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  • Monday: Closed
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  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

We are closed on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve

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Motown Museum is the beating heart of the extraordinary Motown legacy—a destination that brings together people and ideas from different generations, and celebrates the past while simultaneously building a bridge to the future.

About Motown Museum

To ensure our vast collection maintains public visibility, and to keep things fresh for our guests, Motown Museum changes its main gallery exhibit 1-2 times per year. Here is what’s currently showing at our museum.

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Motown Museum transports you into an era of musical magic. From the second you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted with the voices of Motown and a profound sense of history and significance.

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Hitsville NEXT Programs

Our uniquely curated community programs emphasize education, entrepreneurship and equity—with experiences, mentoring and exposure that nurtures and elevates tomorrow’s history makers. Museum programs cultivate creativity and entrepreneurship in budding talent, allowing great art, big ideas and innovation to flourish.

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MOTOWN MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


Ages 16+ | January 2022 - April 2022

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label— a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s....

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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Singing Competition


Ages 16+ | September - January

An open to the public, family-oriented event, AMPLIFY seeks to build on the rich legacy of Motown, celebrate the unique voices of Detroit....

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Hitsville NEXT Events

From memorable galas and concert performances, to community celebrations and educational programs, we host a range of special events throughout the year.

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Lyric Project: Songwriter Showcase


July 16, 2021 @ 7PM EST

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Grand Finale


April 29, 2021 @ 7pm

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Motown Legacy

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, the legendary Motown portfolio made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a signature Motown Sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century.

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Like many other African Americans in the early 20th century, Berry Gordy, Sr. and his wife, Bertha Fuller Gordy, came North from Georgia to find a better life for themselves and their family.

Gordy Family

Motown is an extended family of some of the most iconic and influential artists, musicians and songwriters of our time. Brought together by destiny through their love for making music, they found themselves making history.

Motown Artists

The culmination of years of planning, hard work and generous contributions from dedicated donors, the highly anticipated, $50 million Motown Museum expansion project will grow the museum campus to a 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination.

Expansion

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When you contribute to the Motown Museum, you become part of a rich musical and cultural legacy. We are a 501(c)(3) not for profit, tax-exempt organization in Detroit.

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Grand Opening

We're Open Downtown

580 Monroe Ave, Detroit MI 48226 | Wed - Sat 10AM - 5PM

While tours are paused, our retail items will be available for sale at our new GreekTown (580 Monroe Street, Detroit, Mi 48208) location while we prepare for the museum expansion.

Current Exhibit

Still Going On

Featured in Detroit Month of Design

This free, outdoor, walkable installation stretches from Woodward Avenue to the front steps of Hitsville U.S.A. was introduced earlier this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s groundbreaking ‘What’s Going On’ album.

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Motown MIC has Returned

Open to All Ages 16+

Grab your pens spoken word artists, poets and lyricists! Audition Online NOW by December 12th

Motown Museum Expansion

From Groundbreaking to Breaking New Ground

The culmination of years of planning, hard work, and generous contributions from dedicated donors, the highly anticipated, multi-phase, $50 million Motown Museum expansion project-the heart of which is called Hitsville NEXT-will grow the museum campus to a nearly 50,000-square-foot world-class entertainment and education tourist destination.

On The Road with Motown


Visit our new Downtown Retail Store

Come see us at NEW GreekTown Store (580 Monroe Street, Detroit, Mi 48208) Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Our new space is regularly cleaned for your safety while you Shop Around.

Grab your pens spoken word artists, poets, and lyricists!


Hitsville NEXT

Open auditions have begun for Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition 2022! Click below for info on how to audition to win $3000, be published in Broadside Lotus Press, engage with Black Forum Label executives and more!

It Takes Two

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural institution, Motown Museum would not exist without the support of our generous patrons like you. Whether you’re down the street or across the globe, you can make an impact on the important work we do here in Detroit. Make a donation today and help us preserve the Motown legacy for decades to come—even the smallest amount can make a big difference.

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Directions

2648 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48208

(313) 875-2264

Motown Museum is located on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit—east of Rosa Parks Boulevard and west of Woodward Ave. and the John C. Lodge Expressway (M-10).

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About Motown Museum

“When I visited Motown Museum, I remembered listening to records as a kid in Liverpool, learning the songs ‘You Really Got a Hold on Me’ (by the Miracles) and ‘Money’ (by Barrett Strong).”

Sir. Paul McCartney, The Beatles

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 U.S.A., Studio A, and an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs, apparel and memorabilia.

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.

Our Mission

To preserve, promote and celebrate the authentic Motown Story as a platform for others to flourish as thinkers, creators, neighbors and entrepreneurs.

 

Our Vision

That all generations will come to know, be inspired and transformed by the Legacy, Sound and the unparalleled cultural and social impact of Motown.

 


About Hitsville NEXT

“Not only will the expanded museum entertain and tell the stories of talented and creative people who succeeded against all odds, but it will also inspire and create opportunities for people to explore their dreams the way I did mine. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that.”

Berry Gordy, Founder, Motown Records

Hitsville NEXT is the educational center of Motown Museum’s newly expanded campus. As the hub of our programming efforts, it is the place in Detroit for talent cultivation, entrepreneurial training and empowerment, music making and professional development for those aspiring to be in the music industry.

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