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In Detroit it’s not unusual to see the work of Vincent Van Gogh as you enjoy a jog through the park, or stumble upon a beautiful landscape depicted by Claude Monet on your way to class at Wayne State University.

2015 marks the sixth year of the Detroit Institute of Arts effort to bring art to metro Detroit. Since its beginning, more than 800 reproductions of famous works of art have been installed in outdoor locations across The D, impacting more than 100 local communities.

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AANM exterior by Bruce Harkness AANM

2015 has already proven to be an exciting year for The D. We began work on the new $450 million entertainment District, continued construction on the much-anticipated M-1 RAIL streetcar and welcomed several new eateries in just a few short months.  

In addition to these new developments, Detroit’s significant past is part of what makes our city so unique. In fact, many of the city’s prominent institutions have a history that dates back to before Thomas Edison patented his first light bulb. We’ve come a long way since then, and 2015 is a great time to reflect on just how historic some of our favorite Detroit places are.

Here’s a look at some of the Detroit institutions celebrating milestone anniversaries:

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Sea Life Michigan Aquarium is one of metro Detroit’s hottest and wettest new attractions. Go nose-to-nose with more than 5,000 creatures, from stingrays to seahorses, and you’ll feel like an underwater swimmer yourself!

We chatted with Sea Life Michigan’s toothy mascot Magnus for the inside scoop on his world under the water.

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There are more than 2,500 sites across the U.S. recognized as National Historic Landmarks. These are “places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States,” according to the National Park Service. With Detroit’s rich history, we are fortunate to count several National Historic Landmarks locally. Here are a few notables to check out during your visit:

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Henry Ford Museum Clocktower and Campus sign

If you’re going to take a walk back through America’s past, spring is the time to do it. Now that the snow is melting and flowers are preparing to bloom, The Henry Ford is at its prime — and has a busy roster of exhibitions and events to draw you in.

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