Top 5 Reasons to Visit the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts)

Top 5 | June 23, 2015 | By

DIA 1I’m a suburbanite but I truly lve going into Detroit and wind my way down I-94 as often as I possibly can. I  lve the noises of the city. . .the character of the people living and building lives there and the endless supply of food and entertainment, just to name a few. The Detroit Institute of Arts is just another one of the many reasons I lve Detroit and her spirit. Even a torrential downpour on a given Sunday wouldn’t keep me from going and here are the Top 5 Reasons why you should go too:

1.  The DIA is free (with identification) to all Wayne, Oakland and Macomb County residents. Looking for something to do without spending much any money? You won’t find better than this and it’s great entertainment (and education) for adults and kids alike. Pack up and go. You won’t be sorry.

2.  That said, there are optional visiting exhibits that the DIA charges a fee for and one such exhibit there now that I would highly recommend is the Diago Rivera-Frida Kahlo Exhibit, but don’t put it off. This exhibit is only at the DIA until July 12.

3.  The DIA is considered to have one of the largest and most significant art collections in the United States.

4.  It’s 85 degrees outside. Your AC is broken. The kids are out of school for summer vacation and are already bored. GO.

5.  The Kresge Court. Yes, the Kresge Court all by itself is worth going to the DIA. While at the DIA recently, I spoke with an elderly gentleman playing backgammon with his grandson in the Kresge Court. He explained (though the beauty and relaxation factor of the Kresge Court — a perfect 10 — needs no explanation) that he lives in the City of Detroit and frequently comes there simply for this reason. Others around us were dining on sandwiches and delicious looking desserts and sipping coffee or wine. . .and if none of these reasons convince you to go, you simply must stop in for a their charcuterie board. That’s right. A charcuterie board (by the way, paired with a very generous glass of Chardonnay!) — at the DIA! I suppose because it’s. . .art.