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“Representations from Every Period of Art!”

Detroit Institute of Arts
Ranked #1 of 160 things to do in Detroit
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Considered to house one of the best art collections in the United States, the Institute showcases everything from mummies to modern art and African masks to Monets in its outstanding collection of over 65,000 works. Don't miss the General Motors Center for African American Art, a part of the DIA which showcases 400 pieces, in various media, by African American artists.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A well-curated museum that strives not only to represent the various periods of European art, but also includes collections of art from numerous cultures. Excluding the special exhibit, a full day should be enough to explore the three floors of the museum. If a special exhibit is present, additional time will be needed. The museum map includes highlighted pieces, which allows guests to guide themselves through the exhibit rooms. Guided tours provided by the docents are also available. The benefit of a docent led tour is that the layout of the exhibit rooms can be a bit complex and a docent guided tour would alleviate this issue. Some rooms have interactive exhibit pieces and there is an “I Spy” challenge to help younger children develop an appreciation for art.

On the first floor, the museum has a variety of dining options and prices are reasonable. A gift shop is located here as well. If a special exhibit is present, I strongly recommend paying the extra expense to attend, as I have yet to be disappointed by a traveling exhibit at this museum.

Thank BLocke03
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited specifically to see the Detroit Industry Murals by Diego Rivera but were pleasamtly surprised to see so much more! The DIA has everything from ancient art to modern art. My favorite surprises were a Georgia O'Keefe that wasn't a flower (Horse Stables)and Kehinde Wiley's "Officer of the Hussars, 2007" which anyone would recognize as his if they've had the pleasure of seeing Wiley's portrait of President Obama at the National Portrait Gallery in D.C. his work seems illuminated from within and is stunning.

The museum offers a lot of interpretations, if you are interested in that, and there is a lot to draw in young children, too. We skipped the baseball and Star Wars costume exhibit. You could really use two days, at least, to take in everything at the Museum.

A visit to the DIA is well worth your time. It reminded me of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, regarding the scope of its collection but the DIA seemed to offer even more! Oh - and the DIA Café was fantastic, too!!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just go! Fantastic art museum, full of the famous and not so famous. The Diego Rivera mural is worth the visit alone. Beautiful building. I could spend hours here...

Thank SBlisa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Incredible art museum, world class in Detroit. Wonderful collection with
everything from Monet and Cezanne to Picasso and Warhol. In an absolutely
incredible early 20th Century building. Thank goodness this was not sold off
when the city went under. The collection is phenominal .
My only complaint is after having a rather unusual conversation with an employee ,
I asked where was a painting I had seen online of medieval peasants dancing
at a Wedding. She told me, the painting was down for conservation.
miraculously , walked by it 5 min. later.

Thank jbtraveller2000
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this museum. Fabulous works of art and the special exhibits are always so good. The collections are so well put together and I love taking the free tours. Also, the Diego Rivera murals are incredible and The Star Wars exhibit are just awesome !
This is a must see place if you are going to be in Detroit!

Thank Brianna R
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