Charles H Wright Museum of African American History Campus Martius Park

For over half a century, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has dedicated itself to exploring and celebrating the rich cultural legacy of African Americans. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, in the city's thriving Midtown region. Dr. Charles Howard Wright, a successful Detroit physician and civil rights activist, founded Detroit's first International Afro-American Museum in 1965.

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Museum Campus Midtown
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

Detroit Institute of Arts -DIA The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. The DIA collection is regarded as among the top six museums in the United States with an encyclopedic collection which spans the globe from ancient Egyptian and European works to contemporary art. The DIA campus is located in Detroit's Cultural Center Historic District, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north of the downtown area, across from the Detroit Public Library near Wayne State University.

Detroit Opera House/Broadway In Detroit Located on the corners of Broadway and Madison at Grand Circus Park, what is now known as the Detroit Opera House was originally opened as the Capitol Theater on January 12, 1922. At the time of its gala premiere, the 4,250-seat theater claimed to be the fifth largest in the world. The theater was the first in a series of palatial vaudeville and moving picture houses built in the Grand Circus Park area in the 1920s. It was designed by renowned Detroit architect C. Howard Crane, whose genius for theater design took him to cities around the nation.

The Detroit Opera House Broadway In Detroit Theater
The Detroit Opera House/Broadway In Detroit

"The Spirit of Detroit" is a Detroit icon, synonymous with the city itself and the dedication of those who love the Motor City. The bronze monument sits on a 60-ton marble base and is parked in front of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center in the heart of Downtown Detroit. He overlooks Detroit's main drag of Woodward Avenue and is a stone's throw from Hart Plaza.

Detroit RiverWalk The Detroit International RiverWalk spans more than three miles, from Rosa Parks Blvd. to the Belle Isle Bridge. This breathtaking feature offers the RiverWalk Café for guests to fuel up for an enjoyable walk, run, bike ride or just to relax. Aside from taking a walk or bike ride on the Detroit Riverwalk, take in the sight of new Detroit developments, splash around in several fountains and splash parks for kids, ride the carousel, enjoy nature areas and take in the views of both Detroit and Canada.

The Detroit RiverWalk US Canadian Border Windsor Ontario
The Detroit RiverWalk

Eastern Market Eastern Market (Detroit) is the destination in the heart of the city with fresh food, restaurants, businesses, art and culture. Detroiters have flocked to Detroit's Eastern Market since 1841, making this urban farmers market one of the nation's oldest.

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Hebru Brantley Mural Detroit Eastern Market

GM Renaissance. The Renaissance Center is a group of seven connected skyscrapers in Downtown Detroit, Michigan, United States. The Renaissance Center complex is on the Detroit International Riverfront and is owned by General Motors as its world headquarters. The central tower in it's past, has been the tallest building in Michigan.

Michigan Science Center The mission of the Michigan Science Center is to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math.

Michigan Science Museum
Michigan Science Museum

Motown Museum Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards—former Motown Records executive and sister to Motown founder, Berry Gordy—Motown Museum is home to iconic Hitsville. As one of Michigan’s top international tourist destinations, visitors come from every corner of the globe to explore the latest exhibits, hear interesting stories from knowledgeable tour guides and stand inside the historic spaces where some of the greatest music of all time was recorded.

Motown Museum Hitsville
Hitsville USA Motown Museum

Belle Isle Park, a 985-acre island park located on the Detroit River near Downtown Detroit, is rich with natural beauty and historical and cultural resources. The park provides spectacular views of Detroit to the North and Canada to the South. It’s home to the James Scott Memorial Fountain, the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory, the Belle Isle Aquarium, the Ralph Wilson Gateway (which serves as the official southern trailhead for Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail), a golf course and many more cultural and natural attractions. Visitors can also swim at the designated swim beach, ride bicycles, fish, paddle and more.

Belle Isle James Scott Memorial Fountain
James Scott Memorial Fountain

Gateway to Freedom Monument Until Emancipation, Detroit and the Detroit River community served as the gateway to freedom for thousands of African American people escaping enslavement. Detroit was one of the largest terminals of the Underground Railroad, a network of abolitionists aiding enslaved people seeking freedom. Detroit's Underground Railroad code name was Midnight. At first, Michigan was a destination for freedom seekers, but Canada became a safer sanctuary after slavery was abolished there in 1834. With passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, many runaways left their homes in Detroit and crossed the river to Canada to remain free. Some returned after Emancipation in 1863.

Horace Dodge Fountain Located at the center of Hart Plaza is the Horace E. Dodge and Son Memorial Fountain, designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1978. Anna Thompson Dodge, the wife of the late Horace Dodge, an auto pioneer, gave the City of Detroit $1,000,000 towards the construction of a fountain in memory of her late husband and son. The stainless steel fountain is composed of two legs topped by a ring to the height of 30 feet above a circular, black granite pool.