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Museum Hours

  • 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.

Current Exhibit

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.

Discover The Legacy

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!

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Perseverance Leads to Impact

December 2022

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Motown’s legacy is one of perseverance beginning with Berry Gordy, who faced impossible odds when founding Motown Records in 1959. Despite the challenges of the times, the visionary and talented troupe of young artists and musicians he cultivated, captured the heart and soul of a nation with the Motown Sound, and redefined music and culture throughout the world. Today, Motown Museum honors their impact by preserving the birthplace of this cultural phenomenon and by creating immersive educational and entrepreneurial programs that develop and inspire artists and business leaders of tomorrow.

As you are aware, recent years proved challenging as Motown Museum weathered the pandemic and storm flooding. Through perseverance and your generosity, we were able to reactivate tours and continue community and education programming, both virtually and in-person, while maintaining momentum on Expansion construction. In August of this year, we celebrated the opening of Hitsville NEXT and the unveiling of Rocket Plaza with Motown icons Smokey Robinson, Otis Williams, and many of our lead donors and friends.

Rocket Plaza creates an engaging and inspirational community space bringing events and activities to the neighborhood. Hitsville NEXT, the programming hub on the museum campus, echoes the talent, creativity, and collaborative spirit of Motown. Both are impactful additions to this legendary place where dreams are cultivated and lives are transformed.

Travis James is one of the talented people who came to Motown to pursue his dreams as a singer and found inspiration and success. Like many Motown musicians, Travis discovered his passion for singing at church while growing up in Detroit. This experience motivated him to enter Motown Museum’s 4th annual Amplify, the Sound of Detroit Singing Competition, where he emerged as the 2022 singer of the year.

“I love everything about Motown…it’s a legacy that inspires me…Motown gives me energy, and the confidence, to sing music that will make people feel changed and empowered.”
–Travis James

Travis almost immediately gained national exposure during televised public performances at Detroit’s annual fireworks display in July, and at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony Downtown in November. Travis also continued the Motown legacy by mentoring museum Summer Campers with Motown Alumni Mickey Stevenson. Together, they encouraged the next generation to persevere in following their dreams.

“The AMPLIFY singing Competition really opened the door for me…it’s allowed me to believe I have a God-given talent and allowed the world to see it. I am excited to be a part of the program.”
–Travis James

The level of impact our programs create can only be achieved with the ongoing generosity of our supporters. Your gifts do more than just fuel what we do, they influence how we impact lives.

With your help, we will continue to motivate others with the Motown story, expand programs that inspire the next generation of artists and entrepreneurs, and create paths to success for those willing to persevere in their endeavors. Please join us on this mission and make a gift today.

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