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 stopped here on a whim. I had no idea there would be an exhibit of local artists. I was very impressed. The art was very good. If you go be sure to stop at the park nearby to see the statues. Very ...  more »
  • This museum has lovely works of art on display. The people there are friendly and love their museum. The shop in the lower level has really good offerings for sale - some humorous, some fun things for...  more »
  • This is one of the best small museums I have visited. Worth an hour or two. Good variety of local and not so local art  more »
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  • Had the privilege of seeing the Edward S. Curtis, THE NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN EXHIBIT, at the Muskegon Museum of Art. It was excellent for lack of a better word. Educational beyond major, beautiful, and detailed. Thank you for the unforgettable displays, the maps, pictures, and the works of Mr Curtis. The work of the Muskegon Museum of Art, is so appreciated along with all that are involved to make it happen. A big thank you to my sister for asking me all. A must see. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Lovely museum just the right size for this small city. AND, they put on an AWESOME exhibit of Curtis' Native American photographs. Included lots of insight on his style, the way he went about acquiring photos, and some good historical context to help us better "read" the photos -- yes, they were staged; but yes, too, he definitely caught something deep in the human emotions and dignity of his subjects. HURRY this exhibit ends soon I believe.
  • Very nice place. My husband and I went from the area but the kids were gone so we went to muskegon to check it out. We walked in an hour before closing and she only charged us half price
  • great regional. so many talented artists in our area. Thank you Judy Haynor. for so many wonderful artistic moments throughout your career. You have left us with so many gifts.
  • Very nice..they have tour guides and its free on thursday nights

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