Detroit is home to some of the world’s best art and architecture. And although you won’t be able to see all of it in one day, here are a few areas to visit:
Detroit Institute of Arts is a must-see for any art lover. The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States and includes more than 65,000 works of art. Worth noting are Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s “Detroit Industry” fresco and Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait” – the first Van Gogh painting in a U.S. museum. To get to the DIA, take the QLINE on Woodward Avenue.
Downtown Detroit is home to the Guardian Building, a 40-floor art deco skyscraper famous for its orange brick exterior. Nearby, the Penobscot Building, known for its limestone carvings, was the fourth-tallest building in the United States when it opened in 1928. After exploring the area, walk by the Detroit Athletic Club, an Albert Khan building that is home to one of the country’s top private clubs.
The Midtown and New Center areas are a treasure trove of architecture. Visit one of Albert Kahn’s masterpieces, the Fisher Building, an art deco building that opened in 1928. In nearby Midtown, Wayne State University is known for its four Minoru Yamasaki buildings. Both areas are accessible via the QLINE.