The Motown Museum in Detroit was established in 1985 by Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Berry Gordy, the founder of the Motown Record Company. The museum is committed to the preservation of the entrepreneurial legacy and music of Motown as well as to the inspiration and education of visitors through lessons on the power of creativity and vision. After its inception, the museum quickly became one of southeast Michigan's most popular tourist sites and today continues to attract guests from across the globe.
Visitors to the Motown Museum have the chance to step back in time into the era of jazz as they explore the birthplace of the Motown Sound, Hitsville U.S.A., and stand where The Supremes, The Miracles, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and many more Motown musicians and artists recorded their famous songs. Guests can find out how Berry Gordy succeeded, after starting out with no more than $800 he borrowed from his family. They can also sing a few lines of a well-known Motown song in the legendary Studio A.
The gallery of the Motown Museum provides guests with an opportunity to look behind the curtain to discover more information about the story of Motown as well as the musicians, artists, producers, arrangers, and writers who turned memories into 45[LD1] rpm discs. Lining the walls of the gallery are rare photos that capture Motown's greatest on tour, at play, and at work. Some of the promotional items and examples of Motown style on display include the high style "uniforms" of Motown artists. Visitors can stand under the famous "Echo Chamber" and clap their hands as they sing a few lines of a favorite Motown song. The story of how the entrepreneurial spirit of the Gordy family inspired and supported Berry Gordy’s dream of a successful record company is also told within the gallery.
Groups are always welcome at the Motown Museum. It's a great place to bring family, school groups, church groups, clubs, conventioneers, or out-of-town conference attendees. The museum offers something for visitors of all kinds of interest, from entrepreneurs and music lovers to aspiring musicians and singers. The Motown Experience Tours, led by knowledgeable and trained guides, tell the tale of the beginnings of Motown Records and how famous singers and musicians rose to international fame from obscurity, based on perseverance, talent, and bit of luck. Tour participants will get to see the restored apartment that Berry Gordy, Jr. called home during Motown's early years, along with the legendary Studio A, where the Motown Sound was born.
The Motown Museum provides an authentic presentation of how things were during Motown's early years, offering a memorable glimpse into the history of the genre as well as of the famous record company and the lives of those who made everything happen. Visitors will feel like they've stepped back in time, whether they are exploring the original control room, where prolific music producers guided recordings of the most famous Motown songs, the famous Studio A, where some of the great artists of the time recorded their hit songs, or Berry Gordy's restored apartment.
2648 West Grand Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48208, Phone: 313-875-2264