The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) boasts one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States. Founded in 1885, the museum was moved from its original location on Jefferson Avenue to a larger site on Woodward Avenue in 1927. The new Beaux-Arts building is vast and architecturally impressive. Covered in white marble, the original building is now flanked by north and south wings, which were added in the 1960s and 1970s. The Institute then underwent a major renovation and was expanded upon again throughout the 2000s.
The DIA is home to significant works from American and European artists of note, as well as a diverse collection of African, Asian, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. Widely referred to as the "temple of art”, the Institute features more than 65,000 works within its 100 galleries, from prehistory right through to the 21st century, featuring everything from mummies, to Monets, to modern art.
Among the notable exhibits, are the Mexican artist, Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural, Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait, and the African American Art section, which showcases 400 pieces across a variety of mediums by African American artists.
The Detroit Institute of Arts is located along Woodward Avenue in Midtown Detroit. It’s positioned in the heart of Detroit's cultural scene, and there are a number of other museums in the area to explore, such as the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
The Institute has a good cafe serving hot food in the building’s inner courtyard, Kresge Court.