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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

We are closed on New Years Day, Memorial Day, 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.

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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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Motown Mic
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MOTOWN MIC: The Spoken Word Competition


Ages 16+ | March - April

Motown Mic: The Spoken Word was created to pay homage to Motown Records’ Black Forum Label— a Motown spoken word label created by Berry Gordy and the Motown Corporation in the ‘70s....

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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 9 Grade | August 2 - 13, 2021

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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Lyric Project

Lyric Project


Ages 13-18 | June 21 – July 2

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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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.

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

  • 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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“Me and my family visited the Motown Museum. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of the sacrifice, the brain power, and the magic, and the talent from Berry Gordy, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson—all of the legends that paved the way for me to be on the stage today.”

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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. 

On your interactive VIP tour, one of our personable guides will share interesting history, fascinating anecdotes and captivating stories that all took place within the space you stand. History was truly made within these walls. 

You’ll experience curated exhibits, the actual apartment Berry Gordy lived in with his family during the label’s earliest days, the retro-style offices of Hitsville U.S.A. and, of course, Studio A—the legendary recording studio where Motown artists recorded some of the greatest songs of all time from 1959 to 1972. 

We can’t wait to welcome you. Start planning your visit now!


Interactive Guided Tours

Motown Museum is a museum tour unlike any other—be ready to sing, dance and learn about Motown and music industry greats. Be sure to take plenty of photos and post them tagging #MotownMuseum for the chance to be featured on our Twitter or Instagram pages!

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Current Exhibit | Capturing A Culture Change: Motown Through the Lens of Jim Hendin

‘Capturing A Culture Change’ was co-curated by Motown photographer Jim Hendin, and visually traces the transformation of the label’s image during the cultural revolution of the late 1960s & early 1970s. This exhibit will expose you to Jim’s beautiful portfolio of album photography, authentic equipment from his photography dark room and “art”ifacts straight from the classic Motown art department. Learn More

Reserve your tour time now and experience this fascinating, limited-time exhibition!

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Hitsville U.S.A.

The building known for its iconic sign, large picture window and picturesque steps, Hitsville U.S.A. is the birthplace of the world-famous Motown Sound. From 1959 to 1972, Berry Gordy and Motown provided an opportunity for Detroit’s inner-city youth to reach their full potential and become superstars. Countless hits were recorded inside Hitsville’s Studio A, and Motown Museum visitors now have the unique opportunity to tour the legendary space where music history was made.

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Studio A

What could be more exciting for a Motown fan than standing on the exact spot where the Supremes first issued their command to ‘Stop! In the Name of Love’, and where the legendary house band, the Funk Brothers backed thousands of memorable Motown tracks. In Studio A, original instruments and recording equipment—dating from 1959 to 1972—stand ready for public viewing. Take a tour, and you may even get a chance to belt out your own classic Motown hit!

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Control Room

Imagine legendary producers and songwriters like Norman Whitfield, Brian and Eddie Holland, Smokey Robinson and Lamont Dozier alongside Berry Gordy and the world’s best audio engineers. That’s the vision you’ll get when you pass by the Hitsville U.S.A. Control Room—still housing the original recording equipment and a floor worn from foot stomping to the beat during recording sessions.

Motown Museum Berry Gordy's Flat

Berry Gordy’s Flat

In 1959, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy purchased a two-family flat at 2648 West Grand Boulevard in Detroit. A few months after he moved his young family into the upper unit, he transformed the building’s first floor into what soon became known as Hitsville U.S.A., which served as the label’s headquarters until 1968. Today, Motown Museum guests can view the original period furniture used by the family, and be inspired by the living area where Gordy’s entrepreneurial vision first materialized.

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