Detroit Art Museum: Arguably the Best Art Museum In the USA, Featuring Artist Giants, Degas and Van Gogh

Detroit Art Museum | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Did you know the Detroit Institute of Arts, also known as the DIA, features one of the largest art collections in the United States?

AND it's all housed in a jaw droppingly beautiful architectural marvel! 

SOUNDS AMAZING?  Then you need to visit the Detroit Institute of Arts!  

Chris and I decided to venture to the Detroit Institute of Arts to check out their famed exhibits, exquisite murals and stunning architecture. Here's what we discovered!

The exquisite murals are one of the highlights of the Detroit Art Museum.  They are two stories high and really pack an impact!

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
Pablo Picasso

Did You Know?

5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI  

  • The Detroit Institute of Arts' collection is among the top six museums in the United States with an encyclopedic collection which spans the globe from ancient Egyptian and European works to contemporary art.
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, features over 100 galleries! 

  • The museum covers 658,000 square feet with a major renovation and expansion project completed in 2007 that added 58,000 square feet.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”

So Many Things To See at the Detroit Art Museum!

There's mummies, ancient pottery, sculptures, stained glass and even a chapel from Chateau de Lannoy from 1522-1524!  You definitely don't want to miss that!!

Oh! And There's a Cafe!!

Did we fail to mention the Detroit Art Museum also has the fabulous indoor cafe?  Doesn't this place just make you want to curl up with a good book, a hot coffee and just hang out?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The beautiful brick, green shrubbery, comfy couches and lamps are just too much to resist! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

It almost has a Harry Potter feel, doesn't it? I just need my owl!

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Chris and I ventured to the Detroit Institute of Arts to check out their famed exhibits, exquisite murals and stunning architecture. We were definitely not disappointed! . Here's some stunning info: "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." . So, yeah, you need to go. I think we were there about 3 hours. You will be impressed! . . . #detroitinstituteofart #detroitinstituteofarts #detroitinsider #detroit #detroitart #detroitartmuseum #architecture #stunningarchitecture #wow #art #sculptures #chandelier #detroitisit #mondayinspiration #mondaymodivation #detroitarts #detroitartists #detroitlove #Michigan #puremichigan #greatlakesstate #travelingmichigan #michiganders #michiganartgallery #michiganart

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