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Motown Museum

Landmarks & Historical Sites, Arts & Entertainment, Museums

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The Motown Museum is one of Southeastern Michigan's most popular tourist destinations. Each year, the museum attracts thousands of visitors from across the nation and around the globe. Founded in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the Museum's mission is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Corporation and to educate and motivate people, especially youth, through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. Motown Historical Museum showcases Detroit's music legacy — Detroit is the hometown of to many stars including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Anita Baker and Madonna. The Motown Historical Museum, is where Berry Gordy Jr. built Motown's powerful roster, which at its peak included Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5. At The Motown Historical Museum you'll see Motown's first recording studio, known as Studio A, and one of Michael Jackson's hats.

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Laura M

8/7/2014

This tour was awesome. Our guide was simply great! (Sorry, I can't recall the guide's name...I know he is the youngest guide there.) We had so much fun and learned a ton. Motown Museum aka Hitsville gets 5 stars from us. Going to Detroit? Certainly worth the $10 to view this part of music history.

Julie W

8/7/2014

This is a must-see. An amazing piece of musical history - so much fantastic music came out of this little building! A lovely, fun experience.

Harry T

8/7/2014

Thank you Berry for having the courage to start Motown Recording Studios... and Thank You Detroit for nurturing musicians and fostering an atmosphere for creativity...

David S

8/7/2014

I have been a huge fan of Tamla Motown since 1963 and when I visited the Motown Museum it was truly a wonderful experience.

I am lucky in that my wife is actually from Detroit.

David

Alison D

8/7/2014

Just went here yesterday, and had such a great time! The building is in great shape, our tour guide was awesome, and our entire group was singing by the end. I definitely recommend it!

dana b

9/9/2014

Absolutely beautiful and amazing place to visit. The spirits that I felt during the tour gave me the chills. Standing in the places where The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, and many, many more legends stood was something that I'll always remember. Peggy was an amazing guide! Big ups to her!! I enjoyed singing "My Girl" in Studio A :-)

Marion B

9/9/2014

Entertaining ! Jordan (our guide) was really nice and energetic. Too bad the tour went so fast that we had not the time to see all the pictures and items there. It was pretty cool to actually be in the studio where so many hits were recorded by all these big stars.

Shawna B

10/25/2014

Was such a eye opener I really enjoyed going there and can't wait to take my boyfriend there. I went with my choir so we got the sing in the same recording studio it was just so much fun great spirts :))

Gordie H

11/27/2014

Didn't know Motown had such an influence on our music today until I visited. Very interactive and fun tour!

Tony K

2/3/2015

We toured the Motown museum and the "OOH AHHH " guide made it so much fun. I had no idea that I grew up so close to all of the Motown legends. What a great day we had at the museum. We would like to thank everyone who helps keep this part of Detroit history alive and especially the "OHH AHH " guy!! We plan to bring all of our out of town guests to experience the Motown magic.

Antiwan T

2/3/2015

Its a wonderful place to see the roots of Motown Legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, and The Supremes lend their talents in this location. It's a must see for any music lover. Gift shop is small but it is ok.

Emily D

3/30/2015

Fantastic tour! Educational, fun and exciting to be so intimate w music history. An inspirational visit for any entrepreneur or has built their own thing.

Roy A

3/30/2015

Hi Berry,

As John Lennon once said until Elvis there was nothing in the same vein until there was Motown there was nothing.

Motown is the Heart & Soul of real music !!!

still playing Motown Tracks since TMG 501 Stop in the name of Love the Supremes was released in the UK

Best Regards The Soul Master AKA Roy Allen

Cynthia I

6/1/2015

Exciting to feel the energy.

Matthew M

8/3/2015

Absolutely the best tour. So much history and live in this experience, best 15 bucks. Peggy the tour guide is absolutely the best, and my heart throbs for more.

Timothy U

9/3/2015

"Studio A"...where it all began. Decent admission price. COOL gift shop!!! Informative, historical tour. Friendly, interactive (tour guide). Busy!!! Well worth the hour wait.

Mia K

9/3/2015

Having the opportunity to take a walk down memory lane and see the creativity of Motown was amazing. The tour guide was entertaining and very knowledgeable. We had an awesome visit. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves music.

lynn M

9/3/2015

It was very educational and to be in the reception area where several stars once hung out and got their start was amazing. Next trip I'm bringing the kids.

Alex B

11/6/2015

Wonderful, best $12 ever spent! Learned so much and got to see (and sing in!) the famous studio A that many many timeless classics were created in. Our tour guide was very exciting and did a wonderful job.

Joe S

11/6/2015

Throughout my whole life I dreamed of being on stage and singing with Motown.

In 2006, Martha Reeves, The Dramatics and

Other great Motown Legends gave me that Dream at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.

Thank You Mr. Gordy. Motown 4-Ever!.

Micah R

12/7/2015

A must see! Jordan is the best guide EVER! You are immersed into the motown sound and feel like part of the family...

