40455 Ann Arbor Rd.
Plymouth, MI 48170
Phone: (734) 455-8100
Fax: (734) 455-5711
Arts & Museums
The Plymouth Historical Museum opened its doors to public in 1976. Located in downtown Plymouth, the museum chronicles the history of the town, highlighting its industrial progress and growth in the Victorian era and how it has molded present-day Plymouth. Featuring many interesting exhibits that include a recreation of the Main Street in the 19th Century and the famous Lincoln collection, which is said to be one of the largest Lincoln collections in the country, the museum makes for a great visit. The facility is spread over 26000 square feet (2415 square meters) land, also features a museum store, meeting area, a library and archives. Also worth mentioning is the 37A size, giant shoe of the Guinness Record Holder, Robert Wadlow who towered 8.9 feet (2.72 meters).
Located on Plymouth Road is a privately owned Italian American Historical Artistic Museum that displays works of Silvio Luigi Barile, a World War II survivor. Filled with sculptures and statues that Barile has painstakingly made himself, the museum is located right behind his bakery. Featuring a lot of artwork inspired by Silvio's Italian heritage, it makes for an interesting visit.
If you like things that zoom, this is worth the trip to Novi. Located in the Novi Expo Center, this museum has a fascinating collection of race vehicles. The Hall of Fame has several motor sports categories including air racing, motorcycling, boating and various car racing areas. Driving simulators and other games, slot cars and racing videos are part of the experience of total immersion in racing. It's a unique museum in that it covers so many types of racing vehicles.
Established in 1981, the Yankee Air Museum is a cool place to visit. Unfortunately, a fire in 2007 burned most of the original collection and eight planes that were on display here. However, after six years, they opened their doors to public again with more colorful displays and artifacts. If you're lucky you may be able to ride in one of the vintage World War II bombers! At an admission price of $5, Yankee Air Museum makes for an interesting visit.
Located in Dearborn, this academy dedicated to all things glass is just a few miles from Detroit off of Highway 12. Founded by artists Michelle Plucinsky and Chris Nordin, the academy strives to promote and educate on the art of glass blowing. Various programs and courses on this unique art are offered throughout the year, as well as a variety of workshops and events. A one-of-a-kind attraction, find out more about this fragile medium by paying a visit to the academy.
The Romulus Historical Museum and Park are great places to go if you need a place to repose. There is an on-site gazebo and sitting areas located throughout the property. The growing museum's main goal is to preserve the local history and always welcomes any contributions from the community, be they artifacts or donations.
Founded in 1984, the Holocaust Memorial Center was the first institution in the United States to offer exhibits about the Nazi extermination of six million Jews in Europe during World War II. It's an eye-opening and breathtaking museum, offering a wide range of information and raising important questions about history. True to their slogan they are illuminating the past and enlightening the future.
The Hall of Fame is the automobile industry's own monument to its pioneers, innovators and captains. It was located in Midland, Michigan, until this 25,000-square-foot building was built adjacent to Greenfield Village in 1997. A 65-foot-long, 12-foot-high mural by artist and former car designer John Gable illustrates the history of the motor vehicle. Interactive exhibits and historical information abound throughout the Hall, with biographies of the more than 150 inductees. A package admission can be purchased to include the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village.
Located in Dearborn, the Henry Ford Museum showcases the fascinating history of American innovation. You'll find a 1909 Ford Model T on display, as well as the bus that Rosa Parks made a stand on in 1955. See a kitchen from the 1930s, a locomotive, and the chair in which Abraham Lincoln was sitting when he was assassinated. The range of items in the museum is wide, featuring interesting pieces relating to manufacturing, transportation, entertainment, and technology.
Get a feel for American life in a different era at Greenfield Village. This village showcases everyday activities of citizens living in the 18th and 19th centuries. On a visit here, you'll find demonstrations of typesetting, blacksmithing, and glass blowing. Visit Thomas Edison's Menlo Park workshop in this village, as well as other historic homes relocated from across the country. There's a working farm in the village and you can watch baseball games played with the rules from the 1860s.
Established in 1995, this grass-roots music museum opened on the northwest side of Detroit, in the heart of gospel music country. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum pays tribute to national and local gospel artists. It also highlights the role the gospel tradition played in the development of Motown singers.The museum relies primarily on donations. The museum is open for tours by appointment only.
Founded by Marvin Yagoda, Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum features vintage mechanical games that Yogoda has been collecting since the 1960s. These coin-operated machines, oddities, and objects procured from fairgrounds and sideshows delight the visitor and some other machines are custom made and can be found only here. It is truly a fascinating place to spend some time (don't forget to bring quarters!); indeed, it made The World Almanac's top 100 list of strangest museums in the United States.