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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

TBD

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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.

Kim Weston

Signed in 1961

Kim Weston has been performing since the age of three. Through her church, she began her music career with the traveling gospel group the Wright Specials. While the group signed to Motown’s gospel label Divinity in 1960, Kim Weston left the group before signing. Following disputes with the group, she took a year hiatus from performing. In 1961, she performed for Johnny Thorton, a cousin of Eddie and Brian Holland, who successfully convinced her to pursue a music career at Motown. She signed to the Tamla label in 1961. Her first song “Love Me All The Way” was a minor hit for the singer (reaching #24 on R&B charts and #88 on pop charts) and secured her as an up-and-coming star.  

Weston’s next release “Take Me In Your Arms (And Rock me A Little While)” (1965) was her highest charting song as a soloist. It reached #4 on R&B charts and made it to the top 50 of US pop charts. After Mary Wells left Motown, Weston took her place as Marvin Gaye’s duet partner. While she continued to record as a soloist, it was with Marvin Gaye that she found the most success, with their album It Takes Two (1966). It became an international hit, with the title song topping out at #4 on the US R&B charts and #14 on US pop charts. That same year, she would marry the head of Artists and Repertoire (A&R) William “Mickey” Stevenson. 

Despite her success, Weston left Motown in 1967 when her husband Mickey Stevenson was given the chance to run his own label with MGM in Los Angeles. Following her leave from Motown, she focused on her film career. Starting with a small role in the 1969 film Changes, she was then featured in 1972 concert film Wattstax. In the movie, she sang the American national anthem and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” colloquially referred to as the “Black national anthem.” She donated her profits to the United Negro Fund and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  

Eventually, she moved to Israel to train young singers, and even starred in a musical called Sound and The Kidnapped African. An artist with such a diverse career, she has since moved back to the states and still performs. 

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Kim Weston performing “Take Me In Your Arms (And Rock Me A Little While)” in 2015 at the Detroit All-Star Revue

Kim Weston performing “A Little More Love”

Motown Note

Born Agatha Natalia Weston, she got her stage name from actress Kim Novack.


 

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