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

Signed in 1968

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Gil Bridges

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Kenny James

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John Persh (Parrish)

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Rod Richards

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Pete Rivera

Rare Earth

Rare Earth is a multi-platinum selling band that is credited for being Motown’s first highly successful rock act and ushering in a brand new sound for the company. The original five members—Gil Bridges (saxophone), Rod Richards (guitar), Pete Rivera (drums), John Persh (Parrish) (bass guitar) and Kenny James (keyboard)—signed to Motown’s Rare Earth label (named after the band) in 1968. Ed Guzman (percussionist) joined the group after the release of the album Get Ready.

The group achieved success a year later with a cover of The Temptations’ hit “Get Ready.” Their version peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #4 and went on to receive a Gold certification. The resulting album of the same title became even more successful, going on to sell millions of copies worldwide.

The release of Rare Earth’s second album Ecology produced more hit records for the group, including the Top Ten Pop hits “(I Know) I’m Losing You” and “Born To Wander.” The popularity of the singles gave the group another million-selling Gold album. Other hits from Rare Earth include the single “I Just Want To Celebrate” (1971), peaking at #7 on the Pop charts, and the group’s certified Gold live album, Rare Earth in Concert (1971).

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All Members of Rare Earth

  • Gil Bridges
  • Rod Richards
  • Pete Rivera
  • John Persh (Parrish)
  • Kenny James
  • Ed Guzman
  • Ray Monette
  • Mark Olson
  • Mike Urso
  • Reggie McBride
  • Paul Warren
  • Jerry La Croix
  • Barry Eugene Frost
  • Gabriel Katona
  • Frank Westbrook

 

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The Jackson 5

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The Temptations

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Martha and the Vandellas

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas

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Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder

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Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye

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