Carlene J

12/7/2015

The.

most memorable time in college was the surprise tour my professor had for arranged for the seniors in a class that I been trying to avoid for 4 years, it made you proud to be a Detroiter.

Patsi H

1/9/2016

I was particularly moved by Raynoma Gordy's autobiography, and the overabundant and amazing contribution SHE made to Motown, non of which would have been possible if it hadn't been for her dedication to her husband, Berry. I found your book in a book store in Ann Arbor, almost met you at Motown, and have been mesmerized by your story ever since. In my eyes, you are an incredible woman.

Rich H

1/9/2016

Thank you Peggy, for my "speedtour" today!

An amazing museum, with great history. Recommended to anyone in the Detroit area. Very well done.

3/4/2016

Absolutely a must do for music lovers when visiting Detroit. It's classic & a part of Detroit & America's heritage!

Vera D

3/13/2016

What a fantastic gem. I scheduled a group tour for our holiday party (50) and they divided our group in two groups of 25. There's a ton of history packed into these two small bungalows, and the docent you get can make or break your experience. First you watch a movie documentary and it's mind boggling to know the Motown greats like Diana and Smokey lived on the same block. There's a lot of memorabilia and you're encouraged to sing as much as possible. I am amazed that many locals who grew up here have never been. It's a must have stop for out of towners.

Claire A

4/15/2016

A great museum and fantastic tour guide, well priced, to improve the museum experience further they could have a souvenir programme, so that you can take a memory away with you.

Andrea C

5/15/2016

I am so thankful that my mom and I went to tour Motown Museum. It felt great being surrounded by musical history. I felt the presence of all the musicians who visit and recorded at Studio A at Motown. Make sure you go and visit if you are in the Detroit area.

Fredrick B

5/15/2016

I'd like to say If you love Motown music the way I do go and see the history inside of this building just to see the costumes and to see how they had to improvise to get the sound that made American people and people all over the world come together...I was in shock going inside studio A I felt the magic going into the snake pit as they called it that years ago I'd like to say thanks to Barry Gordy and staff The Funk Brothers and allllll of the artist that made Motown possible.....love it...

Eyakem G

6/21/2016

I really love this Motown Museum place in detroit michigan musician and artists thanks Berry Gordy for music like I really enjoyed listening to Temptations and Supremes the Marvelettes Martha Vandellas Mary Wells The Four Tops Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

Daniel W

6/21/2016

Great place in general, but the cheap Miley Cyrus knock-off that lead our tour made it kind a hard to enjoy. She yelled all the time and more or less ridiculed a sacred institution. Try to avoid her.

Dave M

6/21/2016

An incredible experience made infinitely more enjoyable by our fun, enthusiastic and genuine tour guide, Jordan.

kendra k

10/30/2016

"Hitsville U.S.A.", aka the Motown Museum, is where the heart and soul of Detroit musical tradition resides. Currently housed in it's original house on W. Grand Blvd, the museum offers chill inducing tours of the humble space where Motown legends were born. As you walk through the halls, and especially into the studio, you are overcome by greatness. This is unlike any other tour, and can be a very emotional experience! If you would like to partake in this intimate experience make sure you visit soon!! The museum just announced an exciting huge expansion that will get under way soon.

Angela P

10/30/2016

Well worth the time to experience a part of music history. I love that so many original things from the past Motown glory days are still present and on display during the tour. The tour guide extremely knowledgeable. Add to your bucket list people. So worth it!

Colin H

10/30/2016

put this on your bucket list it's a must, great tour and studio B will blow you away, where the music and greats hung out, great antedocs along the way

.....definitely a revisit next year, ... the store should sell a souvenirs booklet called the Storey of Motown.. it would sell like hot cakes, keep the sprit going and rock on

Jim W

10/30/2016

100% must-see attraction in Detroit. Even if you're not crazy about Motown music, there's still so much history to learn about here. The tour guides are super fun and energetic, you're guaranteed to have a great time!

Quentin D

10/30/2016

Its a classic museum, im glad to have seen it and i discovered a lot of informations and artists i didnt know but the guide was horrible. I spoke too fast we coulnt understand anything about what i said. Howfull experience with this guy.

Christine D

11/30/2016

Fantastic museum. Guided tour thru history. Wish we could have taken pictures but enjoyed every moment and was able to cross something off our bucket list!

Kei B

11/30/2016

I thought the pricing was fair. It was worth it for the history. The Tour Guide was amazing. She was funny and full of knowledge. We enjoyed it.

Ranford R

11/30/2016

A great place to visit if you are ever in the "D'. We had a good time there, learned a lot. Check the times of operation before you go

Symanthia J

2/2/2017

The Motown Museum experience was AWESOME!! The day we initially went, the tours were sold out so I would suggest buying the tour tickets at least a day in advance. Photography inside the museum exhibits are prohibited but the tour was amazing, as was our tour guide. She was energetic, passionate, and amusing. It's a small facility which we later learned would be expanded in the coming years. It's a great experience and I would highly suggest visiting the space if in the city of Detroit.

Rosalie C

2/2/2017

I have been to Detroit many times especially as a kid and had never been here. This place was an amazing look back in time. Learned some things I never knew. I always say the tour guide makes the tour. Our guide was amazing and could sing, she was very knowledgeable about the history of Motown and it's founder. I can't recall her name but she was great.

Roabert L

2/2/2017

Really good tour of the Motown music machine. Fascinating look at this successful black-owned company.

Glauber C

3/3/2017

This is a must see Museum in Detroit. A lot of history in this small studio. The guide tours are about 1 hour long. No photos are allowed inside the museum. Definitely recommend this museum if your are visiting Detroit.

Martha H

4/6/2017

Its great to step back in musical history and learn about some of rhe great bands that made music what it is today. Our tour guide was phenomenal. She must really love her job!

Steve S

4/6/2017

Went to museum last week with family for your. I haven't been there in years. If you love music you should go if you are from Detroit then you must go.....what a great place.

Tourmaline K

4/6/2017

MAKE SURE TO BUY YOUR TICKETS AHEAD OF TIME!! Pretty interesting place to go to though! Have fun!

Dometrius H

5/6/2017

Great place. Get your tickets online. They seem sell out on the tours. If you don't have a ticket you can only view the gift shop. If you have a group (tour group) that needs tickets, they will allow you to purchase your tickets over the phone. I hope this helps. May the Peace of Christ be you always.

Crysta C

5/6/2017

This place has no parking and is located on a very busy street. The parking lot that you would think should be theirs actually belongs to a funeral home where you are immediately advised do not park here by funeral staff.

They have guided tours ONLY and thats limited and they fill up instantly so if you plan on visiting the Museum it's 100% my recommendation to BOOK ONLINE.

Jeff W

6/7/2017

To stand in the studio where so many iconic artists recorded their early hits is a moving experience. A small museum telling a big story. Great guide told the Berry Gordy & Motown story with passion and energy.

Alicia G

6/7/2017

This place is something you HAVE to do if you visit Detroit. Save yourself the trouble and order your tickets online. Try to go early so you can easily find a space to park. There's no parking lot. You have to park on the street. The gift shop is expensive. I wanted to buy something but I'm such a cheapskate and I couldn't even justify the cost of the refrigerator magnet. I adored our tour guide she was friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Being in the same place where the Temptations and Martha and the Vandellas stood and sang was EVERYTHING! I learned a lot and I got excited about being in Motor City. I've always thought it should be a public policy that every public building in Detroit should pipe in Motown music exclusively! There's so many hits. The tour is totally worth the ticket price and I plan to go again with my sisters (my background singers) so we can perform !

David T

6/7/2017

What a gem.

I was very, very impressed.

I was as giddy as a kid by the end of the tour. It was such a positive uplifting experience. Gave me great pride being a Detroiter.

David W

6/7/2017

One of the best museums in the city. Honestly there is nothing else like it in the world. A gem in the city and something I recommend everyone experience.

Teresa M

7/12/2017

I love Motown. This was my second visit and it was great. I loved seeing all the photos of my favorites singers and love hearing how Berry Gordy started the company. If you haven't been you should plan it for your next trip.

Priya A

7/12/2017

A must-see for anyone visiting Detroit. It's a place of huge cultural and historical significance. Learned so much about the drive and the ingenuity of the people behind music I grew up listening to. Couldn't help but feel moved by the passion our tour guide exuded. Loved it and am so glad I went!

Darrell R

7/12/2017

Great place to experience where it all began! The tour was pricey, but there is no other place in the world that you can see that much Motown history where it all happened. Great experience!!! Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the subject also! Recommend to anyone visiting Detroit.

Vivian S

7/12/2017

Crysta Cleara's review is pretty true. Plus, the last station on the tour, Studio A, and the gift shop are not handicapped accessible. The tour fee is not particularly expensive; I feel that I definitely got my money's worth. BUT, but, three members of our party were cheated because one was in a wheelchair and two others stayed with her to keep her company. Then too, accessible parking should at least be afforded to the handicapped. Surely, something can be done.

Amber W

7/12/2017

It was so awesome getting to learn the history of Motown!! Great tour guide, friendly people :) love love love the music!! My mom use to listen to this music growing up and it was nice to go somewhere she had been :)

Kia P

8/14/2017

The tour was great. It provided a look back at the history of Berry's Gordy's family, Motown, and of the Motown artists that we know and love. Our guide, Jordan was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I would recommend purchasing tickets online prior to showing up at the museum as tours are provided on a first come first served basis for a limited number of people. Please note that photos inside the museum are also not allowed.

PK L

8/14/2017

Nice one hour guided tour. A great look back at how and where Motown was started and the individuals involved. Love the history of the Gordy family. Enjoyed the tour of the living quarters and Studio A. Tour Guide Jordan kept us entertained and made it interactive.

