Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), also known as Detroit Museum of Art, is particularly popular for its largest and significant collection of art among United States. Being the architects' interest, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been awarded as the 6th largest museum of the US. It comprises of a large collection that has both multicultural as well as multinational value in terms of human creativity ranging from prehistoric times to 21st century.
Considered and listed as one of significant place in the National Register of Historic Places, the DIA entails an area more than 6lakh sq. ft, which is at present undertaking through an extension of another 77thousand sq. ft. It is located in Detroit Cultural Center which is approximately 3 kilometer north to Downtown and closer to Wayne State University
The DIA was founded in 1885 in Jefferson Avenue. However, due to the rapid development and increasing collection, it moved to a larger area on Woodward Avenue during 1927. The building constructed on Woodward Avenue was known as the 'temple of art'. It was designed by Paul Cret. During 1960 and 1970, the institute went through significant changes when two wings have been added. Since 1999 major renovations have been initiated and this has a defined schedule for finishing in 2007
Being one of the largest in collection, the museum amasses more than 65 thousand works altogether. The specialty of the museum does not involve any specific category; rather it is a combination of variety that may range from ancient Egypt to contemporary ones. DIA comprises one of the most impressive and influential collections which leads them to receive the crown of third position amongst all the museums in the US. The museum proudly includes the first painting of Van Gogh, his self-portrait - the first painting amongst all the Van Gogh's articulations which ever entered into US museum compilations. Being rich of all significant works from different nations such as Africa, Asia, and Native America including Oceanic, Islamic and Ancient art; the museum has a great collection of different styles and patterns.