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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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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


10 Year Anniversary!

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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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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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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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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Museum Hours

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm
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Step into the heart of Motown's golden era and let the rhythm of legends transport you. Book a tour today!

Marv Johnson

Signed in 1959

Marv Johnson was one of the first artists to work with the young songwriter Berry Gordy, well before he founded Motown Records. Born and raised in Detroit, he aspired to be a performer. At a performance at a state fair, Berry Gordy noticed Marv and quickly introduced him to his partner Smokey Robinson, who shared their dream of making it big in the music industry. After Berry Gordy secured an $800 loan from his family’s savings club, Marv recorded his first single “Come To Me” at United Sound System Recording Studios in Detroit. “Come To Me” was the first song released on the Tamla label in 1959 and peaked at #6 on the US R&B charts. In 1960, he released his first album Marvelous Marv Johnson.

1961 was one of the biggest years of Marv’s career. He would release his single “You Got What It Takes” which would peak at #2 on the US R&B charts and reach #7 on the UK charts. That same year, he performed “Oh Mary” in the movie Teenage Millionaire, making him the first Motown artist to appear in any film. By the end of the year, however, he would sign to the United Artists label. He remained with that label until 1966 when he would sign again with Motown and remain until 1973.

A man of many talents, he served in many capacities for Motown during his career, including salesman, songwriter, promotional manager, and head of sales. Marv is remembered as one of the pioneers of Motown and his impact is undeniable. In 2015, Marv Johnson was inducted into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame.

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Marv Johnson in 1965 performing “Love The Way You Love” on Australian Bandstand

Marv Johnson performing “Oh Mary” in the 1961 film Teenage Millionaire

Motown Note

“Come To Me” almost didn’t come to be after the editor of the song over-mixed it and nearly muted the vocals on the track.


 

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Martha and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

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Barrett Strong

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