As a member* of Culture Pass Detroit, you have access to FREE memberships, exhibits, performances, tours, and special “behind the scenes” events at five of Detroit’s premier arts and cultural institutions.

  • Experience art from around the world at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (The Wright)
  • Explore local stories (past and present) with the Detroit Historical Society
  • See performances at the Detroit Opera House and Orchestra Hall featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, and more!

Read on to discover the benefits and experiences available to you and your family through Culture Pass Detroit.

*Culture Pass Detroit is available only to eligible Detroit residents through the Detroit Housing Network.

 


 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (The Wright)

Featuring And Still We Rise, and other permanent and visiting exhibitions, The Wright Museum hosts countless learning and engagement opportunities for adults, children, and visiting scholars. The Wright explores and celebrates African American history, and inspires visitors toward greater understanding, acceptance, and unity.

Your Benefits:

  • FREE unlimited admission for up to 5 visitors at a time
  • FREE admission for 5 to African World Festival (with activated memberships)
  • Exclusive member-only invites to exhibition openings or previews
  • Special pricing on select museum events
  • 10% discounts in the Museum Store

Know Before You Go:

ADDRESS: 315 East Warren Avenue, Detroit, Michigan 48201

HOURS:
Tuesday and Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 pm
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Monday: Closed

PARKING AND ARRIVAL:
  • The Cultural Center Parking Lot is a lighted, secured parking lot located behind the DIA and the Charles Wright Museum on John R St., south of Kirby St. and north of Warren Ave.
  • Please stop by a Visitor’s Services desk each time you visit with your Culture Pass membership card. (You will need to give your name and address at your first visit to activate your membership).

 


 

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA)

The DIA’s collection is among the top six in the United States, with more than 65,000 works including significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Islamic, and Ancient art. Notable works include Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle and Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

Your Benefits:

  • FREE museum admission (available to all Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County residents)
  • Special guided tours and Culture Pass Detroit events – watch for announcements!
  • Two tickets to any event at the Detroit Film Theatre
  • Monthly hands-on art classes
  • Concerts and performances

Know Before You Go:

ADDRESS: 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

HOURS:
Tuesday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday: Closed

PARKING AND ARRIVAL:
  • The Cultural Center Parking Lot is a lighted, secured parking lot located behind the DIA and the Charles Wright Museum on John R St., south of Kirby St. and north of Warren Ave.
  • Entrances are on John R., Farnsworth, and Woodward.
  • Please fill out an enclosed DIA visitor pass each time you visit, and drop it off at any Visitor’s Services desk.

 


 

Detroit Historical Society (DHS)

The DHS has two museums that bring history to life: the Detroit Historical Museum features Detroit’s rich history and has chronicled the life and times of the region for over 70 years. The Dossin Great Lakes Museum showcases the Great Lakes, with a special emphasis on Detroit’s role in regional and national maritime history and has been telling these stories for more than 60 years. For updates to hours and current exhibits and to plan your visit go to detroithistorical.org

Your Benefits:

  • A DHS membership which includes FREE unlimited admission for up to 5 visitors to the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum
  • Member welcome events
  • Family Days participation
  • 20% discount on items at the Museum Store and online

Know Before You Go (Detroit Historical Museum):

ADDRESS:5401 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

HOURS:
Wednesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: Closed

PARKING AND ARRIVAL:
  • The Detroit Historical Museum lot is on Kirby St. between Woodward and Cass Avenues.
  • When you pull into the museum lot, you will use the touchscreen kiosk to select “get a ticket.” Take the ticket indoors to the front desk, show your Arts and Culture Pass Membership Card, and the staff will validate your parking ticket. (You will need to give your name and address at your first visit to activate your membership).

Know Before You Go (Great Lakes Dossin Museum):

ADDRESS:100 Strand Drive, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI 48207

HOURS:
Friday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: Closed

PARKING AND ARRIVAL:
  • A Recreation Passport is required for vehicles entering Belle Isle Park. If you are planning to visit the Dossin Great Lakes Museum or attend an event and do not have a Passport, you can purchase one on the island for $12.
  • Parking is free for vehicles with a valid State of Michigan Recreation Passport or a Day Pass. A parking lot is located adjacent to the museum off The Strand.
  • Please stop by a Visitor’s Services desk each time you visit with your Culture Pass membership card. You will need to give your name and address at your first visit to activate your membership.

