Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The Motown Museum is Reopening!

Smokey Robinson and a Friend in front of Motown Museum in 1967
Arts and culture are the lifeblood of Detroit, but thanks to COVID-19 many of our public spaces have been shut down for most of 2020. Thankfully, we are beginning to learn how to live in this new world and some of the city's best places to take in art and culture are ready to open back up. The DIA and Michigan Science Center reopened last week with new practices in place to protect their patrons when they visit. This includes reduced capacity, reduced hours, and enhanced cleaning practices, as well as requiring everyone who visits to wear a mask. The Motown Museum will join them and reopen this week on July 15th, 2020.

The Motown Museum was once home to Motown Records, a massively successful record label started by Berry Gordy in the late 50's and early 60's. It is the home of the Motown sound, a sound that changed the world and put Detroit music on the map. Motown was the first African-American-owned record label to reach widespread national acclaim. The record label broke down racial prejudice by becoming the most successful independent record company in history and the most successful African-American-owned business in America. It is now home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs, and other memorabilia. Patrons get to learn more about the music and the magic that made Motown the special place that we know today.

The museum will be open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Visitors will need to purchase tickets in advance and when they arrive they will be taken on a one hour guided tour of the space. Tickets can be purchased up to 21 days in advance.  Mask are required and tours will be limited size so that everyone can keep their space. The best part about reopening? You will be able to take photos of EVERYTHING in the museum for the first time in history. So, make sure that you bring a camera to capture the moment while you are there. Tickets range from $10 - $15 a person and can be purchased online here.


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