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  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
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  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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 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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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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  • Monday: Closed
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  • Thursday: Closed
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  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed
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Due to the unforeseen flood and the highly anticipated expansion, we will be closed for tours until Summer of 2022. Please read our full statement.

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The Motown Sound is in our DNA. We remember growing up listening to Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson. After hearing Marvin Gaye on repeat, “What’s Going On?” was just part of our daily vocabulary. Diana Ross defined style and the Temptations had all the moves. Back in the day, Motown was the epicenter of creativity, and Motown Museum remains an iconic symbol of Detroit and American music.

Yesterday

Through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, Motown gave young people an opportunity to reach their full potential and united individuals from different cultures and backgrounds around the world. Your generous support will help honor the legacy of the Motown Sound—and the artists, musicians, songwriters and producers who created it.

Today

Motown Museum, a non-profit 501c3 organization, uses this legacy of excellence to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and immersive programs that promote the values of vision, creativity, and entrepreneurship. Motown Museum’s free and low-cost programs coupled with an authentic historic visitor experience provides unique opportunities for all to become engaged and inspired.

Forever

As we engage in our most ambitious expansion to date, you can be part of our bold future. Your support will help preserve, protect, and present Motown’s global story and impact the lives of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs.


Ways To Support

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.

Annuals Fund

Your tax-deductible personal or corporate contributions support important education and resource opportunities. Over the years, young aspiring artists and entrepreneurs, mostly inner-city youth, have engaged in our transformative programs. To discuss giving opportunities, call us at (313) 875-2264.

Motown Museum Expansion

Motown Museum has engaged in a $50 MM expansion campaign to preserve the treasured birthplace of Motown Records, Hitsville U.S.A. and legendary recording Studio A. The expanded campus will become a 50,000 square foot world-class tourist destination featuring Hitsville NEXT, our education and community hub and feature dynamic, interactive exhibits, a state-of-the art performance theater, recording studios, expanded retail experiences, and more. Click here to learn more about the expansion.

Membership

Fans from Detroit to Denmark have shown their support by becoming a valued Motown Museum Member. For as low as $45, your exclusive benefits will include a personalize membership card, free admission for a year and retail discounts. PLUS, you will enjoy exclusive private events, artist meet and greet opportunities, event presale access and more! A Membership make a great gift for the Motown enthusiast in your life. Click here to learn more information.

Field Trips

Motown Museum hosts thousands of students annually, but many young aspiring artists and entrepreneurs lack the opportunity to experience this inspiring experience due to School budget limitations. You can motivate our youth and promote the values of vision, creativity, and entrepreneurship by sponsoring afield trip. For a little as $1,000,you can gift this experience for up to 30 students, chaperones and provide quality transportation. For details, call (313) 875-2264 and ask for the Development Department.

Third Party Fundraisers

The Motown Museum is always looking to build community and make friends. Groups or individuals can host an approved third-party event or activity and make Motown Museum the beneficiary. Examples include: Golf outings, 5K Races, Raffles (50/50),Silent Auction, Bake Sale, Bowl-a-Thon. Individuals can raise funds through social media birthday campaigns or suggest donations in lieu of gifts commemorating birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions. To coordinate your effort, please call the Development office at (313) 875-2264

Planned Giving and Endowment Support

The Motown Museum offers several planned giving opportunities, all of which can be tailored to meet your specific financial and estate-planning needs. By remembering the Museum in your will, establishing a charitable gift annuity or charitable trust, supporting our endowment or making the Museum a beneficiary of your 401K, IRA, or Life Insurance policy, you may create a lifetime stream of income for you and/or a member of your family, as well as enjoy a significant charitable income tax or estate tax education. For details, please call the Development office at (313) 875-2264.

In-Kind and Artifact Donations

Motown Museum welcomes the donation of artifacts which may be used to help tell the Motown story in current or future exhibitions. Although all keepsakes hold priceless personal value, we are not able to accept all items. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about any artifacts. To speak with a member of our team, please call(313) 875-2264for the Curatorial Department. Please note, the Museum does not purchase items, cannot give appraisals, advise on tax-deductions or estimate the value of your collection.


Annual Donors

Everything we do is possible thanks to our incredible sponsors and donors. Motown Museum would like to thank our Individual, Corporate, Government and Foundation contributors for their generous support.

  • AARP 
  • Akerman LLP
  • Anonymous 
  • Ascension
  • AVL Americas
  • Bank of America
  • Buddy’s Detroit Style Pizza
  • Comcast Business
  • Community Foundation for SE Michigan
  • CultureSource
  • Cynthia and Edsel Ford
  • Debrah and Morton Noveck  
  • DeRoy Testamentary Foundation 
  • Detroit Homecoming
  • Detroit Memorial Park Association, Inc
  • Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation
  • Diane and Tom Schoenith 
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Adair
  • DTE Energy Foundation 
  • The Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Foundation 
  • Esther Gordy Bullock Edwards Foundation
  • Faurecia
  • FedEx Corporation
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Ford Motor Company 
  • Frank Carswell
  • Gloria J Hall-White
  • Gordy Foundation
  • Greektown Casino
  • Gretchen and Ethan Davidson
  • Hamilton-Anderson Associates
  • Harris Marketing Group
  • Hudson Webber Foundation
  • Infinity Yacht Charters
  • Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss, P.C. 
  • Jill Miller
  • JP Morgan Chase
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • S. Brinker Company
  • Law Office of Derek A. Hurt
  • Mack Avenue Music Group
  • Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation 
  • MGM Grand Detroit
  • Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
  • Midtown Detroit, Inc.
  • MOET Hennessey USA
  • Mona and Matt Simoncini
  • Morgan Stanley 
  • The Estate of Sylvia Moy LLC 
  • Pam and Donnie Simpson
  • Piston Group
  • Project For Public Spaces
  • Quicken Loans Community Fund
  • Retha and Walter Douglas
  • SEEL LLC
  • Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co,  LLC 
  • Skillman Foundation 
  • Sony/ATV Music Publishing
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • William Davidson Foundation
  • Xfinity
Annual Fund: Fiscal Year 2019/2020
October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020 | Donors of $5,000 or more | List as of 9/30/20

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