Spotlight Venue {The Streets of Old Detroit: Detroit Historical Museum}

It has been a while since we have done a spotlight venue {sorry!} I promise, every Saturday until the end of the year there will be a spotlight venue!


This week we are featuring a lesser known Detroit venue, The Streets of Old Detroit in the Detroit Historical Museum.


During a recent trip to the Detroit Historical Museum I discovered “The Streets of Old Detroit”. The minute I stepped downstairs {it is the first floor of the museum} I immediately said that this would make an amazing and different wedding venue. When I got home that night I was doing some research and found out you actually can have a wedding there! You can rent out different exhibits at the Detroit Historical Museum {locations HERE} however, this post is strictly on “The Streets of Old Detroit”

This venue truthfully reminds me of an indoors Greenfield Village. Each store front is set exactly as it was way back when, and some store fronts actually allow you to go in {much like Greenfield Village} which makes an amazing backdrop for photographs.






The floors are made of cobble stone and actual tree stumps and as you’re walking down the streets- you really feel as if you are walking on a street. There are trees and branches both adorned with twinkle lights, park benches, store fronts, and mail boxes.

This venue is perfect for either a strolling reception {400 strolling guests} or an intimate wedding {150 seated guests}

The rental fee for the space is $1,500 with an additional $150 cleaning fee that will be added onto your total costs. Addition options include:

  • Docent-guided tour, as available: $25 per hour, per docent
  • Basic audio/visual package: $100 flat fee for up to 4 hours of use
  • Advanced audio/visual package: $200 flat fee for up to 4 hours of use
  • Museum store attendant: $25 per hour
  • Attended coat check: $25 per hour
  • Linen & chair cover placement by Detroit Historical Society staff: $50
  • Wedding rehearsals outside of standard business hours: $100

FAQ on events at the Detroit Historical Museum

How many hours can I rent space for?

  • Events are typically four hours in length, with an hour and half beforehand for set-up and an hour afterward for clean-up.  If you need more time, please inquire about the fee for additional hours.  Please note that evening events must end by midnight.

Is parking available for my guests?

  • Your guests may park in our 55-space, secure parking plaza adjacent to the Museum, as space is available.

May I bring my own caterer?

  • You are welcome to use any licensed caterer of your choice.  Ask our event specialist to show you our list of suggested caterers.

Does the Detroit Historical Society have a liquor license?

  • Although we do not hold a liquor license, you may serve adult beverages at your event as long as your caterer has all appropriate licensing and insurance.  Contact our event specialist for more information.

    What is included with my event rental?

  • The Society can provide the use of our on-site tables and chairs at no additional cost for indoor events.  Ask our event specialist what types are available for your use.  Access to Museum exhibits for your guests is also included at no additional cost.  Linens, décor, food and beverages must be provided by an outside vendor.

More FAQ can be found HERE

Their suggested caterers can be found HERE


To find out more information on having your next event or your wedding at the Detroit Historical Museum contact their event planner at: 313.833.1733

Besides having your wedding here, wouldn’t this make a great location for engagement pictures? But that is a post for another day 😉


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