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Arguably one of the city's foremost cultural destinations, the Detroit Institute of Arts dates back to 1885, but the beaux-arts building (referred to as the "temple of art")  that it now resides in opened in 1927. The institute is huge, comprising more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium and a 380-seat lecture hall. And its permanent collection is extensive: On its walls are Diego Rivera's "Detroit Industry" fresco and Vincent Van Gogh's "Self Portrait" painting, among other works. The institute also hosts events like Friday Night Live! concerts and Art + Authors book discussions.

For many visitors, a visit to the DIA was a highlight of their Detroit trip, with some calling it a "national gem." Though many were initially drawn because of the museum's Diego Rivera collection, reviewers said they were satisfied with every part of the DIA, especially the temporary exhibits. Visitors also praised the staff, which they said were friendly and helpful.

This Midtown museum is on Woodward Avenue and neighbors the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays. Free guided tours are available Tuesday through Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.; tours meet in the Farnsworth Lobby. Admission costs $12.50 for adults and $6 for kids between the age of 6 and 17. But keep in mind that you'll also need to pay for parking (it costs $7 per vehicle in the museum lot). In addition to the art, you'll also find two cafes on-site. For more information on purchasing tickets, visit the website

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#1 Detroit Institute of the Arts Arguably one of the city's foremost cultural destinations, the Detroit Institute of Arts dates back to 1885, but the beaux-arts building (referred to as the "temple of art ... Read more » Courtesy the Detroit Institute of Arts

#2 Motown Museum An entire genre  or at least sound  was born in the space of this small Detroit home. A blue and white sign, reading "Hitsville U.S.A," hangs above the ... Read more » Yelp Inc. / Flickr

#3 Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History This large museum, named for its founder Charles Wright, tells the story of the African American experience from the beginning of time to the presidency of Barack Obama. Opened in ... Read more » Girl.in.the.D / Flickr

#4 Eastern Market Eastern Market draws history geeks and foodies alike. Open since 1891, this 43-acre district (six blocks of which are devoted to the public market) is the largest historic public market ... Read more » Tamara / Flickr

#5 Comerica Park If you're not much of a baseball fan, this ballpark – home field for the Detroit Tigers – is for you. While diehard fans are glued to their seats in hopes ... Read more » mrkumm / Flickr

#6 Fox Theatre If you're in town for any amount of time, catching a performance at this National Historic Landmark is almost required. Events range from Broadway musicals to performances by big ... Read more » Gordon / Flickr

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You'll find this Diego Rivera mural, "Detroit Industry," inside the Detroit Institute of ArtsIt's considered the finest example of Mexican mural art in the United States. Courtesy the Detroit Institute of Arts

An entire genre  or at least sound  was born in the space of this small Detroit home Yelp Inc. / Flickr

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Detroit's Guardian Building may not look like much from the outside, but step inside and you'll find an elegant interior that reflects the city's past prosperity.  Angelo Mercado / Flickr

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