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Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon

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History Brief

At his death in 1905, lumber baron Charles H. Hackley created, through a bequest to Muskegon Public Schools,

and the expendable trust fund to purchase “paintings of the best kind” for display in Hackley Library, which was owned

and operated by the School Board. When it became apparent that a true art collection needed a home of its own, the

Muskegon Board of Education decided to honor Charles Hackley and his gift by constructing an art gallery.

Construction began in 1911 and was completed in 1912. In 1979, ground was broken for a $1.6 million addition to

the Hackley Art Gallery, funded by the L.C. & Margaret Walker Foundation. Construction was completed in 1980

and with that, the museum’s name was changed from the Hackley Art Gallery to the Muskegon Museum of Art. As

part of the Museum’s 2012 centennial celebration, a capital campaign was launched to raise funds for the future

financial security of the Museum in anticipation of its separation from Muskegon Public Schools, which was

planned beginning in 2010 and was completed June 30, 2014. Over $7.5 million has been raised so far for this fund.
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  • We went to this art museum on a recent trip to Muskegon. We went specifically to see the blow up inflatable contemporary art exhibit. It was displayed very well. It is a nice, small museum with some s...  more »
  • Friendly staff, nice museum. Interesting collection of artwork. Gift shop is nice, has a lot of cute local items.  more »
  • This art museum is a treasure. There is great art, ever-changing exhibits well worth seeing. Very welcoming, docents are friendly and knowledgeable. The upcoming Curtis exhibit is a must.  more »
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  • An under-utilized treasure right in the heart of Muskegon, the MMA has a fantastic collection that rivals large cities' museums. The events and special collections are always worth going out for.
  • A fine art museum showcasing classic American and European work. Featuring contemporary pieces in a variety of forms. ( painting, glass, sculpture,textile, etc.) Changing exhibits throughout the year. Home of Michigan's longest running juried exhibition.
  • A lovely little gem in southwest Michigan. They had many interesting collections, including an exhibition featuring Michigan artists. Definitely worth a visit if you're passing through.