Exploring Detroit: Detroit Institute of Arts

DIA1If you love art and artifacts from the past, or just have the desire to try something a bit different in The Motor City, the Detroit Institute of Arts should be on your list of places to visit.

Though I can’t consider myself a lover of art, I do appreciate the skill, time, and effort put into the pieces by the painters, sculptors, and carvers. Some works of art are so incredibly detailed it just boggles your mind.

I was fortunate to visit the DIA for the first time on a work outing alongside three of my coworkers; two of which had lived in metro Detroit for their entire lives and had never ventured into the museum. I didn’t even know this place existed!

The DIA is nestled into downtown Detroit on the campus of Wayne State University, and is a beautiful structure that fits right into the college setting. Inside is just as gorgeous, with spacious gathering areas and intricate mosaics, paintings, and reliefs in the floors, walls, and ceilings. Some of which took my breath away.


In addition to artwork, the DIA also offers patrons to see artifacts including suits of armor, paper documents, weaponry, and artifacts from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Assyria. There are historic and religious writings, figurines, textiles, and more from centuries ago from all across the globe, from Africa to India and Europe.

And if you like the big name artists, the DIA has that, too. You can see work by Van Gogh, Bernini, Picasso, Matisse, and other greats. Then check out some of the lesser-named artists, who also created astounding art depicting landscapes, still life, people, famous battles, and animals. And of course, get confused and come up with your own interpretation of what the random blotches of different colors mean on canvas. At least, that’s what happens when I see abstract artwork.

DIA3DIA4Art lover or not, the DIA is a fantastic place to see all kinds. There’s plenty of space to walk around, numerous rooms (getting lost was a thing for us), and more than one floor of displays. If tours are more your style, they are offered most every day and you’ll get taken around to some of the most famous and popular pieces by a host full of knowledge about each one.

Oh yeah, it’s also a great spot for a selfie. It’ll make you appear more cultured. Maybe.


It was a lot of fun checking out the DIA with those hooligans! Make sure you visit the next time you’re in Detroit, too.


About Karin

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