Preservation Detroit 

Detroit Heritage Weekly Walking Tours - only through September

Special Annual Tours


DOCOMOMO Yamasaki in Detroit | Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1pm

Minoru Yamasaki, Detroit’s best-known midcentury architect, left his mark all over the city. This tour, offered once per year to the public, explores Yamasaki’s legacy in Midtown and the Cultural Center, including stops at Wayne State University’s magnificent McGregor Conference Center and reflecting pool.


Parking: Metered and non metered street parking is available in the immediate area. Paid parking is also available at the Park Shelton parking structure and DIA parking structure and lot.


When: Sunday, October 13, 1:00 pm. Please arrive at 12:45 pm. All tours take place rain or shine.

Where: Josephine Ford Sculpture Garden, located at John R and Kirby behind the DIA, on the College for Creative Studies campus

Advance ticket purchases are available until 3pm the Friday before the tour. Tickets may be refunded up to 7 days prior to the date of a tour; after that, tickets are not refundable.


For any and all tours we offer, we request that groups of more than 6 purchase advance tickets. You can purchase tickets and find more details here.


Historic Cemetery Tours | 2019 dates below

A different cemetery on 4 different dates in October! Learn the history and stories behind the famous (and infamous) buried within Detroit’s cemeteries. Marvel at the historic architecture of the mausoleums and headstones. Further details for each tour is available at the ticket links below.

  • Woodlawn Cemetery | October 5 | Tickets

  • Elmwood Cemetery | October 12 | Tickets

  • Mt. Elliot Cemetery | October 19 | Tickets

  • Mt. Olivet Cemetery | October 26 | Tickets


Preservation Detroit MotorCities Downtown Auto History Tour | 2020 Tour Info TBD


With its rich automotive history, Detroit offers a unique opportunity to explore in depth the stories that shaped the city. Preservation Detroit’s MotorCities Downtown Auto History Tour will guide guests on a walking history lesson, made lively by the characters that populate Detroit’s early 20th century streets. We’ll explore the sites of the birth of the automobile, from the Dodge Brother’s Greektown engine shop to Hart Plaza’s magnificent Transcending sculpture in honor of the labor industry. We’ll visit monuments to great figures in the transportation history of the Midwest and discover how the automobile shaped our city’s streets and public places. And we’ll hear the stories of the captains of industry and the everyday laborers who built the Motor City from the ground up. 


The two-hour walking tour takes place on the second Sunday of every month beginning at 1 pm. The tour meets in Grand Circus Park.



The Detroit Movie Palaces Theatre Tour | 2020 Tour Info TBD


Don’t miss one of Michigan’s most unique and popular walking tours. Join us for a wonderful day of behind-the-scenes tours at Detroit’s legendary movie palaces. Past tours have included the Fox, the Gem, the Detroit Opera House, and the Michigan Theatre, among other legendary movie houses. This is one of Preservation Detroit’s most anticipated tours. The Theatre Tour sells out every year!