Detroit Staycation 

Dabls Mbad African Bead Museum​ 

6559 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48208


16 years ago Olayami Dabls came to the corner of Grand River and West Grand Blvd with a vision to create a space for his community to understand the immense power of their African heritage. 

Occupying almost an entire city block, the Dabls Mbad African Bead Museum houses 18 outdoor installations as well as the African Bead Gallery, N'kisi House and African Language Wall. Born of his own visual cosmology, Dabls' MBAD African Bead Museum is a quiet revolution that sparks a vital conversation with global and local audiences.  


Learn more about this inspirational artist and check out a virtual tour at mbad.org



Detroit is full of insightful museums that will spark imagination, deepen understanding, create joy, provoke thought and leave you in awe. Though my research I was socked to learn now many museums there were in the city that I had never heard of. The arts and history are alive and thriving in the city. Want to see more listed. Let us know about!

Detroit Institute of Art​ admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48202


One of my favorite places to stroll through the 100+ galleries on a lazy day. The DIA has a renowned art collection and one of the greatest collections of American Art in the country. The museum is working with local and state officials, as well as, partnering with other museums across the world to keep serving the community safely. Currently the Cafe and Kresge Court are closed. Visit the DIA online for full details and updated hours of operation at  DIA.org


The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History​ adult tickets - $5

 315 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48201


In the fall of 2019 I took my first trip to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. This museum is designed to awe. It takes you on a journey beginning in Africa, coming across on a slave ship, through the unrest in the 60's and ends in modern day. It's an emotional journey and you will leave with a unique sadness for the past but a joy and excitement about the future and where we are going. 


The museum staff is doing a wonderful job about controlling the spread of Covid-19 and you will need to check out the visitors page before your visit for full details on making a reservation. 


More information and tickets can be found at thewright.org



MOCAD: ​MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART DETROIT suggested donation $5 per person

 4454 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI, 48201


Located on Woodward and Garfield between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Wayne State University and the College for Creative Studies, the museum is an innovative addition to Detroit’s vibrant Midtown neighborhood, and functions as a hub for the exploration of emerging ideas in the contemporary arts. The 22,000 square foot building, a former auto dealership, has been simply renovated to maintain its historic character. With its raw, flexible and cavernous spaces, the building is well suited to the exhibition of contemporary art. Our ambitious series of public programs includes lectures, musical performances, films, literary readings and educational activities for children.


More information on current exhibitions and hours can be found mocadetroit.org



Motown Museum​ adult tickets - $15

 2648 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48208


The original Motown Records has been converted into an interactive high energy guided museum through the history of Motown Records, Berry Gordy, and the musical icons that were created right here in Detroit. 


"As an irresistible force of social and cultural change, Berry Gordy’s legendary Motown made its mark not just on the music industry, but society at large, with a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. Diana Ross & the Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, the Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson & the Jackson 5, the Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Lionel Richie & the Commodores, Teena Marie, their music communicated and brought together a racially divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people of all ages and races." - MotownMuseum.org


More information and tickets can be found at MotownMuseum.org