Free For All

  • General admission is FREE for every resident of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
  • Free bus transportation and field trips for ALL tri-county schools

Thursdays at the Museum

Every Thursday at 1 p.m., we welcome adults 55 and older for a special program including a film, lecture, art-making activity or tour followed by a complimentary coffee and cookie reception. Enjoy a different program every week.

Museum admission is always free for residents of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties and free bus transportation can be provided for any tri-county group of 25 or more. 

Find more information and schedule a group trip here >

Thursdays at the Museum is funded by the Tri-County Millage for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


Inside|Out brings high-quality reproductions of the museum’s collection to communities in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties, and throughout cities in the state of Michigan.

For more information, contact the Community Engagement department at

Education Programs

We provide professional development to more than 1,500 educators each year, and free field trips and bus transportation for more than 65,000 students in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. 

Visit our education page to learn more about programs we offer and to sign up for field trips and workshops. 

Behind the Seen

Presented by trained DIA teaching volunteers, "Behind the Seen" brings insight and engagement about the DIA's collection from the museum to your community. Talks last up to one hour and are available to adult civic and social groups, libraries, senior centers, and other community-accessible locations in metro Detroit.

To schedule a talk, contact Shannon Bawulski at 313.833.7977 or BTS talks can be scheduled free for groups in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For all others there is a $150 fee.

Please note: A screen and a room that can be darkened are required. Lecturers provide projection equipment.

Funding for Behind the Seen talks in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties is funded by the Tri-County Millage.

Partners In Public Art

The Detroit Institute of Arts’ Partners in Public Art (PIPA) program is a collaboration with municipalities and organizations throughout southeast Michigan to co-create community-driven, highly visible public works of art.

This program helps people explore their sense of community through a collaborative design and creation process, producing works of public art that express the unique stories and interests of each community.

PIPA is a popular component of the DIA’s artmaking and community engagement efforts. The DIA collaborates with six communities each year on public art projects, two in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties, respectively.

Learn more about PIPA and apply >

Other Partnerships

We are looking to create partnerships with non-profit organizations in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties to create arts-based programs and services to enrich the quality of life in our region. Click here to submit your organization's proposal. 

DIA Gives Back - Donation Requests

Thank you for your interest in the DIA Gives Back program. At this time, the DIA is operating with limited services to ensure a safe environment for our visitors and staff. As a result of these changes, the DIA Gives Back program is temporarily on hold.

Please email to be notified when the program reopens or if you have any questions. We appreciate your patience and understanding.