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Detroit Metro Attractions



底特律美术馆(Detroit Institute of Arts)

Interior of the DIA
图片来源: The New York Times

底特律美术馆(Detroit Institute of Arts)建立于1885年,属底特律市政府所有,自称美国第六大博物馆,2003年曾被评为美国第二大市属博物馆。馆内有100多个画廊,藏品包罗万象,陈列着来自世界各地的著名美术珍品,包括奥古斯特·罗丹的雕塑《思想者》、梵高《自画像》等注明艺术品。

地址: 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202-4094, United

 

 

福特博物馆The Henry Ford Museum

Carousel in Greenfield Village
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亨利·福特汽车博物馆(Henry FordMuseum) 1929年创建,位于美国密歇根州迪尔伯恩市,占地4.8万平方米,原先是大发明家爱迪生的研究所绿野村。这个美国最大的室内与室外历史博物馆,馆中共有一百多万件陈列品,两千六百万份文件,涉及工业革命、交通工具、发电机械、日用工具、美国人生活变迁,甚至家居摆设等等多个方面。它包含着六大主题:汽车及汽车工业的演变;为驾车人服务的路边商业及娱乐设施的发展;消遣性驾驶;汽车广告对文化的影响;汽车设计的美学影响;以及如何使你的汽车具有自己的风格。无论是最老式的水轮、无顶篷的汽车,还是首辆在月球上行驶的汽车,无不透露出入类改变自我、征服自然的勇气和能力。

在众多展品当中还有相当珍贵并且具有历史意义的珍藏品,例如约翰肯尼迪总统遇刺时乘坐的总统专车,被誉为“美国民权运动之母”的罗莎帕克斯拒绝让座的公交车,福特所生产的第1500万辆T型车,大胆创新却硕果仅存的原版Dymaxion房屋,世界上最大的蒸汽机车Allegheny等等。

地址: 20900 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, MI 48124-4088, United States

 

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House

Eleanor and Edsel Ford House
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You can take a guided tour of Edsel Ford (Henry Ford's only child) and Eleanor Ford's impressive mansion on the shore of Lake St. Clair in Grosse Pointe Shores. It was built in 1929, but looks and feels like a European country estate. In fact, Edsel Ford imported many of the stones and furnishings from England in order to make it resemble those homes. The guided tours of the estate bring you face to face with unusual features of the house, offering a window onto the interior life of the Ford family. Lectures on topics ranging from art, history and astronomy are often held at the Ford House, as well.

Address: 1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236

 

Meadow Brook Hall

Meadow Brook Hall is another lavish mansion constructed by the heir of an auto-industry executive. Matilda Dodge, widow of John Dodge (of Dodge car fame), built the hall between 1926 and 1929. It contains 110 rooms and expensive furnishings and artworks from the 1920's ("The Gilded Age"). Guided tours are offered.

Address: 480 South Adams Road in Rochester, MI 48309

 

Cranbrook Art Museum

Cranbrook Art Museum
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Cranbrook's collection surveys a wide range of 20th and 21st century art movements, including Art Deco, Arts & Crafts, Modernism, and Post-Modernism. It features work from artists like Eliel Saarinen and Duane Hanson. Temporary installations and exhibits display the work of emerging contemporary artists, including work from Cranbrook Academy of Art students. The museum highlights, too, the Academy's profound involvement in important contemporary art movements.

Address: 39221 Woodward Avenue, P.O. Box 801, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

 

Cranbrook Gardens

The 40-acre Cranbrook House and Gardens, Detroit's oldest English manor home, is open to the public via guided tours. You can see first-hand how Cranbrook's founders lived, as well as appreciate their unique vision of landscape design. The upper floors contain the administrative offices of Cranbrook Educational Community.

