The DIA has something offer everyone.
The DIA has something offer everyone.
All I can remember from my trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts as a little girl is being bored. I was being led around the place by teachers who were trying to drive home points about artists I barely knew. But a recent trip left me feeling like the museum is really reaching out to us and making the experience fantastic for individuals, families and even children.

I went a few weekends ago as part of a photowalk organized by Photowalks Detroit. I thought that this would be an interesting photowalk considering we were essentially going to be taking pictures of pictures. But it was so much more than that. There was children’s art, interesting tidbits along the way, games and even an interactive pad that can be used in the Rivera Court where the famous Detroit Industry mural fills the room. Visitors can check out audio devices and follow along with the cues in the building.

And there is just so much art! Not just paintings either. There are sculptures, pottery, armor, replica houses (yes, in the building). The museum is often holding special events, and also houses the Detroit Film Theatre. If you check out the DIA website, there is a list of all kinds of upcoming events, including family events, that might relate to your child, or even you! It offers so much more than I expected.

The Detroit Institute of Arts is located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit. It is open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The museum is closed on Monday and Tuesday. For more information, visit the Detroit Institute of Arts website.

Here are some pictures of what I experienced at the DIA.


Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures (unless the area you are in say NO PHOTOS)! If you create a FREE Animoto slideshow with them and submit the link to our contest page, you can be entered to win an Animoto Plus subscription.

Detroit Mommies Expert Contributor
Courtney is the traveling mom! She has 3 girls and is the founder of Detroit Mommies and currently lives in Florida. You can follow her on Twitter @courtneyRVL.
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