a burgeoning arts scene, with over 40 galleries throughout the city. These institutions range from Pewabic Pottery, an internationally recognized ceramics art studio and gallery since 1903, to the Detroit Artists Market, a nonprofit gallery space dedicated to promoting Detroit artists, to community galleries like the Bagley Art Gallery, which showcases neighborhood art.
Detroit’s musical legacy is celebrated at Hitsville USA, as well as at the jazz clubs, techno clubs, and other musical venues throughout the city. Detroit is home to the second largest theatre district in the United States, including great masterpieces like the Fox Theatre, Masonic Temple Theatre, Detroit Opera House, which is home to the Michigan Opera Theatre, Fillmore Theatre and newly expanded Orchestra Hall, home to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Smaller venues provide a more intimate setting like City Theater and the historic Little Gem Theatre. Theatergoers also have the opportunity to experience original Detroit theatrical works at the Matrix Theater, Planet Ant and other venues.
While the city is a cultural hotspot, the region also shares in this wealth, with many other opportunities for arts and culture. Most notable is the renowned Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village, which provides a great perspective on American history and the region’s industrial past.