Address: 380 Lone Pine Road, P.O. Box 801 Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303-0801

 

克莱斯勒博物馆 (Walter P Chrysler Museum) 

1925年,沃尔特·P.克莱斯勒脱离通用汽车公司,自行创设克莱斯勒汽车公司。克莱斯勒博物馆分为地上两层和地下一层。其中第一层陈列的为最早期创新性的一些车型和技术;第二层的车型是年代稍近的一些藏车;地下收藏了许多性能车、纪念版车型和原来美国汽车公司(被克莱斯勒所收购)的一些古董车。

地址: One Chrysler Drive,  Auburn Hills, MI 48326-2778 USA

 

底特律动物园 (Detroit Zoo)

"Wild Lights" annual light display at the Detroit Zoo.
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底特律动物园位于美国密歇根州底特律的北部,于1883年首次开馆,1928年再次开馆,占地125英亩,是美国第一个大面积运用栅栏的动物园,为密歇根州最大的家庭旅游景点之一,每年吸引着110万游客的造访。底特律动物园为280多种,约3300多只动物提供了栖息地,这些动物来自世界的各个角落,组成了一大家庭供游客观赏。在企鹅馆游客可观赏到三种可爱的企鹅,即跳岩企鹅、马可罗尼企鹅(长冠企鹅)和国王企鹅,他们悠然的生活在这个环境优雅的公园中。

地址: 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067

 

Greektown

Greektown, located just northeast of Detroit's downtown, is the city's highest profile entertainment district. It is home to Greek restaurants, casinos and hotels (including the four-star Athenium Suite Hotel). In the first two decades of the 20th century, Greek immigrants - and before them, German immigrants - settled there and opened a variety of businesses. Now, only three strictly Greek restaurants remain, but many of the area's restaurants still serve Greek cuisine.

Address: Detroit, along Monroe Avenue between Brush and St. Antoine Streets.

 

Michigan Science Center

The mission of the Michigan Science Center is "to inspire curious minds of all ages to discover, explore and appreciate science, technology, engineering and math in a creative, dynamic learning environment." The Center features a planetarium, an IMAX Dome Theater, over 250 hands-on exhibits, lab activities and temporary exhibits. Planetarium show titles include "Our Place in Space," and "Stories in the Sky".

Address: 5020 John R St, Detroit, MI 48202

 

Campus Martius Park

Campus Martius Park
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Judge Augustus Woodward (1774-1827) envisioned this park as being the center of Detroit's downtown, commercial district. It is at the heart of a two square block zone that features the Compuware and Quicken Loans headquarters, as well as the landmark Penobscot Building. The park is the point of origin for all of the city's major avenues. In the winter it is home to majestic ice sculptures like the seven that are currently there. It also hosts seasonal events.

Address: 800 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226, at the intersection of Woodward and Michigan Avenues.

 

 

Mexicantown

This unique, lively southwest Detroit neighborhood first received Mexican immigrants in the 1940's. Subsequent waves of Mexican immigrants in the 1970's, 80's, 90's and during the first decade of the 21st century have reinforced the character of the place. The Detroit Free Press has named Mexicantown one of the city's model neighborhoods for the future of Detroit. Dining options in the area include El Barzón, a Mexican-Italian restaurant, as well as Mexican Town and Xochimilco, both Mexican restaurants. Every year the neighborhood hosts a colorful Cinco de Mayo parade and festival.

Xochimilco Detroit
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Address:  Fort Street on the southeast, and Rosa Parks Blvd. on the far east, border the neighborhood.  Major thoroughfares include Bagley Avenue and Vernor Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant
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You can take a tour of the factory where Henry Ford designed and built the famous Model T car, beginning in 1908. A nonprofit group, The Model T Automotive Heritage Complex, purchased the building in 2000 to prevent it from being demolished.

Address: 461 Piquette Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48202

 

 

 

 

GM Renaissance Center

The Renaissance Center encompasses seven interconnected skyscrapers owned by General Motors in downtown Detroit that serve as GM's world headquarters. One of its seven buildings, the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, is the tallest hotel in the Western hemisphere. The base of the "Ren Cen" - as it is called by Detroiters - features banks, retail stores, and restaurants. You can take a guided tour of the Ren Cen and attend any of the dozens of conferences held within the complex.

Address: Renaissance Center, 100 Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243

Comerica Park

Comerica Park is a combination ballpark, theme park, and baseball museum. A carousel, a ferris wheel, a huge water feature in center field and a museum of baseball history on the main concourse are some of the attractions. The park is most famous as the home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. Dining options include the Big Cat Food Court, which offers traditional stadium foods like elephant ears, pretzels, gyros, ice cream, lemonade, daiquiris and hot dogs, as well as the Brushfire Grill and the Tiger Den Lounge (available only to members of the Tiger Club).

