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  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
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  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
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  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!

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 moment you step on the plaza, you’ll be immersed in the Motown sound and will experience a profound sense of history.

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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


Ages 16+ | September - December

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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 12 Grade | July 26 - August 5

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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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 8 Grade | August 9 - 19

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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Events

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

Hitsville NEXT Events

AMPLIFY the Sound of Detroit


March 2022

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


August 2022

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Private Events

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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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Museum Hours

  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
  • • • • • • • •
  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
  • • • • • • • •
  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!
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Closed for tours from November 28, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

Chris Clark

Signed in 1966

Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, Chris Clark spent much of her early life trying to find the right genre. Experimenting with rock, folk, and what she called ‘hippie’ music; she eventually found her voice in soul music. After auditioning for Motown’s Hal Davis in California, Chris was sent to Detroit to audition for Berry Gordy. Berry, however, was not sold until she sang, acapella, an Etta James song he had co-written titled, “All I Could Do Was Cry.”  Signed to the VIP label in 1966, Chris Clark released her first single that same year. “Love Gone Bad” would reach the top 50 of the US R&B charts and even break into the top 100 of Canadian pop charts.

While her albums Soul Sounds (1967) and CC Rides Again (1969) were mild successes, she redirected her focus to film and television. Her first major project was working on the 1972 film Lady Sings The Blues starring Diana Ross. The film, based on the life of blues singer Billie Holiday, was a passion project for Berry Gordy who turned to Chris Clark and Suzanne de Passe to help with re-writes of the script.  The film earned multiple nominations and awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Following the success, she was made Vice President of Motown’s film division and next served as a creative assistant on the 1975 film Mahogony, also starring Diana Ross.

Chris Clark continued at Motown in their film and television department until 1989 when she left Motown to focus on other ventures. She has since shifted her creative eye to behind the camera, becoming a photographer.

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Chris Clark performing “Don’t Be Too Long” in 1966 on variety show ‘Where The Action Is TV Show’

Motown Note

After a string of failed auditions, Chris Clark told her agent she would not audition again unless it was at Motown.


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Waller, D., 2009. Motown’s great white hope. [online] latimes.com. Available at: <https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2009-aug-21-et-chris-clark21-story.html> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

McGarry, J., 2009. CHRIS CLARK: I BEG YOUR GODDAMNED PARDON. [online] Larecord.com. Available at: <https://larecord.com/interviews/2009/08/21/chris-clark-interview-i-beg-your-goddamned-pardon> [Accessed 19 July 2022].

Benjaminson, P., 2022. Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar.

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