Detroit Historical Museum

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Basic Information

Address: 5401 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48202
Phone Number: 313.833.1419
Director: Elana Rugh

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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday 1pm to 5pm

The Detroit Historical Museum provides engaging field trip experiences for students in grades 3 through 12. Aligned with state social studies standards, our tours and programs will enhance any curriculum.

Tours, programs, and workshops must be booked a minimum of one month in advance. Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation letter with an invoice and other important information.
Full payment is due two weeks prior to the program date.
Your field trip is subject to cancellation if your payment is late.

Parking in our lot is $9 per car and based on availability.

Grade Levels:
Group Type: scout groups, camp groups, special needs groups, field trips, school field trips, college groups
Disabled Access:

At the Detroit Historical Society, we strive to make our museums a place for every visitor to learn and engage. Below is a list of the various ways in which we are creating a space that welcomes our entire community.

If you have any questions, please contact us at 313.833.1419 or email to further inquire about our accommodations or other ways we can make your visit more enjoyable. While you are at the museum, please ask our front desk if you require more information or assistance.

Physical Accessibility:
- Adult-sized wheelchairs are available for use by individuals with limited mobility. Please ask a Visitor Experience
- Associate at the front desk. There is no cost, but users must leave an ID with museum staff.
- Our front doors use automatic-open buttons.
- All floors are accessible via the elevator.
- All bathrooms and water fountains are wheelchair accessible.
- There is accessible parking in the Detroit Historical Museum parking lot, just south of the museum's entrance.
- Visitors can be dropped off in front of the Detroit Historical Museum on Kirby Street.

Program Type:

On-site Prices (includes general admission):

  • Self-Guided Experience for 15 or more students: $5 per student

  • Scavenger Hunt Experience for 15 or more students: $5 per student

  • Guided Tour Experience: $5 per student   
    *Note: For every 10 students, 1 teacher/chaperone is free!

  • StoryLiving Program (at museum): $400 - flat rate for up to 120 students

  • StoryLiving Program (at your school): $450 - flat rate for up to 120 students
    *Mileage fee of $50.00 will be charged for venues located more than 30 miles from the Detroit Historical Museum.

  • Workshops: $250 flat rate for up to 30 students. 

    Reservation of lunchroom/meeting space is an additional $50.00
    Use of museum spaces on Mondays or after hours is an additional $150.00.


Virtual Pricing:

  • Virtual Guided Tour Experience: $250.00 per virtual experience for up to 60 students.

  • StoryLiving Program: $400 - flat rate for up to 100 students.

Accreditation: N/A
Admission/Tickets: Varied pricing based on reservation; range $5 to $15 per participant
Registration: Registration is required.
Food: Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in Museum Store. No cafeteria onsite.
Length of Visit: 60-90 minutes
Student/Staff Ratio: 10:1
Max. Group Number: 80
Group Requirements: Please note: - There must be one chaperone for every 10 students. Please note, due to space constraints, we cannot accommodate additional chaperones that were not included in your reservation. - The Detroit Historical Museum does not allow self-guided groups of more than 30 people. If self-guided groups are not booked in advance, they may not be granted access to the museum, please call 313.833.1801 to reserve. - Should you need to reschedule or cancel your reservation, please contact our education team as soon as possible (313.833.1801), so we can accommodate your reservation changes.
Return Policy: If your group cancels in less than 48 hrs, or does not show up for your reservation time, a $50.00 cancellation fee will be applied to your school or group account.
Exhibits: Permanent Exhibitions: America's Motor City, Motor City Music Lab, Allesse Gallery of Culture, Detroit: Arsenal of Democracy, Doorway to Freedom, Gallery of Innovation, Streets of Old Detroit, Detroit 67: Perspectives, Legends Plaza
Gift Shop/Factory Outlet: Yes
Retail Store: Yes
Reservations Needed: Yes
Nearby Attractions: Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Public Library Main Branch, Wayne State University, Hellenic Museum, Michigan Science Center, Scarab Club
Mission Statement:

Our mission is:

The Detroit Historical Society tells Detroit's stories and why they matter.

Our vision is:

To be an integral part of Detroit's present and future by providing meaningful experiences that preserve and share its past.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our values are:

  • Authentic: We demonstrate the highest level of integrity and scholarship in all of our words and actions, ensuring that our work is balanced and truthful.

  • Relevant: We provide informative, engaging, and dynamic experiences that help community members see their place in Detroit's history.

  • Creative: We embrace fresh and innovative approaches to our work and mission, and encourage our board, staff, and volunteers to think imaginatively.

  • Professional: We are dedicated stewards of assets held in public trust, and our board, staff, and volunteers are committed to carrying out the mission with the highest standards of excellence.

  • Inclusive: We provide informative, engaging, and dynamic experiences that offer opportunities for broad and diverse participation.

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