Detroit Institute of Arts Trip

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Join MCC’s History students on an Experiential Learning trip to Detroit to visit the world-renowned Detroit Institute of the Arts (DIA), explore Greektown, and stop at John King Books.

Detroit Institute of Art

Detroit Institute of Art

Detroit Institute of the Arts

One of the premier art museums in the country, the DIA’s collection, with its roughly 66,000 works, is among the top six in the United States. The collection’s foundation was laid by William Valentiner, who was a director from 1924 to 1945 and acquired many important works that established the framework of today’s collections. Among his notable acquisitions are Mexican artist Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry fresco cycle, which Rivera considered his most successful work, and Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, the first Van Gogh painting to enter a U.S. museum collection.

A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of its collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, Modern and Contemporary, and Graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and Ancient art. In 2000, the DIA established the General Motors Center for African American Art as a curatorial department to broaden the museum’s collection of African American art. The trip will explore art from a variety of periods which are the focus in MCC’s courses.

John King Books

The afternoon will continue with a quick visit to John King Books, one of the very largest rare and used bookstores in the country, featuring three million books and counting.


No trip to Detroit is complete without a final stop for dinner in Greektown. The traditional center of Detroit’s Greek community, the historic district is one of the last surviving Victorian-era commercial streetscapes in downtown Detroit. Participants can choose from over 20 authentic Greek restaurants all within walking distance of the bus.


The travel fee – $80 for students and $85 for community guests – includes all transportation to Detroit, admission fees to the Museum and a snack on the bus. Participants are responsible for paying for their own meals.

How to Register for the Trip

  • Option 1:  By phone. Call the MCC Social Sciences Department at (231-777-0380)  Ask for Mary Schutt. She will sign you up by credit card or debit card.
  • Option 2:  In person.  Cash, check or credit cards taken in the Social Sciences Office, Room 242, on Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call ahead to confirm the office is open. (231) 777-0380.