Things to See and Do in Detroit
Ethnic Shopping and Restaurants
Greektown features a lively district that is easily reached from the downtown People
Mover. Mexicantown is located in southwest Detroit is the place to go for authentic Latin
gifts, food, and music. Dearborn, MI, a Detroit suburb just west of the city, has one of
America's oldest Arab communities and is a great place to sample Middle Eastern cuisine
and culture. Hamtramck, a little city entirely surrounded by Detroit, is home to authentic
Polish bakeries and eateries.
Museums and Libraries
The Charles H. Wright Museum located on East Warren Avenue in Detroit's Cultural Center
is the world's largest museum of its kind. Also located in the Cultural Center are the
Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, the Center for Creative Studies,
Your Hertiage House, the Children's Museum, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the main
branch of the Detroit Public Library. The library system which includes the Great Lakes
Patent and Trademark Center, the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public
Library, the Rare Book Collection, and the National Automotive History Collection. Across
the street from the Public Library main branch is the Walter P. Reuther Library located on
the campus of Wayne State University, is home to the Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs,
the Douglas Fraser Center for Workplace Issues, and the Wayne State University Archives.
The Motown Historical Museum, founded to honor and preserve the history of Motown Records,
is housed at Hitsville U.S.A. on West Grand Boulevard, the original home of the Motown
sounds headquarters and recording studio. Included among the artifacts on display are gold
records, sheet music, original album covers, and Michael Jackson's famous sequined glove.
Detroit boasts more than 40 professional and community theaters which delight visitors
and residents with top-notch billings, from the latest Broadway offerings to a variety of
world renowned entertainers. The Fox Theatre, a city landmark located less than a mile
from the downtown riverfront, features a 10-story neon marquee at its entrance, a 13-foot
gilded metal and stained glass chandelier in its lobby, and a Wurlitzer pipe organ. The
Fox has been classified as the world's second-largest movie theater. The Detroit Opera
House has a 7,500 square foot stage, an orchestra pit large enough to accommodate nearly
100 musicians, and superb acoustics. The Fisher Theatre in Detroit's New Center is a
3,000-seat theater which often hosts touring Broadway shows. It was originally decorated
in a Mayan-temple style and began as a vaudeville and movie house in the late 1920s. The
Attic Theatre is located in the Trapper's Alley complex in Greektown and presents several
top-notch shows each year. The Bonstelle Theatre, distinguished by its prominent dome,
features the work of Wayne State University undergraduate students. The Detroit Film
Theatre offers a variety of films of cultural interest and historic significance. Detroit
Repertory Theatre is a 36-year old institution where comedy and drama are popular fare.
The Hilberry Theatre, also affiliated with Wayne State University, is the only graduate
repertory company in the country. The Masonic Temple is acoustically unparalleled, boasts
the largest stage in the Midwest, and often hosts major theatrical productions and
internationally acclaimed entertainers. Detroit's historic Music Hall has had some of the
world's finest drama, opera, jazz, and dance performed on its downtown stage.
Informtion on these or any other Detroit attractions can be obtained by contacting the
Metropolitan Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800)-DETROIT.
African American Health Care Exhibit
The Kellogg African American Health Care Project and the Detroit Public Library present
a health care exhibit of photographs and medical artifacts at the Detroit Public Library
from February to March 1999. This community-based exhibit is a direct collaboration
between the University of Michigan Medical School and Hospital, the Detroit Medical
Society, the Walter Reuther and Bentley Historical Libraries, the Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History, and several community residents.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit,
Michigan is dedicatedto the preservation and presentation of African and African American
history and culture. It is the largest African American historical and cultural
institution in the world. The new museum encompasses 120,000 square feet and includes
expanded exhibition galleries, an orientation theater, classrooms, multi-purpose rooms, a
research library, and a museum store.
The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of
Detroit's Cultural Center at 315 East Warren at Brush Street. The museum is located next
to the Detroit Science Center and within one block walking distance of the Detroit
Institute of Arts.
Several Detroit area hotels are listed.
Applicants should contact the individual hotel for reservations.
Downtown Detroit Hotels
1 Renaissance Center
Detroit, MI 48226
Crown Plaza Ponchartrain
2 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
New Center Area
Hotel St. Regis
3071 W. Grand Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48202
University of Michigan
The Michigan League
911 North University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1265