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  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
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  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
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  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!

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+ | September - December

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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Ignite Summer Camp
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Ignite Summer Camp


9 - 12 Grade | July 26 - August 5

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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Spark Summer Camp
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Spark Summer Camp


6 – 8 Grade | August 9 - 19

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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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


March 2022

TBD

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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.

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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

  • Closed for tours through January 31, 2023
  • • • • • • • •
  • Beginning December 2, visit our MUSEUM STORE inside HITSVILLE NEXT located next door to the Museum
  • Wed - Sun: 10am - 6pm
  • • • • • • • •
  • We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!
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Closed for tours from November 28, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

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We look forward to welcoming you back in February 2023!

Due to ongoing construction related to general maintenance and the highly anticipated expansion schedule, Motown Museum will be closed for tours from November 28, 2022 through January 31, 2023.

We apologize for this inconvenience and invite guests to continue enjoying the Motown Sound on Rocket Plaza and shopping our retail pop-up store opening up inside Hitsville NEXT on December 2. Guests are also invited to visit our Motown Store at Greektown located at 580 Monroe Street.

For our non-local Detroit fans, please engage with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we continue to virtually celebrate Motown each week. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum in February 2023!

“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.”

Beyoncé

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.

On your interactive 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

Sixty years ago, Motown’s roster of young singers, musicians, and staff boarded a crowded bus that would carry them for the next three months. Take a virtual tour down Detroit’s Riverwalk and discover how Motown paved the way to success on the road.

 

Virtual Exhibit

 

Hitsville House 1

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!

Control Room 1

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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