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Detroit Institute of Arts becomes a Scary Place during the Halloween Season Museum Mystery Tours and Yikes! Gallery Guides Provide Family Friendly Fun

Thursday, October 02, 2008

(Detroit) –Visit the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) if you dare for Museum Mystery Tours on Fridays, October 17, 24, and 31, 2008 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Tour the American art galleries with costumed guides who tell tales and mysterious secrets about the artists whose work haunts the historic American wing. Brave guests will creep through eerily-lit galleries and hear sounds in the dark for a haunting Halloween mood. The experience will be fun and family friendly, and is appropriate for kids ages five and older. Tours will depart every 15 minutes from the Great Hall.

In addition to the Museum Mystery Tours, visitors can pick up a “Yikes!” gallery guide to seek out some of the DIA’s most bone-chilling images. Collect “spook-tacular” art supplies at each stop, and use them to create a Halloween mask in a drop-in workshop.
The activities are free with museum admission.

Hours and admission:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens, and $4 for youth ages 6-17. DIA members are admitted free. For more information, call (313) 833-7900 or see the website at


The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA),located at 5200 Woodward Avenue in Detroit, is one of the premier art museums in the United States and 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.

Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.


Shekini Jennings  (313) 494-5242
Pamela Marcil      (313) 833-7899