Cobblestone streets, 19th century stores, an auto assembly line, toy trains and a fur trading post from the 1700s are only a few of the wonders visitors see at the Detroit Historical Museum. For 83 years, the Museum has chronicled the life and times of the region, safeguarding its rich history.
When attorney and historian Clarence M. Burton donated his collection of historical papers to the Detroit Public Library in 1914, he triggered a chain of events that led to the creation of the Detroit Historical Museum. In December 1921, Burton brought together 19 prominent local historians to found the Detroit Historical Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the city’s history.
After almost a century of planning and historical exhibits, improvements were made to include:
- Three new permanent exhibits: the Gallery of Innovation, the Allesee Gallery of Culture and Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy
- An expanded Doorway to Freedom: Detroit and the Underground Railroad exhibit
- Updated Streets of Old Detroit and America’s Motor City exhibits.