 


 

Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO)

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has a history as varied and exciting as that of its hometown. The DSO has been at the center of Detroit’s musical heartbeat for more than 130 years. As a Culture Pass Detroit member, you can experience the following DSO performances:

Bernstein & Gershwin – September 27, 2024

  • Saxophone virtuoso Branford Marsalis returns to Orchestra Hall for jazz-infused showpieces, and Music Director Jader Bignamini leads popular musical postcards by Bernstein and Gershwin capturing city vibes, Cuban beats, and the bustling cafés and streets of Paris.

Symphony Spooktacular – October 26, 2024

  • From spooky classics to silly characters, the orchestra takes you on a symphonic thrill ride of haunted melodies and fantastical stories. Come early to participate in our family-friendly pre-concert activities and the annual Halloween costume contest!

Home for the Holidays – December 14, 2024

  • Gather the family for one of the best holiday traditions in Detroit! The DSO and special guests play all your favorites inside warm and wonderful Orchestra Hall. Make the season bright and create memories of a lifetime everyone can share.

Women Rock! – April 26, 2025

  • This is the set list of legends. The Pops and special guests perform rock hits by Carole King, Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, and more, including “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” “Proud Mary,” “Piece Of My Heart,” “Love Is A Battlefield,” and “Flashdance.”

Know Before You Go:

ADDRESS: 3711 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201

You’ll be alerted via e-mail about all opportunities to sign up for tickets. Parking and arrival instructions for each concert will be sent out to you closer to the performance date.

 


 

Detroit Opera/Detroit Opera House

Detroit Opera is a nationally recognized leader in the arts as a producer of innovative opera and a presenter of national and international dance companies. Based in Detroit, the organization provides stellar main stage and community performances and offers compelling cultural enrichment programs for the diverse audiences and communities that it serves.
As Culture Pass member, you can experience the following performances at the historic Detroit Opera House:

Complexions Contemporary Ballet: 30th Anniversary Tour – December 7, 2024 – 7:30p.m.
  • Complexions Contemporary Ballet has awakened audiences to a new, exciting genre with their singular approach of reinventing dance and contemporary ballet. With live music from the Detroit Opera Orchestra, Act 1 features performances to music by Bach, Beethoven, and Vivaldi, while Act 2, entitled Love Rocks, is set to the fun and thrilling music of Lenny Kravitz- where Rock meets Ballet!

H.M.S. Pinafore – March 8, 2025

  • The Detroit Opera Youth Chorus (DOYC), a world-class training program for young vocalists ages 8 to seniors in high school from metro Detroit, will present Gilbert & Sullivan’s first smash hit full of laughs and legendary tunes.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – March 15, 2025

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at The 92nd Street Y in New York City. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents–as well as millions more through television broadcasts, film screenings, and online platforms. Their performance in Detroit will include Ailey’s iconic Revelations.

Know Before You Go:

ADDRESS: 1526 Broadway, Detroit MI, 48226

You’ll be alerted via e-mail about all opportunities to sign up for tickets. Parking and arrival instructions for each concert will be sent out to you closer to the performance date.

 


 

Parking

Culture Pass Detroit also includes access to parking support. Free parking means you won’t miss your favorite performances and events throughout the year.

Parking Passes:
If you selected parking passes when you registered for Culture Pass Detroit, you will find your first batch of passes enclosed here in your welcome package. Please refer to the Know Before You Go sections on the preceding pages for specific parking instructions at each art and culture institution. Parking spaces can fill up fast, and parking is not guaranteed, especially during peak hours and special events.

If you need additional parking passes, or have any questions, please contact Lariel Turner at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org.

 


 

Additional Resources: FAQ

Who is eligible for Culture Pass Detroit?

