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  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • 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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 12 Grade | July 9 - 19

Ignite is a two-week program designed for high school-aged singers who want to take their musical talents to the next level...

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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 8 Grade | August 6 - 16

For middle-school students passionate about music, we offer Spark, a day camp that helps students write and perform music together...

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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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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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Rocket Plaza at Motown Museum

Events are Free and Open to the Public

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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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  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-6pm
  • Saturday: 10am-8pm
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm
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Events

Motown Museum on PBS American Black Journal

August 2023

As the nation commemorates the 60th anniversary of the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, it is worth noting the connection between the influential speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the unifying impact of Motown Records. Detroit Public Television offered Motown Museum the chance to speak on this legacy and pay homage to the intersection of Motown Records and civil rights activism. Motown Museum CEO and Chairwoman, Robin Terry, sat down with Cecelia Sharpe to share her insight on this legacy and how it still impacts the Museum’s mission today.  

Six decades ago, Berry Gordy made a momentous choice: to immortalize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s powerful messages on vinyl during the peak of the civil rights movement. This decision established a pivotal juncture between music and social change, providing a wider platform for Dr. King’s inspirational words. 

“Those recordings are the reason we have access today, and that’s what makes it so powerful,” Terry points out. 

This merger of music and activism played a significant role in shaping public discourse during a transformative era in American history. Gordy’s pioneering step of recording Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speeches not only resonates with the past, but it continued to influence the unfolding of the Motown empire and the Museum’s present-day initiatives. 

Following this discussion, the show featured Drey Skonie, the reigning champion of Hitsville NEXT’s Amplify: The Sound of Detroit vocal competition. The interview reveals that Skonie will be starring as Detroit entertainer Jackie Wilson in an upcoming television series, “Higher and Higher.” Produced by Brenda Wilson, the show chronicles Jackie Wilson’s journey from his early years to his zenith at age 40.  

Host Stephen Henderson of “American Black Journal” engages in a vibrant conversation with Drey Skonie, Brenda Wilson, and the upcoming show’s production manager, Letitia McIntosh. They discuss how the “Higher and Higher” TV series will bring alive the captivating story of a true Detroit legend. 

The Motown Museum’s profound reverence for the intersection of music and activism stands as a testament to the enduring power of collaboration. Berry Gordy’s decision to merge Dr. King’s speeches with Motown’s melodies resonates through time, inspiring the Museum’s initiatives and preserving the legacy of a transformative era.  

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