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September 18th, 2013

Dearborn Beyond SHOT

Dearborn Beyond SHOT

Dearborn, Michigan’s varied history invites exploration. Curious visitors can download a self-guided tour book from the Dearborn Historical Commission here.

Below, the Local Arrangements Committee has provided a select list of things to see and do, both in Dearborn and the neighboring city of Detroit.

The Arab American National Museum is the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture. Arab Americans have enriched the economic, political and cultural landscape of American life. The Museum continues its commitment to dispel misconceptions about Arab Americans and other minorities by bringing the voices and faces of Arab Americans to mainstream audiences. AANM brings to light the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.


With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford celebrates yesterday’s traditions as well as today’s innovations. Five distinct attractions – Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum, the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, the Benson Ford Research Center, and The Henry Ford IMAX Theater – captivate and inspire visitors of all ages. Encounter ideas that change the world, travel through America’s past, embark on America’s greatest factory tour and more. It all comes together at The Henry Ford.



Fairlane Town Center, known for its fashion-forward merchandise and depth of retailers, is home to more than 160 stores and restaurants. Adjacent to the conference hotel, The Henry, Fairlane Town Center affords visitors a unique shopping experience and offers a new restaurant plaza and movie theater.




The Detroit Institute of Arts, located in Midtown Detroit, Michigan, has one of the largest, most significant art collections in the United States. With over 100 galleries, art education programs, and community events, the DIA supports its mission to create experiences that help each visitor final personal meaning in art.



The Heidelberg Project is art, energy, and community. It’s an open-air art environment in the heart of an urban community on Detroit’s East Side. Tyree Guyton, founder and artistic director, uses everyday, discarded objects to create a two block area full of color, symbolism, and intrigue. Now in its 28th year, the Heidelberg Project is recognized around the world as a demonstration of the power of creativity to transform lives.



Each week thousands of people flock to Eastern Market for its Saturday Market to enjoy one of the most authentic urban adventures in the United States. The market and the adjacent district are rare finds in a global economy – a local food district with more than 250 independent vendors and merchants processing, wholesaling, and retailing food.




The Motown Museum, which was founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations. Visitors come from across America and throughout the world to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists and groups recorded much-loved music, and to view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy lived with his young family during the company’s earliest days. Reservations are strongly recommended for those planning to visit ‘Hitsville U.S.A.





Other points of interest include:



Salt & Cedar

MBADAfrican Bead Museum

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