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Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • Although a small art museum, we thought it was great. One can tour the entire building in about an hour and a half. They had 2 exhibits beyond their permanent collection. Both were enjoyable. We were ...  read more »
  • My friend and I stopped by the art museum to see the Bull's Eye Quilt Show. The quilts were colorful and impressive. Even though each one had the same theme(bull's 'eye quilts), they were extremely di...  read more »
  • This is an art museum I visit every year when I am on the west side of the state. Being small, it is family friendly. There is a captivating Edward Hopper painting in their permanent collection that s...  read more »
  • 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.
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