8/17 -- The celebration will be a 4-day event. Her body will lie in state for 2 days at the Charles H. Wright museum, and her funeral will be held at Greater Grace Temple on August 31 -- just for close friends and family.
8:39 PM PT -- Family sources tell us the viewing will be an open casket. And, there will be singing ... lots of singing.
Aretha Franklin's family knows a massive turnout's expected to honor the legendary singer -- and a church just won't cut it -- so they'll hold her public viewing at a much larger venue ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the family tell us ... the memorial for the Queen of Soul will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. We're told the location was chosen to accommodate the thousands expected to show up. Aretha was also a frequent visitor.
Our sources say Aretha's family determined a traditional church service for her viewing just wasn't an option because of the projected turnout.
The museum was also the site of Rosa Parks' viewing in 2005.
As we reported ... Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with cancer.
She was 76.