Motown Historical Museum
2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, Michigan 48208; Tel. +1 313.875.2264
In a small corner of Detroit rests a rather ordinary and unimposing home on Grand Boulevard, it's only defining features being a large front window and the name "Hitsville, USA" scrawled on a sign above.
This unassuming building was the first home to Berry Gordy's Motown Records, established in 1959, a recording label that started a revolution in the music industry, became the largest independent record label in the world and influenced global popular culture in ways that are still apparent today. In homage to the achievements of Motown Records, its original home has been converted into the Motown Historical Museum and is now one of Detroit's most unique attractions.
The heart of the Motown Historical Museum is its gallery, which is a cornucopia of Motown memorabilia and contains everything from the original stage costumes of several Motown artists to sheet music and photographs. But Motown Historical Museum is more than just a few two dimensional displays. Studio A, the original recording studio where artists like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Supremes, the Jackson Five and many others first set needle to vinyl (or magnet to tape in later years), has been faithfully restored and can be toured by all visitors.
Of particular interest is the Echo Chamber where music enthusiasts can create their own reverberations on the first reverb device. Also open is the control room where technicians pioneered many of the techniques that became part of Motown's marvelous signature sound.
Motown Historical Museum Visitor Information
Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm in the summer (July through August); Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm all other months. Adults, $10; Seniors and Children (12 and under), $8. Motown Historical Museum tours are available at regular intervals during normal operating hours.