Berry Gordy donates $4M for Motown Museum expansion in Detroit

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Posted at 4:35 AM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 10:42:39-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Motown Museum is getting multi-million dollar donation to make the experience even “groovier” than it already is.

The money is coming from no other than the founder of Motown: Berry Gordy.

Gordy just donated $4 million dollars to this expansion project. The house, on West Grand Boulevard, is where Gordy built his music empire.

New improvements would include: interactive exhibits, a state of the art performance center, a recording studio and more retail space all within 50,000 square feet.

The plans to expand have been in the works since 2016. The project is estimated to cost $50 million.

According to the Motown Museum, Berry Gordy’s donation is the largest individual donation towards the project to date.

“I’m excited about the future of Motown Museum and happy to support it,” said Motown Founder, Berry Gordy. “Not only will the expanded museum entertain and tell the stories of talented and creative people who succeeded against all odds, but it will also inspire and create opportunity for people to explore their dreams the way I did mine. I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of that.”

No word yet on when construction would start.

The donation coincides with Motown’s 60th Anniversary.