Since its opening in 1959, Motown Records has garnered a legacy in the music industry incomparable to any other. The Motown Museum pays tribute to the legendary artists and songs created right in “Hitsville USA.” It houses original photographs, artifacts, and other music memorabilia from the earliest days of Motown, and allows for visitors to step inside the Studio A where many of the recording company’s biggest hits were recorded. You can stand in the exact spot where The Supremes first sang “Stop in the Name of Love,” and see original recording equipment from the 1960s.
There’s also the former flat of Motown founder Berry Gordy. His vision for Motown granted a voice to an otherwise limited African American music scene at the time. What started here in a Detroit apartment eventually grew to become the largest independent record company in the world. Songs produced at this spot are some of the most beloved in the history of music, and the museum preserves the studio’s history and legacy for generations to come.
Find the Motown Museum in downtown Detroit on West Grand Boulevard. The Dexter and Fenkell bus lines stop nearby, or it’s a short drive from the center of town. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm (closed Sunday and Monday,) the museum adds additional hours during the summer months. Admission is $15 from Friday to Sunday and $12 during the rest of the week, and $8 for children.