Home to a vast collection of music history memorabilia, album covers, gold records, and photographs – The Motown Museum is not to be missed. Considered one of the most popular attractions in southeast Michigan, this museum is on the original site of one of the 20th century’s most influential music industry institutions.
Motown Records was established in 1959 by Berry Gordy, who is credited with discovering acts like the Miracles, the Marvelettes, the Temptations and the Supremes – and recording a number of their hit Motown music songs at this location.
Be prepared to sing along as you take a guided tour through the rooms, now frozen in time!
Learn about the record label’s founder and leader. Gordy helped train and polish the artists who walked in through the doors of the building later nicknamed “Hitsville U.S.A.” because of the number of top 10 hits recorded there. Motown Records was involved in creating over 180 number one hit songs worldwide. The lasting legacy of Motown Sound, is music that touched (and continues to touch) listeners of all ages and backgrounds around the world.
The grounds include access to the famous Studio A – which still holds many original instruments and equipment dating from 1959 to 1972.
Diana Ross and the Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Lionel Richie and the Commodores, and even Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 – all were at one point or another present in those same rooms.
The museum boasts a collection of the famous outfits (or high-style “uniforms”) that entertainers wore; often impeccable matching suits or custom-designed sequin dresses. There’s also on display a jeweled glove and black fedora that Michael Jackson himself donated to the museum, after being impressed with their collection during his own visit.
The Motown Museum (2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit MI) itself as founded by Esther Gordy Edwards, Berry Gordy’s sister, in 1985, a few years after Motown headquarters moved to LA (in 1972). People from all over came to see the place (including its renowned Studio A), was where many artists had recorded hits over the years; including The Supremes’ “Stop in the Name of Love,” and the Temptations’ “Do You Love Me? (Now that I Can Dance).”
In 1987, the museum was declared a Historic Site by the State of Michigan, and In 1995, it was renovated; a gallery was added, and the upper flat where at one point Berry Gordy lived with his family, was restored and opened to the public.
Definitely a must-visit for music fans, American history buffs, or anyone looking for an inspiring and engaging time in the Detroit area.
Check out the museum’s website, for more details.
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