The museum is the only Michigan institution to be named a National Medal Winner from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Only two other museums in Michigan have received the award: Artrain USA in Ann Arbor in 2006 and The Henry Ford in Dearborn in 1998.
“Receiving this prestigious award is an important moment for us but also for Detroit and for all of our partners who lent their perspectives and expertise to this transformational effort,” said Bob Bury, Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Society, the nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Historical Museum.
The exhibition, titled "Detroit 67: Perspectives," took nearly two years to put together before being unveiled to the public in June 2017. It will continue through 2019 and then expected to travel to maximize the reach.
To celebrate the award, the museum is offering free facilitated experience tours of the exhibit on May 5 and 6.