CULTURAL HUB

Detroit’s diversity has nurtured the city into a global hub of art and culture. It has mariachi performances in Mexicantown, the St. Albertus Festival featuring live music and Polish food, and the first and only U.S. museum devoted to Arab American history. Detroit has so much to see.

Midtown Detroit, formerly known as the University Cultural Center Association, is home to over 150 organizations representing the area’s cultural, academic, medical and service institutions, corporations, businesses and community organizations. Since its founding in 1976, the organization has been responsible for connecting people to theaters, galleries and museums; the creation of the Sugar Hill Arts District, the construction of community gardens and more.

Detroit’s wealth of museums include:


Arab American National Museum

The Arab American National Museum documents, preserves and presents the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans.

Detroit Institute of Arts

This museum is one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. It includes more than 100 galleries, a lecture hall, auditorium, an art reference library and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory, as well as Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry frescoes.

Detroit Historical Museum

For over 85 years, the Detroit Historical Museum has chronicled the life and times of the region. It celebrated a grand re-opening in 2012 after major upgrades and improvements.

Michigan Science Center

Dedicated to inspiring minds of all ages, the Michigan Science Center is home to live stage shows, an IMAX Dome theater, a planetarium, over 250 hands-on exhibits, lab activities and more.

Motown Museum

Attracting visitors from around the world, the Motown museum houses Studio A, an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia.

Museum of African American History

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History was founded in 1965 and houses over 35,000 artifacts and archival materials. It is home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, the Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, the Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Founded in 1995, MOCAD presents art that contextualizes, interprets, educates and expands culture. The museum is 22,000 square feet of flexible spaces ideal for the exhibition of contemporary art.


The art scene is also thriving in Detroit, with over 40 galleries throughout the city. The Detroit Artists Market is dedicated to promoting local artists, and the Bagley Art Gallery showcases neighborhood art. Detroit is also the home of Pewabic Pottery, an internationally recognized ceramics art studio established in 1903.

Detroit is buzzing with live music options. In addition to jazz clubs, techno clubs and other musical venues, Detroit has the second-largest theater district in the United States. Major theaters include the Detroit Opera House, home to the Michigan Opera Theater; the Fillmore theater, a historic venue that has been welcoming major artists for decades; the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Orchestra Hall; the Fox Theater and more. Additionally, visitors can experience original Detroit theatrical productions at the smaller venues like the Matrix Theater or Planet Ant.