Motown Museum Hitsville USA: Stand Where the Temptations, Jackson 5 and the Supremes Recorded Their Hit Songs


Motown Museum Hitsville USA | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Detroit Michigan is home to stunning museums, architectural marvels, cutting edge restaurants, casinos and theaters.  Revitalization projects are in full swing and tourists are exploring the city like never before. 

See our main Detroit page for our full listing of fantastic things to see in Detroit all year round.


Just in the past 3 years, its breathtaking and thrilling to watch such powerful revitalization efforts happening all over the city and surrounding regions. 

See my article on Matador network about the city's massive efforts

In my opinion, Hitsville U.S.A. embodies Detroit’s history, love and triumph all in one inspiring locale.  The Motown Museum, founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is a destination for music lovers across America.

It is inspiring to learn how Berry Gordy began Motown Records Corporation in 1959 with just $800.

I think it’s very exciting to stand on hallowed ground in Studio A (and see the original instruments and equipment) where artists like the Supremes sang their famous song, “Stop in the Name of Love,” and other greats like the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Miracles and Marvelettes recorded their songs.  

No other record company in history created such an influence on popular music and culture with more than 180 No. 1 hit songs worldwide.


Per the Motown Museum: "Berry Gordy believed in turning negatives into positives. He always learned from all his experiences and applied them to his business. The tedious time he spent working on the assembly line at Detroit’s Lincoln-Mercury automobile plant he put to good use:

“Every day I watched how a bare metal frame, rolling down the line would come off the other end, a spanking brand new car. What a great idea! Maybe, I could do the same thing with my music. Create a place where a kid off the street could walk in one door, an unknown, go through a process, and come out another door, a star.”

That little thought that came to him while running up and down that assembly line became a reality we now know as “Motown.”


Motown Museum Hitsville USA Expands!


Since the Motown Museum Hitsville USA is such a hit with visitors and music lovers, the museum decided it was time to expand. 

It recently began a 50,000 square foot project that includes interactive exhibits, performance theater, recording studios, gift shop and meeting spaces.

Robin Terry, Chairwoman and CEO of Motown Museum stated, “Our goal is to bring an expanded Motown Museum to the world, to inspire dreams and serve as an educational resource for global and local community.  This expanded facility will be an exhilarating national and international tourist destination.”

This exciting $50-million-dollar expansion is definitely a milestone moment for Detroit!


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