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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 the Muskegon Museum of Art to see the Curtis exhibit. It was well curated, and very interesting and thorough. We did go to the gallery to view the paintings from the current collection as w...  more »
  • To be honest, I hesitate to write this review because my impressions of the Museum are completely colored by its current photography exhibit. My wife and I, along with two good friends, drove from Chi...  more »
  • This is a great little art museum filled with local art as well as art by some nationally known artists. Info desk was super helpful, even the teenagers enjoyed the exhibits. Great little gift shop to...  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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