Detroit Institute of Arts

Are you planning a trip to Detroit, Michigan and want to spend some time at the Detroit Institute of Arts? Listed as one of the top ten art museums in the United States the Detroit Institute of Arts is well worth the visit and has something for everyone.

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Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. With over 100 galleries, it covers 658,000 square feet with a major renovation and expansion project completed in 2007 that added 58,000 square feet

Some people love art museums and can appreciate the artists, sculptures, techniques and styles. Then there are other visitors who really want to understand art but need a little help. The Art Institute of Detroit makes it easy for each person to enjoy their visit no matter their levels of understanding.

Located throughout the exhibits, there are small signs that give you something to look for in that gallery. You can play “Eye Spy” as you visit the museum.

Some art museums have room after room of exhibits that all look the same. But the Detroit Institute of Arts uses architecture that matches the style of the art. Each section of the museum was designed to complement the art it housed, with modern spaces for contemporary art and grand halls for Renaissance masterpieces. The different rooms had their own unique character.

The Diego Rivera murals are a definite must-see. These larger than life murals have attention to detail and vibrant colors that capture the stories of the Mexican people with power and emotion.

At the front of the Art Institute is the classic Rodin Thinker. You might recognize the work of Rodin as one in front of the Speed Art Museum or at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.

Don’t miss the works of the masters like Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt, Cézanne and more.

Visiting an art museum can be a daunting experience if you have never gone but we have been taking our kids to art museums for years and have some real life tips for you.

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