7 Detroit Cultural Center sites say 'welcome back' Friday after 4-month forced break

July 09, 2020, 5:18 PM

Doors reopen Friday at four museums and three other Midtown attractions after being locked to the public since March. 

"We look forward to welcoming our members and the public back to the district," Wright Museum president and CEO Neil Barclay says in a news release.

The DIA, Michigan Science Center and Wright Museum of African American History are among sites tiptoeing back to semi-normalcy. All require masks and most have limited occupancy, shorter schedules and timed tickets. Some have free entry initially.

Other returnees are the Carr Center, Detroit Historical Museum, Hellenic Museum of Michigan and The Scarab Club.

"A small number of other arts and cultural institutions ... will have different reopening dates," says the release from Midtown Detroit, Inc. That category includes including the Detroit Public Library, International Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD).


Here are details at a glance:

Detroit Institute of Arts

Metro Detroiters and members only this Friday and weekend. Any visitors welcome July 15 and beyond. Timed tickets required.
♦ Hours: Wednesday through Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (High-risk visitors welcome 9-10 a.m.) Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wright Museum

No timed tickets left for Friday. They're suggested, but not required, on other days.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Michigan Science Center

Reopens Saturday; free through Aug. 9. Timed tickets here.
 Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.


Detroit Historical Museum 

Member preview day was Thursday. Timed tickets (90-minute blocks) encouraged, but not mandatory.
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Carr Center, 15 E. Kirby St.

Gallery opened Thursday for invitees. Timed tickets needed to see "The Sole and Black Culture" through Aug. 16. (Exhibit explores sneaker creators, collectors and wearers.)
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Hellenic Museum, 67 E. Kirby St.

This newcomer opened in April 2013 to showcase Greek art and culture.
 ♦ Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. by appointment.

The Scarab Club, 217 Farnsworth St.

Gallery presents "Uncommon Threads" through Aug. 29, showing contemporary fiber arts. No tickets.
♦ Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

Earlier coverage, June 25: 

We gotta have art, as DIA commercials said back when. And soon we can again.

Four months after Covid bolted the museum's brass gates, they'll swing open July 10 for Metro Detroiters and members. Starting July 15, any visitors can come, the art institute announces Thursday.

"Officer of the Hussars," a 2007 oil painting by Kehinde Wiley, is a popular work. (Photo: DIA)

Programs, group tours and other activities won't resume yet, and reduced hours will allow additional cleaning:

  • Wednesday through Friday: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (High-risk visitors welcome 9-10 a.m.)

  • Weekends: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Monday and Tuesday: Closed

"Closed" signs went up in March. (Photo: Allan Lengel)

Face masks, credit or debit card payments, and timed tickets are required. They can be reserved here for the July 10-12 opening weekend and here for July 15 or later. Admission is free through July, with regular fees returning in August for visitors from outside Wayne, Oakland and Macomb.

Touchless temperature checks will be performed at the entry desk. The checkroom is shut, so large bags are a no-no.

Two delayed exhibits are rescheduled:

♦ "Van Gogh in America:" Opens Nov. 15

♦ "Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020:" October 2022

Website update Thursday from the museum.


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