Visiting a museum is always a unique experience, as each one has its own distinct characteristics, style, and of course, content. Museum subjects vary greatly from city to city, and can range from firefighter's museums to fine art, to sports. If you need help making a selection, our 10Best list highlights the top spots to visit in Detroit.

Motorsports Hall of Fame & Museum


If you frequently have the need for speed or have ever put the pedal to the metal, you'll want to visit this facility. Racing vehicles representing a range of fast-moving sports are on display, including stock cars, Indy cars, trucks,...  Read More

Dossin Great Lakes Museum


Located on Belle Isle Park, this maritime museum features a working submarine periscope and allows you a close up view of ship traffic on the Detroit River. Displays cover such topics as the Storm of 1913 (the worst storm to ever hit the Great...  Read More

The Henry Ford


Henry Ford Museum showcases the development of technology in the US and documents the width and breadth of American inventions and innovation. The facility occupies nine acres and includes exhibits on agriculture, the automobile, freedom,...  Read More

Detroit Institute of Arts


View works by masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse at this impressive museum. Major thematic exhibits place a focus on Africa, Oceania, and the Indigenous Americas; The Arts of Asia and the Islamic World; and Prints,...  Read More

Detroit Historical Museum


This museum was established to preserve and document the history, growth, and development of Detroit and its people, including the fascinating "Motor City" exhibit. Children love "Streets of Old Detroit," with its cobblestone streets and...  Read More



[Cranbook Art Museum is closed for renovations.] This dual-purposed suburban complex offers patrons the chance to explore the marvels of science and encounter the intriguing beauty of 20th-century art. Cranbrook Art Museum's collection of...  Read More

Automotive Hall of Fame


Tour the center that celebrates the accomplishments of individuals throughout history who have contributed to the growth and expansion of the worldwide motor vehicle industry. It features a full-size replica of the world's first gas powered car...  Read More



Get involved with science and technology close-up at this hands-on museum. Interactive displays help visitors learn more about solar energy, fossils, holograms, and laser lights, and an OMNIMAX theater presents fascinating films that put you...  Read More

Cranbrook Institute of Science


The Institute of Science intends to share with visitors its broad fascination with the natural world and with technology. Its interactive displays and engaging exhibits make the educational process a fun one for young and old. The collection...  Read More



This non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving the ideals of the Arts & Crafts Movement of the early 20th century, while simultaneously advancing contemporary ceramic arts. Visit the production studios, where you can see actual...  Read More