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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm

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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 12 Grade | July 9 - 19

Ignite is a two-week program designed for high school-aged singers who want to take their musical talents to the next level...

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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 8 Grade | August 6 - 16

For middle-school students passionate about music, we offer Spark, a day camp that helps students write and perform music together...

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Lyric Project


Ages 14-18 | June 18 – 28

Lyric Project is a two-week workshop that helps students learn about songwriting, music production, and communicating powerful and authentic emotions through music...

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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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Rocket Plaza at Motown Museum

Events are Free and Open to the Public

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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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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm
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Jimmy Ruffin

Signed in 1960

Jimmy Ruffin proves that hard work pays off. After Motown executive Raynoma Gordy Singleton spotted him at the Ebony Club in Muskegon, Michigan, she encouraged him to audition for Motown. During the audition process, he gained the support of Mary Wells and Marv Johnson, two of the label’s biggest stars. With three Motown powerhouses in Ruffin’s corner, Berry Gordy had no choice but to sign him in 1960. His first release in 1961, “Don’t Feel Sorry For Me,” signaled a bright career ahead. That future was put on pause when he was drafted into the Army. In 1964, he returned to Motown to re-sign and found that the small label had become a dominant force in the music industry.

While trying to regain his footing in the company, Ruffin heard a demo of a ballad dedicated to those who have had their heart broken. Written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean, “What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted” was designated for recording by the Spinners until Jimmy Ruffin told the trio the lyrics spoke to him. Ruffin successfully convinced them to give him the first shot at it. Released in 1966, the single quickly climbed the charts, reaching #7 in the US pop chart, #6 in US R&B charts, and even breaking into the top 10 of UK pop charts. His next release, “I’ve Passed This Way Before” (1966) was a moderate success compared to his first big hit but lead to his debut album Jimmy Ruffin Sings The Top Ten.

Yet, like some Motown artists, Ruffin began to see more success in the United Kingdom, where his music more regularly broke into the charts than in the United States. His next album Ruff’N Ready (1969) reached the top 50 of UK pop charts but barely entered the US top 200. Following the departure of his brother David Ruffin from the Temptations, the pair collaborated on the 1970 album I Am My Brother’s Keeper. It would reach #7 on the US R&B charts, with the standout song being a cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” Ruffin continued with the company until 1980 when he signed with a London-based label and remained in the UK until 1991.

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Jimmy Ruffin performing “What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted”

Jimmy Ruffin performing “Since I’ve Lost You”

Motown Note

Upon returning to Motown in 1964, Jimmy Ruffin was asked to join the Temptations after Elbridge Bryant left. He declined and instead suggested his brother David take his place.


 

Mary Wells

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The Temptations

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Marvin Gaye

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