Saturday, September 30, 2006

Indoor Activities in Detroit

After another long, grueling workweek, you're probably itching to get out and do something recreational and fun this weekend.

Today's dreary weather has likely put a damper on your outdoor plans, but cool temps and rain don't have to mean a weekend spent in front of the tube. Instead, grab a poncho or umbrella and head to one of Detroit's award-winning museums.

Here are two of my top picks for museums to visit this weekend in Detroit:

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History:

Opened just two days ago, "Lasting Foundations: The Art of Architecture in Africa" is a new exhibit designed to acquaint museum-goers with African architecture from the country's east, west, central and southern areas. Composed of more than 100 photographs and artifacts from 13 countries, the exhibit runs through December 13, 2006.

Other exhibits of interest include "And Still We Rise", a permanent exhibit located in the DaimlerChrysler Hall, and "A is for Africa", an interactive exhibit designed for children in preschool through the fourth grade.

Admission to the Charles H. Wright Museum is $8 for adults and $5 or children. Tomorrow, October 1, is a Target Free First Sunday at the Wright Museum, so admission is free for all.

Detroit Historical Museum:

Following an $800,000 restoration, the Detroit Historical Museum (DHM) re-opened to the public yesterday and promises to be better than ever. An added bonus is that admission to the museum is free all weekend!

Interesting new exhibits at the DHM include "Digital Dress: Women About Town", a display tracing the evolution of this popular piece of women's clothing from the 1900s through today, and "Treasures of the Collection", a compilation of more than 100 rare artifacts from the museum's extensive collection.

The DHM also has several permanent exhibits, including the popular Glancy Trains, The Streets of Old Detroit and Frontiers to Factories. The museum is located at 5401 Woodward Avenue in Detroit's Cultural Center area.

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