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

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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.

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

Signed in 1961

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Katherine Anderson

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Juanita Cowart

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Gladys Horton

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Wanda Rogers

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Georgeanna Tillman

The Marvelettes

As the earliest Motown girl group to achieve stardom, The Marvelettes gave the company its first #1 hit on the pop charts with “Please Mr. Postman” in 1961. The Marvelettes set Motown up for success and charted a glamorous course for groups such as the Supremes and Martha Reeves & the Vandellas to follow.

In 1961, Inkster High School students Katherine Anderson, Juanita Cowart, Georgia Dobbins, Gladys Horton, and Georgeanna Tillman, then known as the Casinyets, entered a talent competition that earned the top three acts an audition with Motown. Although the Casinyets placed fourth, one of their teachers persuaded Motown executives to hear their audition, too. Motown agreed to sign the group if they could bring an original song to record. Georgia Dobbins wrote an early version of “Please Mr. Postman,” which Motown songwriters Brian Holland, Robert Bateman, and Freddie Gorman polished. Berry Gordy renamed the girl group The Marvelettes and signed them to the Tamla label, with Wanda Young replacing Dobbins.

Released in August 1961, The Marvelettes’ first single “Please Mr. Postman” quickly climbed the pop charts, reaching #1 in December. Although they hadn’t yet graduated high school, the teenage singers were stars. A string of hit singles followed, including “Twistin’ Postman,” “Playboy,” “Beechwood 4-5789,” and “Too Many Fish In The Sea” all of which reached at least #35 on the Pop charts and #15 on the R&B charts.

Ill health reduced the group’s numbers and changed its key personnel over the years, including the departures of Juanita Cowart, Georgeanna Tillman, and Gladys Horton, and the addition of Ann Bogan. However, The Marvelettes continued to produce hits for Motown well into the 1960s, reaching the charts multiple times with singles such as “Don’t Mess With Bill,” “The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game,” and “My Baby Must Be A Magician.”

In 2017, Billboard ranked “Please Mr. Postman” #22 on its list of 100 Greatest Girl Group Songs of All Time. In 2004, The Marvelettes were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in 2013, The Marvelettes were inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.

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The Marvelettes perform a medley of hits at the Apollo Theater during the 1963 Motortown Revue.

The Marvelettes sing “Don’t Mess With Bill” live on Hullabaloo, 1965.

 

All of the Members of The Marvelettes

  • Gladys Horton
  • Katherine Anderson
  • Georgeanna Tillman
  • Juanita Cowart
  • Wanda Rogers
  • Ann Bogan

Motown Note

Temptation Melvin Franklin provided the basso profundo vocal for the introduction to The Marvelettes’ 1967 hit, “My Baby Must Be a Magician.”


The Velvelettes

The Velvelettes

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Martha and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

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The Adantes

The Andantes

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The Contours

The Contours

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The Supremes

The Supremes

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