In our pilot year (2024-2025), membership is open to residents affiliated with the Detroit Housing Network on a first-come, first-served basis. Membership will be open to more Detroit residents in years to come as the program grows.

How long is my membership valid?

Membership will be valid for one year. Connect Detroit will contact you in the spring of 2025 with information about re-enrollment.

Can I use the pass more than once?

Yes! Membership allows you unlimited visits to the Charles Wright Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. Your pass also allows you to attend performance opportunities and special events; refer to the Culture Pass Detroit e-newsletter for more information.

Is there a limit to the number of venues I can visit in one day?

There is no daily limit! As long as each venue is open, you can visit them on the same day.

Can I bring guests with me using Culture Pass Detroit?

Your Culture Pass allows you to bring 5 total visitors (yourself + four others) to the Charles Wright Museum, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. You may bring any number of guests to the Detroit Institute of Arts. Tickets to events at Detroit Opera, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the Detroit Film Theatre will vary; please refer to the Culture Pass Detroit e-newsletter for more information, or e-mail Lariel Turner, Project Manager, at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org with any questions.

What happens if a venue is closed after I’ve planned to visit?

Please refer to each venue’s hours of operation before you plan your visit to be sure that the location is open. Be aware that institutions may have limited hours or be closed during holidays.

Is Culture Pass Detroit transferable to someone else?

You may bring guests with you to all Culture Pass Detroit institutions, but memberships will be associated with the Head of Household and cannot be transferred.

Can I use my pass in other cities or regions?

Through Culture Pass Detroit, you can become a member of the Detroit Historical Society, which offers reciprocal memberships at museums across the country! You can also become a member of the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, which enrolls you in their Black Card program. Click the links to find out more.

What do I do if I need an accessibility accommodation?

Please refer to each venue’s website for any accessibility needs. Each venue provides different kinds of support and accommodations for visitors.

I haven’t received my welcome pack in the mail. What should I do?

Please reach out to Lariel Turner, Project Manager, at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org right away if you haven’t received your welcome pack and another pack will be mailed to you.

How do I sign up for the e-newsletter?

You should have been automatically enrolled in the newsletter when you signed up for your Culture Pass Detroit membership. Please check your spam folders to be sure the newsletter isn’t there. If you can’t find the e-newsletter, or you’d like to add another e-mail address, e-mail Lariel Turner at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org.

I have questions about transportation support (Lyft or parking passes). Who should I reach out to?

Lariel Turner can answer any questions about transportation needs and supports. Please e-mail her at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org.

What should I do if I lose my Culture Pass Detroit card?

If you need a replacement card, please e-mail Lariel Turner at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org.

How can I provide feedback or suggestions about Culture Pass Detroit?

Surveys will be sent out every three months through the Culture Pass Detroit e-newsletter. If you’d like to offer feedback more frequently, e-mail lariel@ConnectDetroit.org for a survey link.

If your question has not been answered here, please reach out to Lariel Turner, Project Manager, at lariel@ConnectDetroit.org or Nikita Buckhoy, Senior Program Director, at nikita@ConnectDetroit.org.

 


 

Additional Resources: Partner Websites and Further Exploration

Detroit Institute

One of the most fun ways to experience the DIA as a family is to go on a scavenger hunt! You could look for important African American artworks or find artworks associated with different emotions. You can also draw with the DIA at home. For more information and activities at the DIA, visit dia.org.

Detroit Historical Society

You can explore Detroit’s history without leaving home, thanks to the DHS’ Timeline of Detroit and the Untold Detroit Podcast. Find out more at detroithistorical.org.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (The Wright)

Join The Wright in virtual presentations and discussions throughout the year as they share parts of their well-known core exhibit, And Still We Rise. Find out more at thewright.org.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

In addition to attending live performances, you can stream DSO performances for free at home in real time! DSO Replay also allows you to watch past performances. For more information, visit dso.org.

Detroit Opera

Discover the stories from the worlds of opera and dance with Detroit Opera’s podcasts on Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube. You can also attend a number of Detroit Opera’s community programs throughout the city. For more information, visit detroitopera.org.