Nearly two-year Covid lockdown at Dearborn's Arab American Museum ends

February 02, 2022, 6:57 AM

(Photos from museum)

Like virtually all nonessential public attractions and services, the Arab American National Museum on Michigan Avenue in Dearborn shut for health safety in mid-March 2020 as a new virus spooked the world.

Unlike the vast majority of shutdowns, this one is in its 22nd month. The cultural and history museum plans to awaken Wednesday from its lengthy hibernation, unless snow delays the comeback a few days.

The main exhibition floor

Doors have stayed closed "to protect the safety and well-being of our community," posts the 17-year-old institution, which has hosted online activities and virtual events.

At first, attendance will be limited to half-capacity to assure distancing. "We will continue to monitor the situation as it unfolds and will follow any and all recommendations from federal, state and local leaders," a reopening announcement says.

The museum, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., presents art, films, book awards and displays about the history, culture and contributions of Arab Americans. "Our exhibitions cover the Arab world and the history of Arab Americans from the first immigrants who arrived in the late 19th century to today," it says.


A two-month exhibit of fiber etchings by Yasmine Nasser Diaz of Los Angeles, opening March 28 in the main floor gallery, "reflects on coming-of-age nostalgia and Yemeni American girlhood," a description says. "Diaz addresses subjects familiar to many children of immigrants, including code-switching, plural identities and conflicting loyalties." (See video below.)

"She was setting up her installation and then we closed," museum publicist Lujine Nasralla tells Metro Times. "So we're really excited that people get to come in and see it now."

Plan a visit:

  • Where: 13624 Michigan Ave. at Schaefer Road, Deaborn 

  • Hours: Feb. 2 reopening, 2-6 p.m. | Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Saturday, noon-6 p.m.

  • Admission: $8; $4 seniors (59 and up), students, educators with ID; kids under 5 free | Cash or credit card 

  • Website:

  • Phone: (313) 429-2535

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