Motown Museum


After a Coney Dog and a couple local beers, I couldn’t wait to check out the Motown Museum where you can see the original recording studios and residence of Berry Gordy and Motown Records.

Motown Museum

Originally a photographers’ studio, it was purchased by Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1959. Motown’s first headquarters was nicknamed “Hitsville U.S.A.”

Detroit, Michigan

Tickets often sell out so I made sure to buy mine a week before I left. The guided tours are one hour and tickets are for a specific date and time.

"Hitsville U.S.A."
“Hitsville U.S.A.”
Historic Site

Studio A

The museum has an extensive array of Motown memorabilia, artifacts, and photographs.

The Supremes
Old School
Old School

Most of Motown’s hit records were recorded from 1959 to 1972. Hitsville USA and Studio A were open 24 hours a day. This was one busy control room.

Control Room

To conclude the wonderful tour, we got to step inside Studio A where Motown’s biggest artists recorded their popular hits. We stood in the exact spot where The Supremes first issued the command to “Stop in the Name of Love”. Very cool.

Studio A
Original Equipment

I loved this tour. Our guide was great and it was an entertaining experience. It’s easy to see why people from all over the world come to visit one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular attractions. Motown Museum is a must-see when you’re in Detroit. Tickets are first come, first served so be sure to reserve a spot ahead of time on their website.

The Man Who Built Motown
The Man Who Built Motown

In December, the museum announced that it will be undergoing a $50 million expansion growing the property to a 50,000 square foot world-class tourist destination with interactive and immersive entertainment experiences, a theater, and state-of-the-art exhibits. I’ll be back!

It was time to head back to the hotel and hang out for a bit before getting ready for my dinner at Parc.

Downtown Detroit
Downtown Detroit

Motown Museum
2648 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 875-2264

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