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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  • Cute little museum. If your in Muskegon and want something to do this is definitely worth the money. Took us around an 1 - 1.5 hrs to get though and was very educational. I quite enjoyed it.
  • Just a fantastically great small museum venue. The Edward G. Curtis exhibition was out of this world. Beautifully put together.
  • Curtis North American Indian exhibit...Very interesting. Moving photos of our native people, intriguing story of the man who saw the importance of memorializing them.
  • Very clean staff is well-informed and the Art Is Beautiful it is emotionally impactful and one walks away feeling blessed
  • Very interesting exhibition of photographs. It may take at least one more visit to absorb it all.

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