Detroit Historical Museum, Detroit
When I first wrote this tip in 2006, the DHM was NOT open at that time. Since then it has secured funding through private means and is currently open to the public. It is open every day, see the link I have in this tip to go to their web page where the current hours are listed.
I apologize for writing a eulogy of this fine institution, it seems I was a bit hasty in advertising it´s demise.
It was a very interesting place to go, and one learns many intersting facts about Detroit and it´s growth from 1701 to the present. It´s a very worthwhile experience. I´ve gone here several times since I was in grade school in the 60´s and have always learned something new about my home town!
As I write this, in November, 2009, they offer free admission to seniors (anyone over 60) on Sundays in November. So run down and check it out!
Three national flags have flown over Detroit: the French founded the city, the British ruled it for much of the 18th century, and the Americans obtained possession of the city in the 1790s, following the terms of the 1783 Treaty of Paris. (The British regained Detroit temporarily during the War of 1812, but we won't go into that right now.)
Notice how the French flag that is flying is the one with the Fleurs de Lys. The familar Tricolor didn't come into use until after the French Revolution. (You probably knew that already.)
The basement of this place is the collest thing ever. It looks like the streets of Detroit in the 1920's with cobblestone streets and little shots. I think it's just the cutest. Plus the museum is in a great area with lots of other stuff to do right around it.