This Week @ the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), December 22-28, 2015

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When Marnie Was There
Saturday through Monday at 3 & 7 p.m.
(Japan/2014-directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi) The newest feature from Japan’s famed Studio Ghibli (Spirited Away) is a sweeping story of friendship, mystery and discovery with all the emotion and breathtaking animation Ghibli is known for. When shy Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion inhabited by a mysterious girl named Marnie. Admission is free for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. (104 min.) read more

especially for families 

Puppet Performance: Microscope Toy Theatre
Saturday-Monday at Noon & 2 p.m.
Join Yulya Dukhovny of Microscope Toy Theatre in an incredible journey that follows a child’s unaddressed letter across the world. Star in a Glass Jar, a paper-miniature performance inspired by the Japanese storytelling tradition of Kamishibai, is a wonderful holiday event for the whole family. After each performance, audience members have the opportunity to create a paper character from the show and speak with the artist. Lecture Hall, 1st level. read more

special exhibition

30 Americans

Through January 18, 2016
A dynamic exhibition of contemporary art by African American artists, 30 Americans explores issues of racial, political, historical and gender identity in contemporary culture. See more than 50 paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video drawn from the Rubell Family Collection, created by many of the most important African American artists working over the past 30 years. read more

Fifty Years of Collecting: Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Anniversary Exhibition
Through Saturday, June 18, 2016
The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of its long-standing auxiliary support groups, Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs (FPDP). Schwartz Galleries of Prints and Drawings, 1st level. read more

Detroit Weather: 365 Days

Through April 24, 2016
Detroit Weather: 365 Days is a 90-minute video by Susan Goethel Campbell. The two-channel video comprises thousands of still images taken every minute, 24 hours a day, for one year, enabling the viewer to see how weather patterns come and go and move in all directions. Special Exhibition Galleries Central, 2nd level. read more

museum shop
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drop-in workshops

Holiday Puppet Workshops: Pencil Puppets
Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Have fun creating your own puppet characters from self-hardening modeling material. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.

Drawing in the Galleries
Artist/instructors help participants create drawings to take home. read more

Sunday, Noon-4 p.m., Native American, 1st level

Holiday Puppet Workshops: Spider Marionette
Sunday from Noon-4 p.m.
Use felt, ribbon and a tongue depressor to create a whimsical spider marionette. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.

Holiday Puppet Workshops: Handkerchief Marionettes
Monday from Noon-4 p.m.
Make a simple puppet on strings using a handkerchief, colorful markers and various art materials. Webber Education Wing, 1st level.


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Big Picture Guided Tour
1 p.m.


Big Picture Guided Tour
1 p.m.


Christmas Eve
Museum closed

Christmas Day
Museum closed

Drop-In Workshop: Pencil Puppets
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Puppets: Microscope Toy Theatre
Noon & 2 p.m.
Big Picture Guided Tour
1 & 3 p.m.
Family Tour
1 & 3 p.m.
Film: When Marnie Was There
3 & 7 p.m.

ford Sunday
Drawing in the Galleries
Noon-4 p.m.
Drop-In Workshop: Spider Marionette
Noon-4 p.m.
Puppets: Microscope Toy Theatre
Noon & 2 p.m.
Big Picture Guided Tour
1 & 3 p.m.
Family Tour
1 & 3 p.m.
Film: When Marnie Was There
3 & 7 p.m.

Drop-In Workshop: Handkerchief Marionette
Noon-4 p.m.

Big Picture Guided Tour
1 p.m.

Puppets: Microscope Toy Theatre
Noon & 2 p.m.
Film: When Marnie Was There
3 & 7 p.m.

Support the DIA


Your membership and donations are critical to the museum’s success.




Detroit Institute of Arts 
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Museum admission is free for all residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.
Museum admission is free to DIA members.
Contact the Membership Helpline at 313.833.7971 or [email protected]
$12.50 adults, $8 seniors, $6 youth (6-17), $7 college students, free for children 5 and under.
Extended Holiday Hours
Saturday, Dec. 26: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 27: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 28: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 30: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Regular Museum Hours
Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Thursday: 9 a.m – 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m – 10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 10 a.m – 5 p.m.
Ford Sundays
Thanks to the Ford Motor Company Fund, the DIA offers special programs for visitors every Sunday. Special exhibitions and select programming may carry an additional charge
Box Office 313.833.4005
CaféDIA 313.833.7966
Museum Shop 313.833.7944
Detroit Film Theatre
Admission: $9.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, students and DIA members.
Selected matinees (DFT 101, Animation Club): $5, free to DIA members presenting membership card at door.
DFT discount pass cards, valid for five admissions are $35.
DFT info line: 313.833.3237
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