View Our Facebook PageView Our Facebook PageView Our Facebook Page
Your Guide to Cultural
Arts in America
Art Museums, Theater, Dance
& Music Happenings in 90+ Cities!
or go to
Detroit, Michigan

Detroit: Art Museums

“Renaissance City,” one of Detroit’s many nicknames, is easily justified. Art is just about everywhere in the city: from the world-renowned Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), to the reclaimed abandoned lots that have been transformed into community-friendly art spaces, the most notable being the Heidelberg Project. The city also boasts two contemporary art museums, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit (MOCAD) and the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID). Galleries and artists’ markets have a strong presence as well, specifically in Detroit’s Cultural District in the Midtown area. Recently, there has been a strong influx of artists moving to the Motor City from all over the country, drawn to the low cost of studio space and the supportive atmosphere.

The rich array of architecture in Detroit, particularly in its downtown riverfront area, has been recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as being among the finest in the country. Skyscrapers in Neoclassical, Art Deco, and Neo-Renaissance styles, which arose in the first half of the twentieth century, feature ornate detailing and lush interiors; the three-story lobby in Detroit’s Fisher Building, for example, was constructed using forty different types of marble. Also notable are the city’s many historic neighborhoods and churches. (Molly Schoen)

Detroit Art Museums: Art Museums Around Detroit

Below are our Detroit Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in Detroit Art.

Cranbrook Art Museum

The Cranbook Art Museum is under renovation until Spring 2011, when it will unveil the restoration of its landmark 1942 Eliel Saarinen–designed museum building. Renovations include a new climate-control system and a state-of-the-art collections wing.

While the museum is closed to the public, the Saarinen House, the architect’s Art Deco masterwork, is still open for public viewing. The house was the home and studio of the Finnish-American designer and his wife …more…

Detroit Institute of Arts (The DIA)

The Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the largest and richest collections of art in the US. Big and beautiful, the DIA is a must-see, holding over 65,000 pieces in its nearly 700,000 square foot buildings. Its size is matched by its diversity with a multicultural, multinational survey of the visual arts, ranging from prehistory all the way through the 21st century. Some of the most noteworthy holdings include …more…

University of Michigan Museum of Art

Since 1856, University of Michigan students have had access to an art museum on campus, though it was only in 1910 that the University’s art collection found a permanent home in the newly built Alumni Hall.  The 20th century saw the collection outgrew its modest home, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that definitive action was taken.

In 2009, after being closed to the public for three years, the Museum …more…