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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-6pm
  • 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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Bonus Tracks


10 - 12 Grade | February 27 - April 4

Bonus Tracks is a FREE after-school program that gives high school students an opportunity to explore exciting career pathways in the music industry...

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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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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit


Ages 16+ | January 2024 - March 2024

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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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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AMPLIFY: The Sound of Detroit Grand Finale


March 16, 2024

Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts

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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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Mary Wells

Signed in 1960

Mary Wells was one of the first artists to sign onto the Motown label in 1960. Fresh out of high school, inspired by the success of other Detroit artists like Jackie Wilson and the Miracles, she began to pursue a career in the music industry. One of the first songs she wrote, “Bye Bye Baby” was with the singer Jackie Wilson in mind to perform. After spotting Berry Gordy at Detroit’s 20 Grand Club, she chased after him, saying she had written a great song. She sang the first verse on the spot and Gordy then invited her to Studio A.  

She made her way to Hitsville and performed the song acapella. Gordy liked the song but liked her voice even more. He signed her as a solo artist to Motown in September 1960, releasing “Bye Bye Baby” as her first single. “Bye Bye Baby” became the title of her debut album, released in November of 1961. Later hits included “Two Lovers,” and “You Beat Me To The Punch,” released in 1962. This song would earn the first Grammy nomination not just for Mary Wells but for Motown. Two years later, Mary would release what would become her biggest hit, “My Guy.”  

Released in March of 1964, “My Guy” earned her a gold record for selling over a million copies and broke the iron hold the Beatles had on the top ten of the Billboard charts.  That same year, the song would peak in the US at #1 and in the United Kingdom at #5. To capitalize on her growing popularity, she was then paired with Marvin Gaye for an album of duets titled Together, that was released in April of 1964. Following this amazing success of a hit single and album, she headlined Motown’s Motortown Revue in the US a few months later and caught the attention of the Beatles. Calling her their favorite Motown artist they invited her to tour with them for the remainder of 1964.  

Mary Wells was one of the first major stars of Motown and her career would inspire groups like the Supremes. In 1964, when she turned twenty-one and her contract expired, she left Motown to sign with another label, to pursue a career in acting, and to begin her family.

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Mary Wells Live at the Apollo Theatre performing “Bye Bye Baby” 1962

Mary Wells performing “My Guy” on variety show Shindig!

Motown Note

Following the success of “My Guy,” Smokey Robinson would be inspired to write “My Girl” for The Temptations, initially as a joke. It would, of course, become a hit. 


 

Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

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The Supremes

The Supremes

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