Downtown Detroit Art and Architecture Walking Tour

Roasting Plant Coffee

From $20.00

Sun, May 12th, 2024 @ 11:00AM EDT (multiple times available)

From art-deco skyscrapers & modernist masterpieces to large-scale sculptures & non-traditional canvases Downtown Detroit is full of jaw-dropping art & architecture. On this two-hour tour, you’ll explore some of the great contributions of both prolific architects and emerging artists while our expert guide puts it all in context along the way. You’ll visit The Belt Art Alley, see the works of some of the nation's most influential Black artists, discuss the Spirit of Detroit and experience the grandeur of the majestic Guardian Building. Whether you’ve lived in Detroit your whole life or are visiting for the first time, this tour will show you why Detroit is the only city in the U.S. to be named a UNESCO City of Design.

Total Walking Distance = ~2 miles

Tour Duration: ~2.5 hours

Your purchase of a ticket, tickets or redeemable gift cards to this tour support City Institute's ability to offer free public tours such as Detroit's Black History by the People That Lived It Walking Tour and our Redlining, Racism and Segregation in Detroit Virtual Tour.

Weather Policy:

Tours will occur indefinitely, rain or shine, unless a severe weather warning is issued by the national weather service on the date of the tour for the time of the tour. Weather related cancellation or ticket transfer requests will not be approved unless submitted at least 48 hours in advance of the event start time. If a severe weather warning or event causes the tour to be canceled, City Institute will offer to transfer participant tickets to another date or provide a refund.


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact [email protected] at least 2 weeks prior to your desired tour date.


Utilizing public transit or parking in long term lots or structures within a few blocks of the starting point is recommended. On-street parking is available, but availability is often very limited.

This tour is produced by City Institute. Please visit to hear interviews with Detroit residents, community leaders, and small business owners or to schedule a tour for your group on any number of topics.

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Refund Policy:

No refunds will be provided, but rescheduling options and credit towards a future booking are available on request.

Cancellation Policy:

An event can only be canceled by the venue and/or event organizer. If the venue or event organizer cancels an event, you will be refunded within 4 business days of the event date for your purchase.