Detroit Institute of Arts

5200 Woodward Ave Detroit

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Detroit Institute of Arts

Founded in 1885, the museum was originally located on Jefferson Avenue, but, due to its rapidly expanding collection, moved to the current site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The Beaux-Arts building, designed by Paul Cret, was immediately referred to as the "temple of art."

The museum covers 658,000 square feet that includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, with more than 65,000 works. A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department in order to broaden the museum's collection of African American art.

Explore the vast collection of the DIA.
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All information cited from www.dia.org CTA Image from www.dia.org Cover photo “Creative Commons Detroit Institute of Arts: 'Detroit Industry' Murals, South Wall – Detroit MI” by pinehurst19475 is licensed under CC 2.0

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