Things to Do in Detroit

One of the best parts of using a credit union over a bank is discovering all the savings you’ll have, and what better way to celebrate those savings than to treat yourself. There’s plenty to do in the Motor City, but we want to highlight some of our favorite things to do in Detroit for the next time you’re looking to have some fun.

Detroit Institute of Arts

Founded in 1885 on Jefferson Avenue, the Detroit Institute of Arts quickly expanded its collection and by 1927 had to relocate to its current location on Woodward Avenue. Two wings were added in the 60s and 70s, and a major expansion effort was underway from 1999 until 2007. With over 100 galleries, an 1,150-seat auditorium, and an art reference library, the DIA is one of the finest institutions of its kind. Whether you’re seeking the Detroit Industry fresco cycle of Diego Rivera, van Gogh’s self-portrait, or one of the many rotating collections, it’s easy to lose a day or a week in Detroit Institute of Arts.

Motown Museum

Chronicling the history of Berry Gordon Jr’s Motown Records, the Motown Museum preserves, protects, and presents the story of one of the world’s most influential record labels. More than just a record of what was, the Motown Museum’s modern mission is to share the Motown story, legacy, and sound with future generations, to inspire them to continue making music.

You’ll find the Motown Museum at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, where you can tour Studio A and the control room where some of the greatest songs the world has ever known were recorded.

Third Man Records

Detroit’s legendary music scene may be grounded in the past, but it is being built upon year after year. Jack White established Third Man Records in Detroit in 2001, eventually opening a physical location in the Motor City in 2015: Third Man Records Cass Corridor. More than just a record store, this Third Man location features a novelties lounge, an in-store performance stage, a recording booth, and even a vinyl pressing plant where visitors can see records being made.

They also have one of the most unique pieces of equipment: the Voice-o-Graph. Record up to 2 minutes and have it immediately pressed to a record that can be taken home.

The Fillmore

If live music is more your thing, The Fillmore is one of the iconic Detroit music venues. While it opened its doors as a movie theater in 1925, it has since been renovated to offer a unique concert experience. The grand lobby keeps those original Fillmore chandeliers to give it a unique sense of style and class. It might be easier to make a list of which acts haven’t performed at The Fillmore than which ones have, and it’s only a matter of time before your favorite graces the stage at 2115 Woodward.

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