Motown Records’ was founded by Berry Gordy, in 1959 in Detroit. The small flat where he lived and worked is now called Hitsville U.S.A., and it’s home to the Motown Museum. Tens of thousands of visitors pass through the home studio where he got his start each year. Visitors come from across America and throughout the world to stand in Studio A, where their favorite artists and groups recorded this much-loved music, and to view the restored upper flat where Berry Gordy lived with his young family during the company’s earliest days. The droves of fans from around the world are testimony to Motown’s legacy and to the charisma, talent and staying power of the music and those who made it.
Home to an extensive array of Motown artifacts, photographs and other memorabilia, the Museum’s mission, is to preserve the legacy of Motown Record Company and to educate and motivate people, especially youth. The Motown Museum, was founded by Esther Gordy Edwards in 1985, is one of Southeast Michigan’s most popular tourist destinations.