Posted by: RasmaSandra | September 13, 2019

Interesting Detroit

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Detroit is the largest city in the state of Michigan. It has a lot to offer tourists and is known for being nicknamed “Motor City” when the auto industry ruled the city. It is also known to be the birthplace of Motown Records which brought many popular artists to the public’s attention and great music for all to enjoy.

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The Detroit Institute of Arts has a permanent collection that includes over 65,000 artworks displayed in more than 100 galleries. You can see artwork from Africa, Oceania, and from the Indigenous Americans. You’ll also find displays of art from the Near East, medieval Europe, and American artwork. There is an extensive collection of Islamic art and a gallery that is dedicated to African American art. Among other exhibits, there is a performing arts collection with film and theater memorabilia and the Paul McPharlin Puppetry Collection.

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The Motown Museum is also referred to as “Hitsville USA” and has made its home in the studio where the actual hits with the Motown sound were produced. Visitors can see the actual recording studio where artists like Marvin Gaye recorded their hits. Reserved tours are available.

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The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is the birthplace of the Model T car that revolutionized the automotive industry. This building is now a National Historic Landmark. You can tour the plant and see wonderfully maintained early model vehicles. There is also the “experimental room”  where Ford and his team worked on various ideas and includes a drafting table, tools, and his mom’s rocking chair.

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The Detroit Historical Museum celebrates the city’s past, about how it got its nickname of Motor City and became the center of the automotive industry. There are exhibits of the reconstruction of old Detroit streets, model railways, and dioramas providing an overview of the city and the events that shaped it.

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Henry Ford Estate is located in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn. Fair Lane is the former home of the automaker Henry Ford and his family. The grounds include a powerhouse hydropower plant that gave the estate the possibility to produce its own power, heat, and light. There are also a summer home, a man-made lake, staff cottages, gatehouse, pony barn, skating house, greenhouse, root cellar, vegetable garden, peony garden, a “Santa’s workshop”, and 500 hundred birdhouses.

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The Henry Ford Museum is also located in Dearborn where Ford established two exhibition complexes. There are many interesting displays among them George Stephenson’s first steam locomotive, some 200 automobiles, the car in which President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and the Fokker in which Admiral Byrd made his first flight over the North Pole in 1926.

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Greenfield Village is an open-air museum with about 100 historic buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries from all over the U.S. There is also the house in which Henry Ford was born, Edison’s laboratory, and the Wright Brothers’ bicycle factory. Shops in the Village Craft Center sell the products of the various workshops in the village.

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Fort Wayne is a five-pointed bastion fortress that was built in the 1840s. Visitors enter through the Sally Port which is a fortified wooden door. Inside the fort, you’ll find the large limestone barracks building and you can tour the first floor to see how soldiers live here in the 1860s. There are restored officer’s quarters, the Demilune, that once held the water-facing cannons, and a dry moat., All through the summer there are various events, special tours among them nighttime ghost tours.

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Belle Isle is an island in the Detroit River with lovely parkland, hiking trails, and sports facilities.

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Here you’ll find the Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory with palm, cacti, desert plant, tropical plant, and a lily pond.

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The island is also home to the Dossin Great Lake Museum with ship models and exhibits that tell about the history of shipping on the Great Lakes and the Great Lake’s cruises.

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There is also the Belle Isle Nature Zoo where you can feed deer

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and the Belle Isle Aquarium. You’ll also find a driving range, bicycle and boat rentals, a giant slide, hiking trails around the park’s three lakes and plenty of swimming holes.

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Comerica Park is a combination ballpark, theme park, and baseball museum. It is famous for being the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. You can see highlights of the teams’ accomplishments and milestones and their “Walk of Fame”.

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Behind the first base, you can take a ride on the carousel and in the third-base section is a Ferris Wheel with seats the resemble giant baseballs.

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GM Renaissance Center is located along the Detroit River with huge skyscraper complexes which dominate the center which is the central feature on the Detroit skyline. This is a seven-tower complex that includes restaurants and shops. There is an observation deck on the 72nd floor with great views of the city. The most popular attraction is the GM showroom which displays vehicles among them mint-condition early cars and trucks.

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Pewabic Pottery was founded by Mary Chase Perry Stratton and her partner, Horace Caulkins in 1903. Today it operates the ceramics museum, gallery workshop, and studio. The studio is a National Historic Landmark has an extensive collection of American ceramics. At the gift shop, visitors can purchase genuine Pewabic pottery and Michigan and Detroit souvenir pieces.

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The Detroit Public Library has a collection that includes 5,000 books. It has ten departments in the main library and has 23 branches. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Visitors can take a one-hour docent-led tour of the building and find out about the architecture, art, and history of the library.

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The Masonic Temple of Detroit is a classical Gothic architecture that was built with Indiana limestone. It was dedicated in 1926 and is the largest temple of its kind in the world. The building’s three major divisions are the ritualistic tower, the auditorium, and the Shrine Club. The temple hosts concerts and other events. Visitors can get a tour.

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The Detroit Zoo has animals in various habitats that represent all different parts of the world. There are African animals like zebras, giraffes, lions, lemurs, and several primates.

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At the arctic you’ll meet polar bears., The Australian Outback has kangaroos and wallabies. In Asia, there are pandas and Amur tigers. At the North American habitat, there are bears, wolverines, and bald eagles. You can see the whole zoo riding the miniature  Tauber Family Railroad.

 

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