The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum, Mackinac Island

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4.3/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
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.HistoryThe 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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  • We got free admission to this by buying our ticket to the fort. It was a nice gallery but very small. It depicted scenes on the island in different types of art styles. The front stairs are very steep...  read more »
  • Nicely done display of old maps and photographs in a building that used to be a dormitory for Native American students. 
  • Mostly Michigan artists, but very good. I think it just opened this year or perhaps last year. If you go around the back there is a handicap ramp and there is an elevator if you can't climb steps.