Detroit's Fox Theatre#5 in Best Things To Do in Detroit
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 name recording artists like Tony Bennett and Ringo Starr, but what truly makes this venue special is its jaw-dropping interior. The walls are plastered in gold leaf and colorful paintings of animals, people, flowers and more; the seats are upholstered in plush red velvet and there's even a giant elephant head sculpture. If the description seems gaudy, rest assured that it's not: spectators agree that the Fox Theatre drips with a classic decadence.
Aside from its stunning architecture and impressively preserved fixtures, the theater also received praise from recent visitors for its quality acoustics and sightlines seen from around the theater.
Tickets vary depending on the performance and can be purchased on Ticketmaster. If you're not in town for a show, consider calling the theater to see if you can take a tour of its ornate interior. Parking ranges depending on which you lot you park in, but expect to pay between $10 and $15 (there are also several bus stops nearby, as well as a People Mover station). For more information on performances and tickets at the downtown Fox Theatre, check 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") 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.
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