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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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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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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 9 Grade | August 2 - 13

Motown SPARK is a day camp that provides a safe space for middle school aged participants to explore career opportunities available in the music industry and find their artistic talent....

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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


10 - 12 Grade | August 2 - 13

Ignite offers a day program for high school aged singers that will take them on a journey of artistic visioning through collaborative performance opportunities, group lessons and workshops catered to the foundation of artist development....

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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.

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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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Due to the unforeseen flood and the highly anticipated expansion, we will be closed for tours until Summer of 2022. Please read our full statement.

Esther Gordy Edwards

Esther Gordy Edwards is the founder of Motown Museum and a former Motown Records’ senior vice president and corporate secretary. The last thing on Mrs. Edwards’ mind was establishing a museum when Motown’s headquarters moved to Los Angeles in 1972 and she stayed to maintain a corporate office at Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit. As she worked, people would knock on the door, asking to “take a peek” at Studio A, the original Motown recording studio where their favorite songs had been recorded. Ever gracious, Mrs. Edwards would stop working and take these uninvited, but nonetheless welcomed, guests on an impromptu tour of the facility. 

It soon occurred to her, after eventually touring thousands of people from around the world, that the building at 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Hitsville U.S.A., had become a monument to the music Motown created. Sister to Motown Founder, Berry Gordy, Mrs. Edwards called her brother and said, “Berry, I think we made history and didn’t know it.” He agreed. With keen insight and a vast collection of Motown memorabilia she had acquired during her years with the company, she set out on what she refers to as “a divinely guided mission” to establish a museum devoted to preserving the Motown legacy, which also encompassed the Gordy Family history, and to share the phenomenal American success story with all people, especially youth. 

The Museum opened in 1985 in the Hitsville U.S.A building and was declared a Historic Site by the State of Michigan in 1987. The Museum was renovated in 1995, when a gallery was added and the early Motown offices and upper flat in which a young Berry Gordy and his family lived were restored. 

Today, decades later, several million grateful Motown fans have visited Hitsville U.S.A. Motown Museum is the only place in the world where visitors can experience the actual place where the Motown Sound was created and stand in the footsteps of the Motown Stars who made it. 

Mrs. Edwards passed away on August 24, 2011 but her work continues on at Motown Museum. 

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