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Detroit Institute of Arts open on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Tours of the African American art collection and King documentary among special activities

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Contact: Larisa Zade 313-833-7962 

(Detroit)—The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will be open on Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Day, Monday, Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can enjoy the special activities listed below, which are free with museum admission, and free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, unless otherwise noted. 
Drop-In Workshops—Tibetan Prayer Flags (for all ages): 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Learn how Tibetan prayer flags are made and used while you create your own personal flag to take home.

Guided Tours of the African American Art Collection: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Take a guided tour of the African American art galleries, which feature works by artists such as Benny Andrews, Ali McGee, Tyree Guyton, Hughie Lee-Smith, Jacob Lawrence and many others. Tours leave from the Great Hall.
Detroit Film Theatre: King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis: 2 p.m. 
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from 1955 to 1968 as he rises from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of King's speeches, protests and arrests are interspersed with scenes of other high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause. Tickets: $8.50; DIA members, seniors and students, $6.50.
Hours and Admission
Museum hours are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $8 for adults, $6 for seniors ages 62+, $4 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), one of the premier art museums in the United States, is home to more than 60,000 works that comprise a multicultural survey of human creativity from ancient times through the 21st century. From the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum (Self-Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera's world-renowned Detroit Industry murals (1932–33), the DIA’s collection is known for its quality, range, and depth. The DIA’s mission is to create opportunities for all visitors to find personal meaning in art.

Programs are made possible with support from residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.