While many of the factories may have closed, art installations have blossomed, and your trip to Detroit should include at least some of the latest in modern art. The best can be seen at the Museum of Contemporary Art, formerly a car dealership and now a space where young artists can express themselves through painting, sculpture and installations. Expect to be surprised. The Detroit Institute of Arts is also a very popular destination, and is home to over 65,000 works of art.
Entire neighbourhoods have been turned over to the artists of Detroit, and one of the most iconic is the Heidelberg Project, where you’ll find polka-dot covered streets, technicoloured houses and sculptures right in people’s front yards. This is living art, and is a symbol of Detroit’s regeneration.
A trip on the city’s ‘People Mover’ monorail is just three miles long, but it will give you an interesting perspective on the city. To discover Detroit’s roots, head to the Model T Automotive Heritage complex, or for a journey through the musical influence of Berry Gordy’s legendary record label, check out the Motown Historical Museum, where you can learn about the history of the Motown Sound during the 1960s. Several artists recorded their hit albums here, and it is still open today for tours.