VISIT

The Charles H. Wright Museum
of African American History

Hands-On History

Plan your visit today.

With dynamic permanent and visiting exhibitions open to the public year-round, there are plenty of opportunities to explore The Wright for yourself.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: 9 AM - 5 PM

 

Holiday Hours

The museum will be closed on the following holidays:

  • November 10th, Veterans Day Observed
  • November 23rd and 24th, Thanksgiving
  • December 24th, Christmas Eve
  • December 25th, Christmas Day
  • December 31st, New Years Eve
  • January 1st, New Years Day

Note: Seeing all exhibitions on display takes visitors approximately 2 hours. Arriving during the last hour of any given day may impact one's ability to view all exhibitions, and should be done at their own discretion.

Admission

Your purchase keeps our doors open, so history stays accessible for everyone. 

Note for Groups: Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more. Call for more details or visit the link below.

General Admission Rates
  • Adults (18-61) – $15 
  • Seniors (62+) – $12 
  • Youth (6-17) – $12 
  • Children 5 and Under – Free 
  • Members – Free ($10 during premiere exhibitions)
Group Admission Rates

CLICK FOR GROUP RESERVATIONS

  • Adults, age 18-61 - $14
  • Seniors, age 62 and over - $11
  • Children, age 6-17 - $11
  • Museum Members and children under 5 - FREE

Current & Upcoming Promotions

Bank of America Museums on Us

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch account holders have the opportunity for a complimentary ticket to visit The Wright each month, on the first full weekend!

  • One (1) free admission ticket per Bank of America / Merrill Lynch cardholder
  • To reserve online from the Ticketing Window, select the ticket MUSEUMS ON US ticket and continue with the checkout
  • NOTE: Must show your Bank of America card upon check-in (Failure to show card or proof of account will invalidate ticket reservation)
  • Offer(s) cannot be combined with other promotional discounts, group rates, or any other discounted admissions.
Free Admission for Reciprocal Museum Members

The Wright retains membership in several reciprocal museum associations, which allows our members of affiliated institutions to receive free admission at The Wright! We currently lists membership with:

  •  North American Reciprocal Museums Program (NARM) grants free admission to members of more than 1,400 museums and other institutions across North America.
  •  Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM) gives free admission to more than 400 participating museums in  45 states and territories in the United States; 8 states in Canada
  •  Michigan Reciprocal Museum program grants free admission to 16 member museums across the state of Michigan.

If you retain membership with an institution that is affiliated with any of the above groups, you are entitled to similar member benefits at The Wright! They include:

  • Free admission ticket(s) for active NARM, ROAM & Michigan Reciprocal Museum members (1 ticket for individuals and up to 4 tickets for families)
  •  To reserve online from the Ticketing Window, select Reciprocal Museum Membership (NARM/ROAM) ticket and the amount of ticket(s) based on your membership.
  •  NOTE: Must show your active membership from an affiliate museum or institution upon check-in (Failure to show proof of membership will invalidate ticket reservation)
  • 10% Discounts at our Museum Store
  • Offer(s) cannot be combined with other promotional discounts, group rates, or any other discounted admissions.

Admission is One Click Away

Scheduling your visit and purchasing tickets is quick and easy.

GETTING TO THE WRIGHT

LOCATION

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, in the city's thriving Midtown region.

If you see the Michigan Science Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts, then you've made it. We're right next door!

ADDRESS

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

TELEPHONE

313-494-5800

PARKING AT THE WRIGHT

AT THE MUSEUM

The Cultural Center Parking Lot is located just behind the Wright. Enter on John R. Street. The cost is $7 per vehicle.

ON THE STREET

Metered spots are available along Warren and Farnsworth Avenues, and on Brush Street. Hourly rates range from $1 to $2. Pay for parking with the ParkDetroit app.

FOR BUS DRIVERS

Drop off visitors along the Warren Avenue entrance, and then park along Warren or Farnsworth Avenues, or on John R. Street.

Mapping the Michigan Green Book Exhibition Photo

Previous Exhibitions

Curating History

How did Black travelers find safe spaces during Jim Crow? Inspired by The Negro Motorist Green Book, the exhibition “Mapping the Michigan Green Book” explored the way Black Detroiters vacationed with a specific focus on Michigan.

COVID-19 Protocols

The health and safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. Please abide by the following guidelines as you explore the museum.

  • Stop: Stay home when experiencing fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of illness.
  • Mask: Wearing facial coverings over your nose and mouth is optional while indoors or in crowded areas.
  • Wash: Use the sanitizing stations and lavatory restrooms to periodically clean your hands.
  • Cover: Shield your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Distance: Maintain six feet of separation between yourself and other visitors whenever possible.
  • Clean: Museum staff regularly disinfect common areas and surfaces for your protection.

Schedule Your Visit

Membership Perks

Free admission, exclusive exhibition previews, gift shop discounts: at The Wright, it pays to be a member.

Additional Visitor Information

Accessibility

The Wright strives to offer an enriching museum experience for visitors of all backgrounds. To that end, great care has been taken to ensure that all museum spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities.

Elevators and ramps are accessible from all public areas, and all exhibitions can accommodate wheelchairs (as well as strollers).

A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available for short-term use from The Wright while on museum property.

Please note: these wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you need assistance moving your wheelchair, please arrange for a caregiver or family member to accompany you during your visit to the museum.

Museum Shop

The Museum Shop is open during museum hours, and sells merchandise that celebrates African American history and culture. You can also shop online anytime.

Directions & Parking

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Midtown Detroit, at 315 East Warren Avenue, right next door to the Michigan Science Center (and within one block of the Detroit Institute of Arts).

Well-lit, affordable, secure parking is available to the public behind the museum, in the Cultural Center Parking Lot, accessible from John R. Street, for $7 per vehicle.

We do not have special parking for buses. Buses should drop visitors off at the Warren Avenue entrance, and then seek parking along Warren or Farnsworth Avenues, or on Brush Street.

We encourage visitors with mobility restrictions to park on Upper Farnsworth, to avoid stairs.

Please visit the Directions & Parking page for additional information.

Directions & Parking

Food & Drink

Food, drink, and chewing gum are permitted in the museum's public areas. In exhibition spaces, however, these items are strictly prohibited.

Group Tours

Reservations for self-guided tours are required and should be made at least two weeks in advance of your anticipated arrival date. Guided tours are not available.  

Parties of all sizes are welcome to book group tours, but discounted admission rates will only be available to groups of fifteen people or more. Regular admission rates apply to parties of less than fifteen people.

If you're interested in scheduling a group visit call us at (313) 494-5800 for more information or fill out the form below.

Make a reservation

Coat Racks

Complimentary coat racks are available in the front entrance of the museum on the main level.

Photography

Photography in museum exhibition spaces is strictly prohibited. Please leave cameras at home.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available for museum supporters of all ages. High school and college students may be able to earn service learning credits for their work. In order to volunteer, you must do the following:

  • Attend an orientation
  • Complete an application and security clearance form

Explore available volunteer opportunities today.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer

There's more than one way to support The Wright. Become a volunteer today.