Highlights of Detroit
Motown Historical Museum
The unassuming house that gave birth to the Motown sound is now a museum preserving the relics of that groundbreaking era. The house ceased serving as Motown's base of operations in the 1970s, but much remains as it was before owner Berry Gordy abandoned it for Los Angeles digs. The basement recording studio is intact, complete with the original piano, drums, microphones--even a makeshift echo chamber.
Displays at the Motown Historical Museum showcase original costumes, photos and record sleeves; a film narrated by Gordy relates how his $800 investment became $20 million in just seven years. It's a truly American rags-to-riches story of raising a young family upstairs while turning neighborhood kids into superstars in the basement. (313) 875-2264; motownmuseum.com