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The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island

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The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum is an art museum located in the historic Indian Dormitory building on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The museum's exhibits feature art inspired by Mackinac Island, including historic painting and maps, photographs from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century, Native American art and beaded garments, and contemporary art and photography from area artists.
The museum is one of many attractions in Mackinac Island State Park.
The Indian Dormitory is a Federal-style structure built at U.S. government expense on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in 1838. It was a pioneering idea in building housing for Native Americans visiting the Indian agency on the island. From 1867 until 1960, it was used as a public school, and from 1966 until 2003 as a museum of Native American culture. On July 2, 2010, it opened as the Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, operated by Mackinac State Historic Parks. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Henry Schoolcraft, Indian AgentThe Indian Dormitory is a surviving fragment of the assimilationist vision of Henry Schoolcraft, the U.S. government official supervising Native American affairs and based at Mackinac Island. Schoolcraft noticed in the early 19th century that the culture of most Native Americans centered on the hunting and gathering of food, activities which were less productive in terms of food production than agriculture.
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The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum reviews

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  • I came to this art museum as it was free after I purchased my Fort Mackinac ticket. I enjoyed many of the pictures and the paintings which depicted the vistas and the history of this island. It was... 
    I came to this art museum as it was free after I purchased my Fort Mackinac ticket. I enjoyed many of the pictures and the paintings which depicted the vistas and the history of this island. It was...  more »
  • We visited the art museum while on Mackinac Island. It is located in a small two story historic house at the east end of Main Street near Marquette Park. It had some nice art and artifacts to see and....  more
    We visited the art museum while on Mackinac Island. It is located in a small two story historic house at the east end of Main Street near Marquette Park. It had some nice art and artifacts to see and....  more »
  • Take time to visit this two-story attraction. It’s included in the buildings tour pass. Come to appreciate history of the island and some beautiful art work. 
    Take time to visit this two-story attraction. It’s included in the buildings tour pass. Come to appreciate history of the island and some beautiful art work.  more »
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  • A well maintained facility and multi era collection of the island painted, drawn and hand made object / art. Admission included with Fort Mackinaw daily pass, worth the visit. Meatly presented art. Enjoyed the self tour.
  • The art was beautiful. The building was clean and well maintained. My family really enjoyed the unique pieces they could view. My children enjoyed the interactive display to explain the Native American bead work. Unfortunately due to the rude young man at the front desk, I would not recommend visiting this location!!! That is the ONLY reason I took stars away. He was unpleasant from the second we walked into the door. He really should find a job that requires less human interaction since his behavior was enough for us to not return. He definitely ruined the experience and made it very uncomfortable to fully enjoy the displays.
  • Nice little art museum. Included in the tickets to the fort. Lower stars because the young man at the desk was ill-mannered. No "Hello" when we entered, he didn't even look up just said "tickets" and handed them back. We walked about the exhibit, unfortunately no kid activities for the day. Upon leaving, I thanked the young man and he replied with a grunt. My husband said "have a nice evening" with another grunt as a response. The man at the desk actually rushed us out shutting the door on my husband's heel. He did apologize and he quickly shut the door. Discourteous, should probably look for a job that doesn't involve human interaction.
  • It was a cute and very informational museum. I would rate higher but when we entered the building the boy at the desk was very rude. It’s like we inconvenienced him. We walked around on the first floor and then my husband asked if we can go upstairs and the boy said in a not so nice tone yes. Like we are idiots for asking. We came back downstairs to leave he asked if anyone else is upstairs I answered him and he opened the door and I told him hope he has a better day and that’s when we got the door slammed right behind us. This is not how you should treat people.
  • Small but impressive collection of art, most of it related to the island. Admission also includes several other locations.

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