Arts & Culture

Catch a welcome case of culture shock.

From the birthplace of Motown to the world’s largest open art competition, arts and culture in Michigan run deep. Find world-class museums such as The Henry Ford and the Detroit Institute of Art, walk through an Upper Peninsula copper mine or learn about the Anishinabe Culture through the exhibits of the Ziibwing Center. The opportunities are endless to discover the traditions of Michigan.

Michigan’s reputation as a home to innovation extends to music with genres including early punk rock, Motown and techno music all getting their start in the state. There are plenty of opportunities to take in a symphony, touring national acts or intimate concert experiences– whatever your musical taste may be. Art also inspires across Michigan, whether you seek the classics or a modern twist served up at the Broad Art Museum the opportunities to observe and appreciate names like Van Gogh and Rodin as well as Wiley and Weiwei. Artists’ galleries offer a chance for a one-of-a-kind souvenir as well as up close encounters with Michigan artists.

Celebrate and explore Michigan’s historic sites – from the days when timber and copper were king to its rise as the automotive capital of the world – at cultural museums and landmarks found all throughout the state. These include battlegrounds, lighthouses, mansions and theaters all with the invitation to see where the past and the present collide and history comes alive. Michigan is also home to some famous locations caught on film, including the classic Somewhere in Time Island and the superhero adventure Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. You can see our cosmopolitan cities and pastoral scenery on the screen – and, of course, visit them during your trip.

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