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Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI

Phone: 313 833 7900 - Tty: (313) 833 - 1454 -

Statement of Purpose

The Detroit Institute of Arts, as the preeminent art museum in Michigan, exists to serve a wide variety of audiences as we celebrate the diversity and richness of arts and culture from all times and places throughout the world.

We will increase the appreciation and understanding of works of art in our permanent collection by broadening out outreach to a culturally diverse community, enriching our visitors' experience, and emphasizing our education role for students of all ages.

Highlights & Collections

The Detroit Institute of Arts, with more than one billion dollars in art and facilities, is the fifth largest fine arts museum in the country, as well as the largest municipally owned museum in the country. The Detroit Institute of Arts possesses an encyclopedic collection, with a multi-cultural, multi-national scope that surveys creative endeavors from prehistory through the 20 th century.

Among its renowned works are French Impressionist, German Expressionist, American and Flemish paintings, Italian, African, Asian, Native American, Egyptian and 20 th-century art, and Diego Rivera's finest fresco-Detroit Industry-in the museum's central courtyard.

About the Collection

The collection exceeds 55,000 items, including art from Africa, Oceanic and New World Cultures; Ancient Art; American Art; European Paintings; Asian Art; European Sculpture and Decorative Art; 20 th-Century Art; and Graphic Arts.

Ranked fifth largest among the nation's fine arts museums, the DIA's holdings survey art of world cultures from ancient to modern times. Among its renowned works are French Impressionists, German Expressionist, American and Flemish paintings, Italian, African, Asian, Native American, Egyptian and 20th-Century art, and Diego Rivera's finest fresco -- Detroit Industry -- in the museum's central courtyard.

Exhibits & Special Events

Over the years the Detroit Institute of Arts has taken an increasingly prominent role in organizing special exhibitions that have achieved international acclaim:

The museum also has hosted international exhibitions of extraordinary importance:

Recent exhibitions include

Presently opening

An extensive representation of the collection can be seen on the museum website:


W-F: 11-4; SS: 11-5.

Admission & Directions:


From I-94, exit Woodward/John R, south three blocks. From I-75, exit Warren, west five blocks to Woodward and north one block. Park in underground garage (Farnsworth at Woodward); some parking available in unpaved lot east of museum on Frederick Douglass between John R and Brush.

Key Personnel:

Maurice Parrish, Interim Director
William H. Peck, Curator of Ancient Art.

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