Join the Detroit Historical Society for an evening of remarkable history, Detroit-centric food and fabulous entertainment with the Re-Opening Gala at the Detroit Historical Museum from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

“This is a very exciting time at the Detroit Historical Society," said Bob Bury, CEO and executive director of the Detroit Historical Society. “We’re proud to welcome our donors and patrons for a sophisticated evening, as we celebrate the completion of the newly renovated Detroit Historical Museum.”

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by WJR Radio Host Paul W. Smith and featuring Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Bob Bury, and Honorable Co-Chairs Maggie and Bob Allesee, Marcia and Eugene Applebaum, Marlene and John A. Boll and Ann and James B. Nicholson, who will present the newly renovated museum to the city for the first time.

Guests will enjoy the sounds of The Contours, Ben Sharkey and Marion Hayden, while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and a strolling dinner prepared by gourmet caterer Forte Belanger.

From 7-10 p.m. guests will stroll the museum and its new exhibits, including Detroit: The Arsenal of Democracy, The Allesee Gallery of Culture, The Gallery of Innovation and the Kid Rock Music Lab, as well as the revamped and enhanced Streets of Old Detroit, Doorway to Freedom and Motor City exhibits.

Three levels of tickets are available, offering each patron a unique event-going experience ending at 11 p.m.:

Legend Ticket – Legend level guests will enjoy an intimate VIP soiree and ribbon-cutting ceremony, as well as the strolling dinner and live entertainment, for $1,000 per person. Legends are invited to enjoy the entire celebration, starting at 6 p.m. Patron Ticket – Patron level guests are invited to mingle with Detroit legends, enjoy live entertainment and a strolling dinner for $500 per person. Patrons are invited to join the celebration beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Next Generation Ticket – Next Generation level guests will join an after-hours party featuring Detroit-made bourbons and beers, dessert, late-night snacks and live entertainment, with dancing, for $150 per person. Next Generation ticketholders may join the festivities at 9 p.m.

The Re-Opening Gala begins the countdown to the official public re-opening of the Detroit Historical Museum on Nov. 23. The museum has been closed for renovation since May, as part of the Society’s Past>Forward campaign, a fundraising effort to raise $20.1 million towards new and expanded exhibits, technology upgrades, educational offerings and enhancements to the Detroit Historical Museum, Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the Detroit Historical Society Collection. The upgrades and improvements funded by the campaign represent the first major renovations of this scale since the museum was expanded in the 1960s.

To purchase tickets to the Gala or to learn more about the event, visit or call 313.833.1801.

Detroit Historical Society

The Detroit Historical Society is a private, nonprofit organization located in Midtown, the heart of Detroit’s cultural center. Founded in 1921, its mission is to educate and inspire our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region’s shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences. Today, the Society operates the Detroit Historical Museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. In addition, the Society is responsible for the conservation and preservation of more than 250,000 artifacts that represent three centuries of our region’s rich history. Through its museum exhibits, school tour programs, community-based programs and history-themed outreach efforts, the society serves more than 100,000 people annually. For more information on the Detroit Historical Society, visit


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