The Detroit Institute of Arts Museum (DIA) is a multi-billion dollar collection of 100 fine arts galleries that was named a National Historic Place in the United States.
Located at the Wayne State University, the museum is one of several installations included in the well maintained Detroit Cultural Center Historic District surrounding Woodward Avenue. The East Ferry Avenue Historic District just east of the DIA is refurbished and preserved, containing nwer townhouses among 19th-century mansions. Over 200 adults and youth manage garden plots in the professionally landscaped Community Gardens, especially around the DIA and neighborhoods to the east.
With collections worth billions of dollars, the museum earns many additional billions in income each year from agreements to show art pieces and exhibits that include historic works. The art is held in the public trust and is not permittted to be sold or auctioned to help the city pay bankruptcy debts. In fact, citizens, artistis, and auction houses are outraged at the thought. See some of the selections and history at: