Top Choice Museum in Detroit

Detroit Institute of Arts

The cream of the museum crop. The centerpiece is Diego Rivera's mural Detroit Industry, which fills an entire room and reflects the city's blue-collar labor history. Beyond it are Picassos, suits of armor, mod Afric…
Top Choice Market in Detroit

Eastern Market

Produce, cheese, spice and flower vendors fill the large halls on Saturday, but you also can turn up Monday through Friday to browse the specialty shops (props to the peanut roaster) and cafes that flank the halls o…
Zoologic in Detroit

Detroit Zoo

The Arctic Ring of Life at the Detroit Zoo is the world's largest polar exhibit. It includes first-rate displays on Inuit culture and a 'polar bear tube, ' where the huge white creatures swim overhead. It's located …
Public Art in Detroit

Heidelberg Project

Polka-dotted streets, houses covered in Technicolor paint blobs, strange sculptures in yards – this is no acid trip, but rather a block-spanning art installation. It's the brainchild of street artist Tyree Guyton, w…
Museum in Detroit

Motown Historical Museum

In this row of modest houses Berry Gordy launched Motown Records – and the careers of Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson – with an $800 loan in 1959. Gordy and Motown split for Los Angeles in…
Museum in Detroit

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit

MOCAD is set in an abandoned, graffiti-slathered auto dealership. Heat lamps hang from the ceiling over peculiar exhibits that change every few months. Music and literary events take place regularly. The on-site caf…
Museum in Detroit

Wright Museum of African American History

It holds less than it appears to from the impressive exterior, though it's worth a look inside. The full-scale model of slaves chained up on a dark, creaking slave ship will leave you chilled.
Museum in Detroit

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Henry Ford cranked out the first Model T in this landmark factory. Admission includes a detailed tour by enthusiastic docents, plus loads of shiny vehicles from 1904 onward. It's about 1 mile northeast of the Detroi…
Plaza in Detroit

Campus Martius

It's another communal hot spot downtown, with an outdoor ice rink in winter, and eating areas, concerts and films in summer.
in Detroit


Busy Greektown has restaurants, bakeries and a casino. Early each day, the large halls at the Eastern Market fill with a melting pot of bartering shoppers and vendors. Specialty shops, delis and restaurants surround…