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Detroit Institute Of Art - All About the Detroit Institute of Art

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The Detroit Institute of Art has been an important cultural institution for the area since it was founded in 1885. The Institute was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but it outgrew that location soon afterward. The Beaux-Arts building opened in 1927 and since has been subject to three expansions, the latest being completed in 2007.

Today, the Detroit Institute of Art covers 658,000 square feet and the museum includes a reference library, a conservation lab, a lecture hall, an auditorium with an 1,150-person capacity, and over 100 galleries.

The collection at the Institute is considered among the top in the county, featuring exhibits that span human history, from the dawn of our time, thousands of years ago, to the present. Many of the works in the museum were acquired by William Valentiner from 1924 to 1945 through his contacts across Europe.

One of the factors that make the Detroit Institute of the Arts a leading museum in the country is the diversity of the artwork held inside. Works come not only from America and Europe, but also from Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. It is also an important home to Native American and Islamic collections.

The Institute is open Wednesday through Sunday, opening at 10:00 am on each of these days. Closing times are Wednesday and Thursday at 4:00 pm, Friday at 10:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 5:00 pm. A nominal fee is required for admission except for children under 5 and Detroit residents on Fridays. For those who are driving, there is valet parking available at the Farnsworth entrance on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Self-parking is available both behind the museum and on the corner, in a city-operated underground garage.

Once inside the museum, coats and bags can be checked at the complimentary attended cloakroom. Visitors should be aware that food and drinks of any kind are not permitted inside the galleries but can be enjoyed in the café and the coffee shop. Smoking is not allowed, nor is touching any of the displayed works. Photography is allowed for non-commercial use in the permanent collection galleries, and sketching is allowed by permit.

So visitors can get the most from the Detroit Institute of Art, free guided tours are often every day the museum is open. Wednesday and Thursday, tours begin at 1:00 pm, Fridays at 1:00, 6:00, and 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. In addition, multimedia/audio tours are available for a small fee and are available in Spanish and Japanese.

For those who are visiting the area, the Detroit Institute of Art has partnered with several hotels that provide affordable packages for accommodations. Participating hotels include The Inn on Ferry Street, The Townsend, Omni, Marriott, Courtyard, Hilton, The Westin, The Dearborn Inn, MotorCity, Bishop Brighton, The Ritz-Carlton, The Atheneum, Best Western, Comfort Suites, and Holiday Inn Express.

The DIA is also available for private and corporate events such as wedding receptions, meetings, banquets, dinners, luncheons, showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, and anniversaries. A professional staff is waiting to serve your every need with exclusive catering in a luxurious atmosphere. A selection of menus is pre-prepared according to what guests at past events have liked, but menus can also be customized on request.

For further information on anything related to the Detroit Institute of the Arts, they can be reached by telephone at 313-833-7900.

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