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Despite hard knocks, Detroit is forging ahead and making a comeback with many activities and attractions to draw visitors for spring and summer travel. With a rich and distinct cultural history of music, art, sports, and innovation, we only look forward to what's next for this great American city.

Spring 2014 promises a number of festivals, events, exhibits and more for visitors coming to Detroit.

Henry Ford Museum: Women Who Rock
Henry Ford Museum: Women Who Rock The Henry Ford Museum/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Henry Ford Museum: Women Who Rock

Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power      

The Henry Ford Museum                                           May 17 - August 17, 2014

A groundbreaking interactive exhibit, direct from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Like to rock? Women Who Rock is an unprecedented chance to revisit the musicians who helped shape the soundtrack of your life — innovators like Madonna and Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, and dozens of others. The exhibit is filled with more than 250 sensational artifacts. History for your ears.

This exhibit is presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Detroit Historical Society
Detroit Historical Society Detroit Historical Society

Detroit Historical Society

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.

Detroit African-American Museum
Detroit African-American Museum Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History

Detroit African-American Museum

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. Dr. Charles Wright, an obstetrician and gynecologist, envisioned an institution to preserve Black history after visiting a memorial to Danish World War II heroes in Denmark. As a result of this visit, he was convinced that African Americans needed a similar resource center to document, preserve and educate the public on their history, life and culture.

The museum provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. Housing over 30,000 artifacts and archival materials and home to the Blanche Coggin Underground Railroad Collection, Harriet Tubman Museum Collection, Coleman A. Young Collection and the Sheffield Collection, a repository of documents of the labor movement in Detroit.

Wish Upon a Butterfly
Wish Upon a Butterfly The Michigan Science Center

Wish Upon a Butterfly

Wish Upon a Butterfly at The Michigan Science Center      Through June 15, 2014

Walk among live butterflies in the Wish Upon a Butterfly exhibit while hundreds of butterflies flutter around. Some may even take a seat on a shoulder or rest in still laps. Best of all, these winged wonders will sit on guests’ fingers while being hand fed a special nectar solution. This experience also teaches a butterfly’s life cycles from caterpillar to adult. Explore the wonder of a caterpillar changing into a chrysalis or a butterfly emerging from one.

The Flight of the Butterflies IMAX® movie is great complement to this exhibit.

River Days Detroit
River Days Detroit Detroit River Days/Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort

River Days Detroit

River Days returns June 20-22, 2014.  This one of a kind festival takes place along the Detroit Riverfront – from the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority Terminal & Dock just west of the GM Renaissance Center, to Rivard Plaza and the William G. Milliken State Park.  River Days is a celebration of Detroit’s RiverWalk with activities on land and water.  Experience all the RiverWalk has to offer, from the tall ships, jet-ski demos and riverboat tours to live music, sand sculptures, kids activities, delicious eats and much more!

Detroit Skyline
Detroit Skyline Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau

Detroit Skyline

Got a thing for cars, culture, music or sports? Detroit has your back with loads of thrilling events and mainstay attractions that cover every category.  Drive it, bike it, hoof it by foot. Experience metro Detroit your way. Tours, bowling, and belly laughs. Find out about the rousing nightlife fun that awaits you in metro Detroit.


Motown Motown Museum


Motown Museum

As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Teena Marie, their music communicated and brought together a racially-divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people of all ages and races.