View nearly 60,000 amazing works of art at the Detroit Institute of the Arts. 100 galleries are filled with sculptures, paintings, and other artworks that will fascinate. The Thinker, the famous sculpture by Auguste Rodin is placed near the entrance. Permanent collections in the museum include Islamic, Flemish, pre-Columbian, European, African, Asian, and American art. Cultural events are held throughout the year at the auditorium and recital hall.
This small history museum features interesting exhibits about Detroit's history. Stroll down cobblestone, cedar block and brick streets past scale models of 19th Century shops in the Streets of Old Detroit exhibit. In the Doorway to Freedom exhibit you'll learn about the city's key role in the Underground Railroad that helped escaped slaves find freedom in Canada. You'll also learn about Detroit's emergence as an automobile manufacturing center, the history of the city's music scene, and so much more.
One of the world's largest museums of African American history and culture, this impressive building opened in 1997 and is named after the local doctor and activist who first established it. With 120,000 square feet (11148 meters) of exhibit space, the Charles H. Wright Museum includes several exhibit galleries, a research library, classrooms and a museum store. The anchor exhibit, “Of the People: The African American Experience,” uses Detroit's own history to tell the story of the African-American experience in the United States. Previously, much smaller incarnations of the museum existed, dating back to 1965.
It is just befitting for the former headquarters of Motown Records Corporation to be a repository of this famous label. Motown Museum is an integral part of Detroit's cultural landscape and the country's musical legacy. Chronicling the most reputed African-American record labels in the nation where musical legends such as The Supremes, Smokey Robinson, Temptations, Funk Brothers and Gladys Knight became stars, it is a true ode to music that inspired generations of music lovers.
One of the many spirited attractions in downtown Detroit, Comerica Park is an extensive verdant field which has been a host to some iconic sporting events and concerts in the past. Named after the bank whose funds made its creation possible, Comerica Park overlooks some of the soaring high-rises residing in the city's downtown. Home ground of the Detroit Tigers, this sprawling ballpark is anything but a run-of-the-mill, neighborhood stadium. Strewn across its course are glorious tiger statues, a baseball-themed Ferris wheel, and the enormous Chevrolet Fountain. Hence, Comerica Park harbors a lively, further amplified by enthusiastic cheers and celebrations when the Tigers hit a home run. The ballpark is also home to the Big Cat Court, which offers a wealth of delectable foods like pretzels, deli sandwiches, French fries, Chicago-style hot dogs and more.
The National Football League's Detroit Lions played outside the city at the Pontiac Silverdome since abandoning Detroit's Tiger Stadium at the end of the 1974 season. In 2002, The Lions moved back to the city and into their new digs at Ford Field, a massive 65,000-seat stadium of steel and glass in the city's downtown entertainment district. Besides sporting events, the facility holds concerts, banquets, corporate events and other special events as well.
This gigantic concrete expanse at the foot of Woodward Avenue stretches from Jefferson Avenue to the Detroit River. Designed in the 1960s as a civic space by Isamu Noguchi, it includes his unusual twisted spire and fountain. The plaza has a stage and amphitheater and is used for riverfront festivals on summer weekends, the Detroit Jazz Festival, and ice skating in winter. Hart Plaza provides access to a riverfront walkway; it's a favorite spot for fishing and it has a beautiful view of Canada across the river.
A spacious and splendid banquet hall housed within the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel, the Esquire Room can accommodate a large audience with much ease. Designed in an elegant style, it hosts many corporate events and retreats. The catering for these events, of course, is handled by the expert staff at the hotel itself and they leave no room for disappointment with their impeccable service.
Located in the basement of Saint Andrew's Hall, the Shelter is a live music and DJ performance venue. This cellar venue hosts more intimate concerts. Almost every night of the week you will get a taste of the up-and-coming bands in town. On nights where there is no live music you can listen to alternative rock and punk. Some of the city's most famous bands started performing in this basement venue.
Hip hop, dancehall and electro, if you want to rock to these tunes and more, then come on over to Saint Andrew's Hall where DJ Godfather and Paul Martindale perform. You can also party with the likes of Bowling for Soup and Still Never Fading. The stylish interiors and the state-of-art facilities enliven every event in this eclectic music venue. Throw a party for your friends here or simply come by for some refreshing entertainment!
TCF Center, also known as Cobo Center and Cobo Hall, is a spacious convention center located on the Detroit waterfront. It boasts 24,000,000 square feet (222967 square meter) of open floor space. The hall has witnessed several international music and sports events in the past. The Center has also played host to some prestigious events like the International G-7 Job Summit and the annual North American International Auto Show. Besides the massive floor space, the Center also comprises several banquet rooms and 80 meeting halls. Event catering is exclusively provided by the Center. Ample parking space is available.