Park West Museum: Detroit Art Scene's Best-Kept Secret
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Park West Museum: Detroit Art Scene’s Best-Kept Secret

April 4, 2022

Visit the Park West Museum in Southfield, one of the best collections in the United States, to see everything from Renoir and Chagall to Picasso, Dali and more.


I’ve driven past that place a million times.”That’s one of the most common responses when you ask someone from Metro Detroit if they’re familiar with the Park West Museum.

Everyone recognizes the building with its regal columns and sprawling layout—it’s a fixture as you drive down Northwestern Highway in Southfield. But not nearly as many people realize that, inside that iconic structure, you can find one of the best collections of art in the United States, and it’s available for anyone to visit, for absolutely no charge, seven days a week.

That’s why the Park West Museum is one of the most spectacular hidden gems in Detroit.

Stop by for a visit and you can spend an afternoon marveling at original paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, one of the founders of Impressionism, or exploring the largest collection of Pablo Picasso’s ceramic works on display anywhere on the planet.

You can find salons dedicated to art history legends like Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Francisco de Goya, or you can enjoy collections from many of today’s hottest contemporary artists like Peter Max, Mark Kostabi, Tim Yanke, or Michael Godard.

Park West Museum: Detroit Art Scene's Best-Kept Secret

The depth and breadth of the collections rival any other art museum in Michigan and, with over 16,000 square feet of art available to view, you can spend a fascinating day taking it all in and still have more to see when you return for a second visit.

Why is there such a world-class art museum in unassuming Southfield, Michigan? It’s all because of a man named Albert Scaglione. In 1969, Scaglione founded Park West Gallery in Southfield, which has grown over time to become the largest art dealer in the world. Park West hosts art auctions and exhibitions in vacation destinations all over the world and has permanent locations in Michigan, Las Vegas, and Hawaii.

Throughout the years, Scaglione built an impressive personal collection of art, represent-ing some of the finest artists in history, which he wanted to share with the general public. And, so, the Park West Museum was born.

Park West Museum: Detroit Art Scene's Best-Kept Secret

“I am very fortunate that I started out just trying to have a really nice art gallery and, one day, it became a museum,” Scaglione said.

Today, thanks to the creation of that museum, you can take a short drive to Southfield and, any day of the week, experience a truly spectacular selection of art. The next time, you find yourself on Northwestern Highway, swing by and spend some quality time with Picasso and Rembrandt. You won’t regret it.


29469 Northwestern Hwy, Southfield

The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sunday from 11 am to 5 pm. Michigan residents can receive a special free gift for visiting. You can get more information by calling 248-354-2343 or going to parkwestmuseum.org—where you can take a full 3D virtual tour of the entire museum.


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