Adrienne M

8/14/2017

Need better business decisions. They turn drives of people away saying they sold out of tickets. It would be smarter to charge people at the door and let them tour the place themselves or hire 2 more staff and charge people an additional $5 per ticket. Businesses in Detroit can't afford to turn people away, I saw at least 20 people get turned away in the hour I was there. They lost $300 in an hour because of bad business practices, I'm a business owner so it drives me nuts. Not to mention I was there for a conference, conference had over 2500 people and they didn't invite the people from the conference. I would ask the conference center to make the tour a part of their package. At least 100 people from the conference told me they were also turned away. Sad! People just take pics outside then leave.

Annie B

9/15/2017

Love this place! My surprise visit was super inspiring, as I'm an entrepreneur as well. It was fascinating to see how the influence of the founder's parents and family helped him develop into such a smart businessman. The tour was fun and our tour guide was enthusiastic and friendly. She also really knew her stuff.

I highly recommend this tour! Lots of standing but there's an elevator to avoid most of the stairs.

Wayne M

9/15/2017

The history behind Motown records is an amazing story of resilience and family values. Berry Gordy started with an $800 loan from his family Bank, to create Tamara records which then turned into Motown Records. He had to pay the loan back within a year at 6% interest. Something that should be done to this very day. Studio way was spell bounding to know that all the artist who made Motown great actually recorded there. Nothing short of amazing and well worth the trip and the little amount of money it cost to get a amazing guided tour our tour guide Jordan was the best.

russ w

10/16/2017

Ask anyone who grew up in Detroit have you been to the Motown Museum and you will get the answer: No. Same with me, 30 years in Detroit and never went. But here's the deal: GO. It's the best one hour $10 you ever spent. A lot of fun and interesting facts you never thought of. And even if you know all the facts and details it's so cool to just be in the actual spot where it all happened.

theabstrakt84

11/21/2017

Very excited to have finally visit this historic place and important part of music history. I cannot wait for the extension. My only comment is that we not allowed to take any photos inside and the tour even the host is lovely, I hate guided tours. But I knew this would happen. Hope that in the future they also provide none guided tours and photos taken. Definitely recommend visiting tho.

Angel S

11/21/2017

The tour guide was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining! The history of Motown music was quite interesting. The original funiture, studio equipment and memorabilia made it feel like we were momentarily apart of the experience of that era! It was an amazing visit!

William V

12/22/2017

I love this place! This is my favorite Detroit area Historical attraction!! The meticulous attention to details in every room and part of the museum was very impressive!! Our tour guide was so enthusiastic and full of energy and she really loved her job and it showed!! I went with my mom dad and sister and they had a very enjoyable experience!! Great Staff!! Great attention to details and great overall experience!!

James B

12/22/2017

Very atmospheric and surprisingly emotional experience. The tour guide we had was fantastic and the finale in studio A was memorable. Absolutely incredible to think of the great music that came out of what was essentially a garage done up by Berry Gordy‘s father. A must stop tour for anyone who’s ever turned on the radio and listened to music.

Christy B

12/22/2017

Awe inspiring, amazing bits of history! Our tour guide was great and you can tell that she truly believes in the importance of motown and its role in history. It was mind blowing to see the amazing amount of time, work, love, sweat, tears and faith went into the whole movement.

It is truly a must see if you are near Detroit.

sheila g

1/22/2018

I really enjoyed this tour... It was one of the best tours I have ever been on... This tour gave me chills because of all the great artists/icons that were signed to Motown and recorded there.. The tour was led by Jordan, who is beyond incredible... He sang songs throughout the tour, which kept the tour entertaining.. He is the greatest...If you are ever in Detroit, this needs to be the first stop... You will definitely be transformed back to that great era of time when magic and miracles were being made by Berry Gordy...

qns646

1/22/2018

Well worth the price and wait. We had a very entertaining and interactive host. We learned so much about Motown's history in a fun visual way.

Brian H

2/22/2018

This museum is great. Incredible to think that Barry Gordy, Jr. actually recorded so many famous performers in this space. The fact that they maintained the original furnishings is impressive.

They have so many cool exhibits and insights into recording at this house and time in history. I never thought about training in the Motown way...turning raw talent into professional acts. Fascinating.

I would highly recommend if you have any interest in music, this time period or building a business. So cool.

Robert G

2/22/2018

This place was amazing! Grew up listening to Motown and had this on the bucket list. I was so glad I did it. Worth every dime. This recording label delivered more than music. It delivered a message and the tour guide put it in perspective. Thank you Jordan. When we met i thought id be schooling you. Thank you for educating me. Awesome stories you told. The staff was super friendly so props to the management. You have a awesome team. There is alot of Detroit luv in this house.

Daniel K

2/22/2018

Awesome history, we had a great host too! Our guide was very funny and informative (Jordan, I think his name was.) Also had a great set of vocals!

Was a genuinely interesting time.

Kirk H

3/24/2018

Awesome museum and will soon be getting better with a major expansion. I thought you could just wander through the museum, but they have guided tours that start at the top of the hour. The tour guides are very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and entertaining! It's awesome that the tour ends in the actual studio where so many Motown stars recorded their many hits.

Jeri D

3/24/2018

A wonderful experience! So much interesting information I never knew. It's a guided tour. Our guide was fun and knowledgeable. I highly recommend it.

Jay S

4/25/2018

I had so much fun. The female tour guide was awesome, sorry I can’t remember her names. Even the security guy was awesome too. The History was amazing. I learned things that happen in this place I had no clue had happened. If you never been it’s worth it. I will bring my kids back next year to see this historic hits village. All I can say is what an experience...

Karen M

5/25/2018

Recommend buying tickets online on the weekend. Tours every half hour sell out! Tours of 30 people lasts about an hour. Hard to see all the exhibits in that time but worth visiting. Don't miss the back of the Motown sign. No interior pics allowed. ☹️

Frank M

5/25/2018

Well worth a detour! Our tour guide Jordan was outstanding - friendly, knowledgeable and funny. The history of the music was absorbing, from the Gordy family to the artists whose names are so familiar and, of course, the hits that made Hitsville.

Yes, parking can be troublesome, and it would have been a shame to have come from afar hoping to walk-in on a tour, but the comments about just being allowed to walk through unguided misunderstand the way that groups need to flow through the space as a practical matter of crowd management and safety.

While you're in the area, visit the Detroit Historical Society Museum. (it's interesting and free, but make a donation!)

Letizia T

6/26/2018

For someone who has almost zero knowledge of the history of Motown, this was a very accessible and eye opening museum experience. It's more of a guided tour through the preserved studios before they were moved out to LA. Our guide was great, entertaining and informative, and added lots of fun facts and tidbits about the place. She obviously loves her job. On our tour, I heard many people of various ages, hometowns, and all demographics who were repeat visitors, so I assume most of the guides are pretty good!

Clifford B

6/26/2018

Not a very large venue, but it is jam packed with African American music history! If in the area definitely go see this museum. Also, our guide was so energetic and knowledgeable. I'm glad we got her. She said they were doing an expansion, so we'll be going back at some point after it's finished to see what new exhibits they have. If you love Motown music check this out. It is a guided tour that takes about an hour and fills up quickly. Stop by and get tickets early or plan on waiting up to an hour. However, it was worth the wait.

Catherine P

6/26/2018

I'm rating it five stars so more people come here. I actually felt like it was a little rushed. I wanted to spend more time looking at the items. They've done a good job with the pre-tour movie and the guides seem enthusiastic. Let's be real. I'd give it 5 stars no matter what the tour was like. I'm just happy it's preserved.

Dan s

7/26/2018

As a music lover, it was a great experience to visit the original studio location where some of the most legendary songs were both written and recorded. Our tour guide was very informative about the history of how the record label had evolved from a dream to reality. From seeing some of the authentic memorabilia to touring and getting technical information about the actual studio. Where great artists birthed the famous Motown sound, and played that actual piano... in a garage cum studio... was incredible! I highly recommend this for those looking to explore cultural excellence! A great place to visit for all age groups. Nice gift shop collectibles too.

Katie D

7/26/2018

How cool can you get?! Learn about the history of the Motown Legends with humble beginnings from this $800 house to purchasing many more on the same block as they built their empire. There's the jeweled glove that Michael Jackson moonwalked in on a Motown tour that he donated along with his hat, there are photos, costumes, stories and gold records from Motown artists, there is an untouched apartment as Berry Gordy Jr lived in it before he moved away and the crown jewel of course is the studio where so many hits were recorded and important meetings took place we had a great tour guide and a lot of fun.

Nita W

7/26/2018

This place is iconic. You wanna know about the best music team ever assembled you want to know about Motown. Our tour guide Jordan was the best. The memories were so strong it almost felt like I experienced part of that era.

Thiago V

7/26/2018

This was the most magical experience I ever had in a museum. Being in the same place that Michael Jackson, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder recorded their albums was just amazing. The staff is super friendly and I had an amazing view of the history of the museum because the two gentlemen that were in the tour with me knew A LOT about music. A must go if you like music.

Isobel S

8/30/2018

A great, small museum that you can only see by signing up for a guided tour. There is not a whole lot here, but our guide was very entertaining, and I would have been very happy to hear him sing more. In fact, since I'm sure people who come on the tour are fans of the music, there is a lot more opportunity for audience participation. We had fun.

Motown M

8/30/2018

I have a friend girl visiting from London England and she wanted to go to the Motown Museum, during the week Aretha Franklin passed away. We heard Aretha's music playing outside the museum which was a great tribute to Aretha. Plus after entering and learning the history of Motown Music and Berry Gordy Jr.was amazing. Our tour guide was very informative and fun.

Gail W

8/30/2018

We visited the museum on 8/19/2018 when they were holding a tribute to Aretha Franklin. There was an area outside, on the lawn of the museum, where you could sign a memorial book while listening to her music playing on giant speakers. The atmosphere was filled with love & R.E.S.PE.C.T. It was a remarkable way to spend the afternoon. The tour of the museum was also a fantastic experience. Our tour guide Jordan did a great job.

Charles B

8/30/2018

💜💜 To be in the Studio were all the Motown songs were recorded that I grew up listening too was Truly an Honor. Music has been one of two constants in my LIFE. SPIRITUALITY and MUSIC have been my Constant Companion. Thank you Berry Gordy and the MOTOWN FAMILY. LOVE YOU ALL. 💜💜

Pierre G

9/30/2018

The museum and tour was amazing. My son and I drove down from Canada to experience the magic that is Motown. I felt I was transported back to the mid-60's with all the beautiful photographs of the Motown stars. It was well worth the trip. Everyone there was very kind and our tour guide Tyler really new his stuff and made our tour enjoyable including doing the Temptations walk to My Girl. I would highly recommend doing the tour! The Motown Museum rocks!

Edward G

9/30/2018

Whatever type of music gets you grooving, I can probably say it either began here or had its influence from here. This was an amazing tour. Hard to believe we were in the same rooms where the greats used to hang. Our guide, Caroline, was simply wonderful. She was full of that Motown spark, so much knowledge. I wasn't old enough to hear these great artists when they were putting that "fresh new Motown" sound on the airwaves, but I sure am glad my parents listened to it and taught me what classic music is all about!

Erin G

9/30/2018

My friend and I visited the Motown museum on a weekday afternoon and had a FABULOUS time! Our tour guide/expert was Taneisha and she was so fun and knowledgeable and made everyone feel excited and welcome. We had such a good group of people with us, who were not afraid to dance and sing and clap and have a grand old time. Thank you for keeping the magic of Motown alive and accessible.

John R

10/31/2018

It was a nice visit, the tour guide was really living it. I would have liked a bit more freedom during that tour. We stopped by pictures, articles, and other items for quite a while and the actual exhibits like an old couch or a kitchen table were only visible to the visitor while passing them rather quickly. It is a very "guided" tour which is not m favorite type of visiting a museum.

Derek W

10/31/2018

My girlfriend and I had such an amazing time at the Motown Museum. We loved learning about the history and the tour was so informative and fun. I really enjoyed doing The Temptations shuffle in studio A. Definitely going back before this year is over.

JAL

10/31/2018

So happy we went before the expansion begins later this month...

It's really surprising how small this place is, so even though the tour is 1 hour long, they show a video for the 1st 25 min. That said, what an incredible feeling to be in the same room (in original condition) where all that great music was made . I had goosebumps the whole time. Definitely book your spot online to avoid disappointment.

Adam Z

10/31/2018

I didn't realize how many Motown songs i knew until they started the little intro-video. The tour was great, our guide was knowledgable and funny and had our group engaged the entire tour. I wish we could've spent more time at the first house, but seeing (and hearing) the history in both houses was really something else. Definitely recommend if you're a music fan.

Erin K

10/31/2018

I am sad to admit that I have not been to this museum until now, but I am glad my friends and I set aside a day to explore this museum as it was really interesting. If you plan to go, check online first for times as the museum is not self-paced, it is a guided tour, so you will want to come when a tour is occurring (or better yet, buy your tickets in advance online) since there wasn’t much of a reception area to hang out in. There also doesn’t seem to be a parking lot. We parked behind the building on a snowy day, so the walk in wasn’t easy, so I would suggest looking for a spot on the street. The tour starts with a video about how Motown got started, including interviews from many of the people who made it happen. The background of the film plays all Motown hits and I was surprised how many songs I loved listening to growing up that I didn’t realize were Motown hits. From there, you see artifacts throughout the museum, get a glimpse into Berry Gordy’s apartment, and the tour culminates in Studio A. All in all, the tour lasts about 1 hour. Our tour guide was amazing. She had a great personality, voice, and knowledge, and really made the tour interesting and special. If all of their tour guides are as good as she was, you can’t go wrong! Supposedly they are expanding, so it will be interesting to go back and she what changes have been made.

Frieda S

12/3/2018

We had a fabulous visit to this museum! It was definitely worth the trip and cost. I was amazed to see the home/studio in the original condition. Amazing experience! We also had the best tour guide!

Suzy A

12/3/2018

I wish I could give this place an honest rate but thanks to whomever answered my call here, caused me not to get any tickets. I was trying to come here while I had a visitor from out of state. I called the # on the Motown page and some lady told me I can't order the tickets online and that I have to arrive in person and get them from the box office. I was a little thrown off because I was told they were online. She assured me they weren't and to try to arrive earlier than the time of the show. I arrived 3 hours early to get tickets and they were sold out! A security guard told me I should've gotten them online and I could only visit the gift shop. What sucks is they close Sunday and Monday and I wasn't able to bring my guest here. They should definitely let their employees know these things before they go around giving false information. I was truly disappointed I wasn't able to get just 2 tickets especially being that this was their fault! As you can see here, they had just finished up a show and a lot of people were exiting as I arrived.

Taryn D

12/3/2018

Tour departed promptly and guide Peggy was both fun and informative. Was awe inspiring learning how Mr. Gordy nurtured and encouraged the wonderfully creative people he had surrounded himself with.

Very enjoyable. 5 stars!

E S

12/3/2018

It was my first time visiting the Motown Museum! I had bought our tickets a couple of days before arriving in Detroit. I wasn't sure about weather, traffic, driving conditions, so I bought our tickets for the 2pm slot. We got into Detroit really early at about 11:45am and decided to go straight to the museum to try our luck to see if they'd let us in early...and they did! It saved us a bunch of time and we really appreciated it!

Our tour guide was great...she really knows her stuff and made it fun!

The only reason why I'm giving it 4/5 stars is because I would've liked to have a bit more time to explore and check out the photos/information on our own. That would've been more fun.

It was really interesting to see Michael Jackson's hat and famous glove displayed as well as the cool attic sound effect too!

Berry Gordy was so ahead of his time!

Chantel M

1/3/2019

I am so glad we visited the museum. It was very nice and informative. The old furniture took me back to growing up in my grandmothers house. The candy machine was so nostalgic. Everyone who had part in making Motown, worked very hard. All the creative ideas were so inspiring. Just knowing we were standing in the small space where Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye played this beautiful piano was breath taking to me. I'm planning on bringing my daughter in the summer.

Britt K

1/3/2019

We had a marvelous experience at the museum. The visit was enhanced by our tour guide, Jordan. He was very informative, he engaged the group, and he had a talented singing voice. The overall history and other tidbits made it well worth our time. If you are in Detroit, set aside about an hour to do this museum

Danyanique H

1/3/2019

Just so much history and information packed all in one hour amazing! I finally got to see the place where it all started and legends were born. Also I would suggest buying tickets online because it is first come first serve and they tend to sell out fast especially if you visit on a weekend.

George Y

1/3/2019

The place is awesome! The guided tour is five star! Very clean place. The tour guide and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. I was very pleasantly surprised by my visit.

J•K•S

2/5/2019

The Motown Museum is, for me, what places like Disneyland are for other people • Pure magic!! My eyes welled up with tears the first time I walked through the door; I just couldn't believe I was really there, and it was truly one of the greatest experiences I've ever had! My tour guide was a lovely young man named Jordan & you're in for a real treat if you're fortunate enough to have him, too... that said, I can't imagine anyone there not being lovely.

You've really got to experience the magic here for yourself • it's well worth it!

Mark W

2/5/2019

Fantastic! I wish I had taken this tour long ago. Amazing history. Even though I grew up in the Detroit area oh, there is still so much more to learn about Motown. Not only is it informational but, extremely enjoyable. Tour guide was terrific but, he sang too much.

Kenneth R

2/5/2019

If you’re a fan of music history, the Motown Museum is the place to go. The tour guides are incredible and highly engaging, and the tour itself is spectacular, taking you on an educational journey through the history of the label. I highly recommend this place to anyone who lives in or is visiting Detroit!

Jesse B

3/7/2019

The Motown Museum is a must see in Detroit for both residents and visitors. Berry Gordy accomplished so much in so little time with a small amount of money, a lot of work and incredible vision. But, don't let me tell you the story, hear the incredible history for yourself. The staff of the Motown Museum are excellent, the tour guides very knowledgeable, the memorabilia and experience is well worth the price of admission. I've met people who have come here from all over the world.

Charles M

3/7/2019

Actually it wasn't like I thought it would be. You can't take any pictures on the inside you just have to remember in your head you can't show anyone it just wasn't worth the $15 fee to go in 2 see the things that you already seen and known. But I'm just saying, it would be nice to take a picture. Also the prices on the souvenirs is outrageous and it's better to just get souvenirs than even do the tour

Amanda B

3/7/2019

If you love Motown then you should definitely check out this museum. I think I had the best tour guide in the whole city of Detroit Michigan. Her name was Carolyn (sorry if I spelled that wrong) and I highly recommend you take a tour with her. She was entertaining, fantastic, and knowledgeable.

Joseph W

4/9/2019

Exceptional experience! First of all, I appreciate working for a company with people who realize that affording us the opportunity to visit some real history while visiting a city is priceless. Add for the museum itself, the visual history is incredible down to the original candies in the vending machines and the very instruments Berry Gordy used to make the hits. The staff was knowledgeable, courteous and made the whole experience that much better. One if the highlights of the trip!

Jessica H

4/9/2019

Such a memorable experience. Was amazing to see what a bunch of talent, heart and a dream can become with hard work. A great trip down memory lane seeing the humble beginnings of Berry Gordy evolve into the music and the stars that we know and love. Our tour guide, Tanisha, made the experience even more memorable. I'll definitely be back!

MaNazah C

4/9/2019

I enjoy the space, I'm looking forward to the expansion because it's small inside. I have yet to have a tour! I was there last to compete in their Motown Mic: The Spoken Word 2019 | Preliminary Round(s).

It's extremely unfortunate some of the same poets get selected EVERY YEAR to compete in the Motown Mic Poetry Slam Competition. It'd be nice if others were given a chance to compete in the final round.

Debbie P

4/9/2019

We had the best tour guide! Not only were we impressed with all the photos and memorabilia, but how it was so well kept in its original state. I loved the video and our guide had us singing and dancing in the studio at the end.

j r

4/9/2019

Took a couple of friends down to see the museum, we all found it fascinating. The folks who gave the tour were VERY knowledgeable. Id like to go back to walk up the street to see some other houses that were mentioned. It will have to be a little warmer though.

Tammy U

5/10/2019

After all these of coming to visit my parents I FINALLY made it. Well worth the wait!!! The museum is very old but they maintain it BEAUTIFULLY. Very clean and set up nicely. The staff is friendly, welcoming and they explain everything. Our tour guide was WONDERFUL, well informed, enthusiastic, & fun!!! She had us laughing, singing & dancing with complete strangers. I suck with names but we were on the 1 p.m. tour today. She made our experience memorable. My mom isn't usually into things like this but she left happy & smiling. She was still talking about it once we got home. Can't wait to come bk with my husband on my next visit

Kazmo G

5/10/2019

Oh it was an amazing experience! It was great to learn the history of Motown music step by step. Very experienced tour guide tells you very interesting behind-the-scenes stories. More and more you become convinced that without Motown music, there would not have been Beatles or Rolling Stones. Then finally you get to see the famous studio one. That legendary piano that can still be heard on all the Motown hits. Just visiting Motown museum alone made my Detroit trip worthwhile. I highly recommend it.

Ryan C

5/10/2019

I could type about this all day. So to just sum it up. GO TO THIS PLACE. If you have any appreciate for this era of music it is a MUST visit. It is truly electrifying to be in a place with such rich history. Go!

Innis H

5/10/2019

We really enjoyed this tour and the video was fabulous! Our tour guide Carolyn was knowledgeable and fun. It was really awesome to stand in the same rooms where these famous Motown artists made their hits! Sweet music! There was music everywhere! Our tour guide, Tanisha (I think that’s her name) was fabulous! Interesting stories and memorabilia. A must see!!!

James G

6/11/2019

Better than I expected. The tour lasted about an hour and 15 minutes. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

You really get a feel for how it was back when Mr Gordy decided to make this happen. It was also very cool being in the original studio where most of the artists actually recorded.

Well worth the visit!

Michigan d

6/11/2019

Another awesome place to visit to learn about our music history. There were a lot of great artist that recorded music there from Stevie Wonder to Temptations to Aretha Franklin and a lot more. While I was there I was thinking that it's kind of cool to think that I'm walking on the same floors and touched the same walls that these great music artist walked on and touched. So that's why I'm giving it a 5-star all the way!

Gabrielle P

6/11/2019

Lived here my whole life, listened to Motown music my whole life. This was an amazing experience. Surreal, truthfully. Wish we had a little bit more time to look and read everything but hands down best experience as a Motown girl. ❤

Wallace H

7/12/2019

Awesome museum and experience. Recommend booking in advance and getting tickets online as the museum tours quickly sell out. Photography and video are not allowed in most areas. But everything is well preserved for viewing and they have a nice, small gift shop. Excellent way to see and experience a bit of Motown's roots and the legacy of Berry Gordy.

Jevon M

7/12/2019

Our tour guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable, funny and entertaining. Some of the rooms have (more or less) "stayed the same since 1972." A memorable time in the birthplace of the Motown sound!

I loved my time and would do it again in a heartbeat. A few things: I do wish the gift shop was bigger or had a larger selection of items, namely music. The waiting area is small. Tours sell-out quickly, so be sure to book in advance online if you can. The tour itself seemed to go by so quickly... It's really just the 2 homes so it makes sense, but it would be nice to have even more time to soak-in the atmosphere or read-up on more of the history via the various placards there.

Sally B

7/12/2019

We were in Detroit visiting family and always try to find fun things to do. This time we chose this museum. Our family from Detroit had never been there either. We all had a good time and had a great tour guide. It was amazing to stand in the actual studio where so many music icons recorded so many hit songs. This was one of the best things we have done over the years when we have been on Detroit.

Matthew S.

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5/24/2018

I'd heard about this Museum a few times before and I was interested in going since it's a pretty Detroit specific museum. As a bit of advice they only do...read this and 226 more

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