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  • Monday: Closed
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  • Thursday: 10AM - 6PM
  • Friday: 10AM - 6PM
  • Saturday: 10AM - 6PM
  • 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 second you walk through the door, you’ll be greeted with the voices of Motown and a profound sense of history and significance.

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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 Singing Competition


Ages 16+ | September - January

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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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 9 Grade | August 2 - 13

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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


10 - 12 Grade | August 2 - 13

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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Hitsville NEXT 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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Lyric Project: Songwriter Showcase


July 16, 2021 @ 7PM EST

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Grand Finale


April 29, 2021 @ 7pm

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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: Closed
  • Thursday: 10AM - 6PM
  • Friday: 10AM - 6PM
  • Saturday: 10AM - 6PM
  • Sunday: 10AM - 6PM
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The Temptations

Signed in 1961

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Elbridge “Al” Bryant

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Edward "Eddie" Kendricks

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Melvin Franklin

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Otis Williams

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Paul Williams

The Temptations Featured Photo

The Temptations were born when the Distants merged with the Primes and discovered another singing group was using the name they selected for the group—the Elgins—and a new moniker was needed. Original members included Elbridge (Al) Bryant, Melvin Franklin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams and Paul Williams. David Ruffin replaced Al Bryant soon after Motown signed the group.

Known for their fancy footwork, vocal versatility and showmanship, The Temptations are a major influence on R&B and soul music. Like their first Top 20 hit in 1964, “The Way You Do the Things You Do,” no other group could do things the way the Temptations did: They danced with elegant precision, sang with tight harmonies and sported the sharpest wardrobe in show business. Almost any member of the group could take the lead: Eddie with his sweet falsetto (“Just My Imagination”), Paul with his gritty baritone (“Don’t Look Back”), Melvin with his rumbling bass (“Old Man River”) and, of course, David, whose soulful second tenor was frequently called upon to handle the group’s up-front assignments (“Beauty Is Only Skin-Deep”).

With ongoing support from Motown’s Artist Development team, The Temptations excelled at performance. Cholly Atkins, who had been one-half of a famous dance duo and had helped other well-known musical groups hone their acts, developed many of The Temptations’ signature moves and guided them until they achieved perfection. Think of the Temptation Walk: What other singing group’s name is attached to a world-famous dance-step?

The Temptations’ iconic R&B ballad, “My Girl,” was written by Smokey Robinson and fellow Miracle Ronnie White and produced their first number-one pop hit in 1965. Norman Whitfield took over the reins as The Temptations’ producer with 1966’s “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg.” Ever versatile, the group scored with audiences around the world with 1967’s The Temptations In A Mellow Mood, a collection of Broadway standards that featured different group members singing lead vocals.

Whitfield led the Tempts in a new direction in the late 1960s and early 1970s, producing records that were dubbed “psychedelic” soul, such as “Cloud Nine,” “I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Psychedelic Shack,” all of which reached the Top Ten charts. By this time, former Contours member Dennis Edwards had stepped into Ruffin’s spot in the group and helped take The Temptations to higher ground through the remainder of the 1970s. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Temptations #67 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

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The Temptations perform a medley on the Ed Sullivan Show, May 28, 1967.

The Temptations perform “Ball of Confusion.”

All Members of The Temptations

  • Otis Williams
  • Melvin Franklin
  • Edward “Eddie” Kendricks
  • Paul Williams
  • Elbridge “Al” Bryant
  • David Ruffin
  • Dennis Edwards
  • Damon Harris
  • Richard Street
  • Glenn Leonard
  • Louis Price
  • Ron Tyson
  • Ollie Woodson

Motown Note

The Temptations earned Motown its first Grammy Award in 1968 with “Cloud Nine.”  


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