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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm

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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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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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Lyric Project
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Lyric Project


Ages 13-18 | July 12 - 16

During this 2-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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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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Motown MIC: The Spoken Word Grand Finale


April 29, 2021 @ 7pm

Instagram TV, Facebook, and YouTube

Free

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Amplify: The Sound of Detroit Singing Competition


December 4, 2020

Comcast Channel 900

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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: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Friday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
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The Miracles

Signed in 1958

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William "Smokey" Robinson

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Warren “Pete” Moore

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Ronald “Ronnie” White

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Robert “Bobby” Rogers

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Claudette Rogers Robinson

The Miracles

In 1957, The Matadors failed their audition with Jackie Wilson’s manager.  But the chance meeting with Berry Gordy, an up and coming songwriter for Jackie Wilson, turned out to be a life-altering event.  Gordy saw something special in the group of eager teens, especially their leader and songwriter, young Smokey Robinson. The Miracles went on to be a part of the company’s earliest successes.

Pete Moore, Bobby Rogers, Claudette (Rogers) Robinson and Ronnie White, along with William “Smokey” Robinson, were the original members of the group. (Claudette stopped touring with the group in 1964 but continued to sing on recording sessions.) Guitarist Marvin Tarplin, who accompanied the group from 1958 on, was sometimes described as the sixth Miracle.

The Miracles enjoyed local success through the late 1950s, with songs like “Way Over There” and “Bad Girl,” each of which also charted in the low-90s on Billboard magazine’s national Hot 100 chart. But the door to success swung open when “Shop Around,” The Miracles’ first single to sell more than a million records, was released in 1961. Hit followed hit, with 1962’s “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” which also made it into the Top 10. Over the next three years, The Miracles recorded and released many popular songs, “What’s So Good About Goodbye,” “I’ll Try Something New,” “Mickey’s Monkey,” “Going To A Go-Go” and “The Tracks of My Tears.” In 1965, The Miracles recorded “Ooh Baby Baby,” their trademark song.

Over the years, The Miracles reached the charts with 50 records, reaching the Top 10 on Billboard’s R&B lists, with 26 songs, four of which made it to #1. Showing their crossover appeal, 16 of the group’s records made it to Billboard’s Hot 100 and two, “Tears of a Clown” and “Love Machine (Part 1),” reached #1 in 1970 and 1975, respectively.

A few of the Miracles, including Marv Tarplin, wrote and produced songs for other Motown singers and groups. Perhaps the most well-known collaboration involving Miracles writing for other Motown acts was between Ronnie White and Smokey Robinson and a tune they co-wrote for the Temptations: “My Girl.”

Smokey went solo in 1971 and was replaced with singer Billy Griffin. The Griffin-led Miracles released more hit singles like “Do It Baby” and the #1 hit “Love Machine.” An iconic singing group, the Miracles received many honors, including induction into the Grammy and Doo Wop Halls of Fame.

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All Members of the Miracles

  • William “Smokey” Robinson
  • Warren “Pete” Moore
  • Ronald “Ronnie” White
  • Robert “Bobby” Rogers
  • Claudette Rogers Robinson
  • William “Billy” Griffin
  • Marvin “Marv” Tarplin, guitarist and songwriter

Motown Note

The Miracles celebrated Smokey’s 18th birthday on February 19, 1958, with the release of their first Motown single, “Got a Job,” the so-called answer to the Silhouettes’ “Get a Job.”


 

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