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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the DIA

  • Detroit Institute of Arts 5200 Woodward Avenue Detroit, MI, 48202 United States (map)

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. exclusively for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15 with activities for visitors of all ages. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. "Monet: Framing Life" and "Church: A Painter's Pilgrimage" will be also be open and free to the public. See a complete list of events below. 
Art-making: Create and Donate Notebooks, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
In honor of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, create pamphlet-stitch notebooks—one to be donated to a local school and one for yourself. 

Film: "King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis." 1 p.m.
Constructed from a wealth of archival footage, the Oscar® nominated King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery To Memphis is a monumental documentary that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. Rare footage of Dr. King's speeches, protests, and arrests are interspersed with scenes of high-profile supporters and opponents of the cause. Restored to full-length by the Library of Congress, the complete version of King is a cinematic national treasure that gives viewers an appreciation of the personal challenges he endured and the cultural legacy he left behind. Admission is free.

The "Big Picture" Guided Tour, 1 p.m.
Take a free guided tour of the DIA's collection, with a focus on the African-American galleries. Tours depart from the Great Hall.