The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is providing free bus transportation to and from the museum on Saturday, April 9 for Oakland County residents as part of “County Days,” offered twice a year for residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. The popular County Days are made possible by support from tri-county residents.
Visitors can browse the collection; see the dynamic special exhibition “Dance! American Art 1830–1960,” containing 90 dance-inspired works from the 19th and 20th centuries by famed American artists, at no cost; view “Fifty Years of Collecting: Detroit Institute of Arts’ Friends of Prints, Drawings and Photographs Anniversary Exhibition”; and take in “Detroit Weather: 365 Days,” a video by Susan Goethel Campbell that documents one year of weather in Detroit and the effect of weather on the surrounding environment. New this year, visitors can take docent-led tours of the African collection, the newly revamped Ancient Middle East gallery, the Dutch collection or the Inspired By Italy galleries. The DIA studio will be offering an art-making workshop as another activity for visitors to do.
There are several dining options at the museum. CaféDIA offers entrees, a decked-out salad bar, grill station, sandwiches and scrumptious desserts. Kresge Court diners can enjoy gourmet snacks, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Both restaurants offer a variety of beverages, including Starbucks coffee, beer and wine.
Shopping is always a fun part of the DIA experience. The museum shop carries a selection of art-related items, many of which cannot be found in other area stores.
Buses leave sites from around the county with convenient parking available at each departure location. Roundtrip transportation and admission are free, but reservations are required. To reserve a spot, call 313-833-4005 or go to tickets.dia.org.
Oakland County locations and schedule:
Auburn Hills Community Center, 1827 N. Squirrel Rd.—Van Gogh Bus
Bus departs community center at 9:30 a.m.; departs DIA at 2 p.m.
South Lyon High School, 1000 N. Lafayette St.—Degas Bus
Bus departs high school at 9:30 a.m.; departs DIA at 2 p.m.
Clarkston Independence District Library, 6495 Clarkston Rd.—Monet Bus
Bus departs library at 9:30 a.m.; departs DIA at 2 p.m.
Farmington City Hall, 23600 Liberty St.—Matisse Bus
Bus departs City Hall at 10 a.m.; departs DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Wixom Community Center, 49015 Pontiac Trail—Picasso Bus
Bus departs community center at 10 a.m.; departs DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Downtown Pontiac parking lot, 50 Wayne St.—Warhol Bus
Bus departs parking lot at 10 a.m.; departs DIA at 2:30 p.m.
Museum Hours and Admission
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesdays–Thursdays, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. General admission (excludes ticketed exhibitions) is free for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county residents and DIA members. For all others, $12.50 for adults, $8 for seniors ages 62+, $6 for ages 6–17. For membership information, call 313-833-7971.