History & Museums

If you love classic cars, motorcycles, and automotive history, Ypsilanti is the place for you! Located 36 miles away from Detroit, the city of Ypsilanti has a rich history of rear-engines, hatchbacks, hardtops, and more.

There are endless ways to honor history, especially the automotive sort, in Ypsi. Some of the exciting museums in Ypsilanti include the Automotive Heritage Museum and former Hudson Dealership, the Michigan Firehouse Museum, showcasing over 26,000 sq. ft. of fire-fighting history in a former Firehouse.

The Ypsilanti Historical Museum is home to Ypsi artifacts fit for history lovers, and the Yankee Air Museum located at the former Willow Run Bomber Plant showcasing historic aircraft and highlighting Ypsi’s role in aviation history. While you’re here, stop by The Bomber Restaurant, which served B-24 workers during WWII.

Ypsilanti's Black history is recognized with murals, landmarkers, and sculptures highlighting significant contributions from Ypsilanti residents, as well as points of interest, and how it has shaped culture here in Ypsi. Some of these markers include Elijah McCoy's "The Real McCoy", the Black Heritage Signage Project, and public art celebrating local women from Ypsi's years past. 

Ypsilanti is the best destination to experience history in ways that are fun, hands-on, and sure to teach you a thing or two.

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