The museum hosted a similar viewing for the civil rights icon Rosa Parks after her 2005 death.
"What we wanted to do is be reflective of the Queen", Green said. "She has a attractive smile".
Aretha Franklin's funeral will be available to view both online and on television. I mean, what else is there to say about the Queen of Soul, beyond "MADONNA"?
Fans strolled by the coffin, some in tears. The casket is surrounded by roses of varying colors.
Tammy Gibson, 49, from Chicago, said she arrived at about 5.30am. She came alone but made fast friends with others who sang and reminisced.
"I was a fan of her music".
Howard said Franklin's niece, Chrystal, heard people were spending the night outside so she stopped by about 1 a.m. with some bottled water and White Castle hamburgers.
Melissa Howard flew to Detroit from Austin, Texas, on Monday to be sure she secured her place in line.
It is said that her body is being displayed alongside a lovely floral arrangement.
Carolyn Adkisson, 52, of Detroit said she grew up with one of Franklin's sons, and attended high school with him. The service organisation of predominantly black women plans a private ceremony in honour of Franklin.
Organizers said it's the flawless way to show the Queen of Soul respect in honor of her death.
Franklin's gospel recordings played in the background as mourners paying their respect approached her casket, pausing as they cried, crossed themselves, bowed their heads or blew kisses to the late singer.
For all the formality, Ms Owens said the viewings are meant to be welcoming and accessible for legions of fans.
Franklin had strong loyalty to her family and fans to her last days. "She had a sound that no one else had, and that is what got her to where she was". "She was a fighter - she fought this disease hard, all the way to the end".
The loss of Aretha Franklin has been felt greatly by the Detroit community and worldwide. "She's always been here".
More 100 pink Cadillacs will be on hand for Aretha Franklin's funeral on Friday, Aug. 31, according to WXYZ. "There was no way we'd miss paying our respects". "She touched so many people and it's just a blessing", he told Local 4 News.