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  • Closed for Museum tours. Reopening February 2023.
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  • Visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
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  • Our GREEKTOWN STORE is located at 580 Monroe St. in Detroit
  • Wed-Sat 12-8pm & Sun 12-6pm

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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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit


Ages 16+ | November 2022 - March 2023

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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Lyric Project
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Lyric Project


Ages 13-18 | June 20 - 30

During this two-week entirely virtual online workshop, participants will be immersed in the basics of songwriting, music production, and how to communicate powerful emotion....

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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 12 Grade | July 11 - 21

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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Events

From memorable galas and concert performances, to community celebrations and educational programs, we host a range of special events throughout the year.

Hitsville NEXT Events

AMPLIFY: the Sound of Detroit Finale


March 15, 2023

Gem Theatre Detroit

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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


August 2022

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Private Events

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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.

Expansion

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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

  • Closed for Museum tours. Reopening February 2023.
  • • • • • • • •
  • Visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed-Sun 10am-6pm
  • • • • • • • •
  • Our GREEKTOWN STORE is located at 580 Monroe St. in Detroit
  • Wed-Sat 12-8pm & Sun 12-6pm
Contact Us

The Museum is currently closed for tours. We will reopen in February 2023 • Visit our two retail locations!

The Isley Brothers

Signed in 1965

Since the early 1950s, the Isley Brothers have been hard at work, making music in genres ranging from doo-wop to rock. Brothers O’Kelly Jr, Ronald, Vernon, and Rudolph Isley started their music career in Cincinnati, Ohio, performing gospel in churches across the city. Following the death of their younger brother Vernon in 1955, the group took a hiatus until late 1958 when the group reformed in New York City. With their first hit “Shout” (1959) making it into the charts, they found renewed interest from other companies in their music, one of which was Motown. They didn’t initially sign to any labels, instead choosing to form their own company: T-Neck. While they released a few songs on the label they soon realized they needed the help of larger labels to grow.

After meeting with Berry Gordy in 1965, the group decided to shelve their company and sign with Motown on the Tamla label. Once at Motown they were paired with Holland-Dozier-Holand who jumpstarted work on their debut Motown album This Old Heart Of Mine. Released in 1966, it entered the US R&B charts at #15. From that album came their hit song “This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You). With it reaching #12 on the US pop charts and #6 on the US R&B charts; it was certified gold. They began work on their next album Soul On The Rocks (1967). Although the album failed to reach the same level of popularity, it included a few songs that charted: “Got To Have You Back” and “That’s The Way Love Is.”
The group remained with Motown until 1968 when they decided to revive T-Neck Records and move to New Jersey. There, they brought other family members into the band and continued to record music. Since then, they have received numerous awards and accolades for their music including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Motown Note

Before joining Motown, they worked with guitarist Jimi Hendrix on some of their earlier music.


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Nytimes.com. 2022. POP REVIEW; Two Brothers Who Are Carrying On the Family Act (Published 2002). [online] Available at: <https://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/01/arts/pop-review-two-brothers-who-are-carrying-on-the-family-act.html>

Porter, J., 2019. Why haven’t the Isley Brothers conquered the rock market? – Chicago Reader. [online] Chicago Reader. Available at: <https://chicagoreader.com/music/why-havent-the-isley-brothers-conquered-the-rock-market/>

Warner, J., n.d. The Isley Brothers – The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. [online] Vocalgroup.org. Available at: <http://vocalgroup.org/inductees/the-isley-brothers/>

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Wilner, P., 1977. Isley Brothers: A Family Affair (Published 1977). [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: <https://www.nytimes.com/1977/03/13/archives/westchester-weekly-isley-brothers-a-family-affair.html>


 

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