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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 really enjoyed the special exhibit of the Edward Curtis photogravures from the Muskegon collection. It is a special treat to view the entire collection as well as original copper plates and native ...  more »
  • The Edward S. Curtis exhibit is absolutely stunning!! Do not miss it. The exhibit takes up all but one room of the museum, so that should be your main focus. