The Charles H Wright Museum of African American History is one of the most educationally and historically iconic in the city, the center holding the world’s largest permanent exhibit on African American culture. Located near Wayne Street University in the Detroit city cultural center, this 1965 founded museum displays very important information for guests of any age. Spend 2-3 hours here learning all about African American history and culture, particularly subjects such as the Middle Passage and Underground Railroad. It won’t be hard to find this massive museum, the spot adjacent to both the Detroit Institute of Arts and Michigan Science Center.
As the director of the museum Juanita Moore says, this is an ‘experience you won’t forget, and a history you’ll always remember’. The over 35,000 artifacts inside help ‘open minds and change lives’, each exhibit taking careful measure to explore and celebrate the African-American heritage, as well as various hardships throughout history. Save plenty of time to see the Blanch Cousin, Harriet Tubman, and Sheffield exhibits, as well as the 22,000 square foot interactive core to the museum called And Still We Rise. Guests also really love the Ford Rotunda, a 65-foot glass dome, as well as the Gen Meters 300+ seat theater and flag exhibit with over 92 different flags displayed. There are group tours available if you schedule at least two weeks in advance, the Trained Educators within these 45-minute programs providing excellent student-centered, integrated learning experiences. Note that while this facility does not have an onsite eatery, it does have an onsite cafe (Latimer) in which you may purchase vending machine refreshments or eat your own bagged lunch.