Downtown Museums and Galleries

Establishment neighborhood
Library Street Collective
1260 Library St., Downtown
Library Street Collective has taken a major role in bringing internationally known artists (particularly street artists) to the city, representing the likes of Shepard Fairey, Ryan McGinness, and How & Nosm. Recently, they've paired up with a local real estate firm, Bedrock, for public art projects like the Z, a parking garage filled with murals that create a museum best experienced from behind the wheel of a vehicle. They're also behind The BELT, a redeveloped alley in the former garment district where Library Street hosts rotating outdoor exhibitions.
Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Ave., Downtown
Found in 1885 and with more than 600,000 square feet of space right across from the public library, the Detroit Institute of Arts is one of the city's most valuable treasures. The city famously considered selling off some of the collection during the bankruptcy in 2014, to great uproar; it was saved thanks to an $800 million-dollar campaign called "the grand bargain," which rescued many notable works by incorporating the museum under an independent charitable trust. The Beaux Arts building is a work of art in its own right, but you'll also find permanent exhibitions of American and European art, plus a GM-sponsored center for African American art, and rotating temporary exhibitions of photography and installations. Have lunch at Kresge Court, a cute little coffee shop in the middle that makes for a great resting point if you're hoping to cover a lot of ground.
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