Get your day humming by opening the doors at the Motown Museum. Learn how Berry Gordy Jr. turned an $800 loan from his family into a music empire with global impact. Walk the halls where Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Jackson 5 cut their chops. Before you leave, you better shop around (sing it, Smokey) for a Motown record magnet or mug at Shop Around, the museum gift store.
Before there was Motown, there was United Sound Systems Recording Studios, less than two miles away in Midtown. United was the first independent and full-service major recording studio in the nation, with the likes of Charlie Parker, Anita Baker and Miles Davis putting tunes to tape here. United reopened in 2014 as a museum and working production facility. Call ahead for tour availability.