Address: 2100 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-3470, United States

Henry Ford Estate

The Henry Ford Estate
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Located in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Fair Lane is the sprawling former residence of automaker Henry Ford and his wife Clara. The Fords settled into their new home in 1915 and lived there until their deaths in 1947 and 1950, respectively. The grounds of Fair Lane include a hydroelectric plant, which made the estate energy independent for heat and light.

The estate also included a summer house, man-made lake, staff cottages, gatehouse, horse barn, skating house, greenhouse, root cellar, vegetable garden, peony and gardens, a "Santa's workshop" and hundreds of birdhouses.

The property is in the process of restoration.

Address: 4901 Evergreen Rd., Dearborn, MI, 48128

Belle Isle

Belle Isle Conservatory Pond
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Belle Isle is an island park in the Detroit River, between the Canadian and U.S. shores. It is approximately 3 miles long and up to 1 mile wide, and features protected forests, hiking trails, and sports facilities.  Also on the island are a 1904 aquarium (still in use), a historic greenhouse (also still in use), a golf course, a zoo, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum, with numerous ship models and other exhibits illustrating the history of shipping on the Great Lakes. Belle Isle is also home to Detroit's only public beach.

 
 

The Motown Museum is a small shingle-clad building that was occupied from 1957 to 1972 by the Motown Records Corporation, which was behind The Temptations, The Supremes, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Visitors can see the actual recording studio where Marvin Gaye and others produced hit songs. The museum chronicles the history of the recording studio and its founder. Nowadays the non-profit organization Motown Museum maintains the space and offers guided tours.

Address: 2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208-1237, United States

Pewabic Pottery

Like the Cranbrook Art Museum, Pewabic Pottery represents Detroit's important role in contemporary artistic movements, especially Arts and Crafts. Iridescent glazes made at Pewabic Pottery are found in such prominent places as the Louvre Museum in Paris, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.

Mary Chase Stratton and her partner Horace James Caulkins opened Pewabic Pottery in 1903. The studio, operated by Stratton, continued until her death in 1961 and a few more years after that by her assistant. Today Pewabic Pottery operates the ceramics museum, gallery workshop and studio.

Address: 10125 East Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48214, United States

Detroit Historical Museum

Detroit Historical Museum
Photo credit: The Detroit Free Press

Built in 1951, the Detroit Historical Museum features a collection of 15,000+ artifacts related to the city, as well as changing exhibitions and guided tours.  It also features reconstructions of old Detroit streets, model railways, dioramas and periodic special exhibitions on the history of the city. Periodically, documentaries and other films are shown at the museum. This is a great museum to gain a general overview of the city and the events that shaped it.

Address: 5401 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202-4097, United States

 

Historic Fort Wayne

This major historical site was of strategic importance to several nations that occupied the Detroit region over the centuries. The Detroit Historical Society (which also operates the Detroit Historical Museum) has maintained the fort since 1949, but the fort received thousands of enlistees and draftees during the Korean and Vietnam Wars, where they were sworn in before being sent elsewhere.

Built in the 1840s, Fort Wayne includes the star-shaped fort, dry moat, tunnels, barracks, and garrison, an immense parade ground and the restored Commanding Officer's House. The fort hosts a number of events throughout the summer. Walking tours are offered at $5/tour.

Address: 6325 West Jefferson

Detroit Public Library

Detroit Public Library Main Branch
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The Detroit Public Library formally opened to the public on March 25, 1865. The initial collection included 5,000 books and was located in a room in the old Capitol High School. The library's main branch, on Woodward Avenue, opened on March 21, 1921. There are currently 10 departments within the main library and 23 branches. The majestic building itself is the main attraction and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cass Gilbert, the same architect who designed the Woolworth Building and the U.S. Supreme Court, designed the main branch of the Detroit Public Library. Guided tours (public and private) offer more insights into the dozens of hidden facets of the library's main branch.

Address: 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202-4093, United States

Masonic Temple of Detroit

The Masonic Temple of Detroit is classical Gothic architecture built with Indiana limestone. The temple was dedicated in 1926 and is the largest temple of its kind in the world. The building has three major divisions: the ritualistic tower, the auditorium, and the Shrine Club. The facility hosts major concerts and other events.

Aside from the amenities listed above, the Masonic Temple features three large theaters.

Address: 500 Temple Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201-2693, United States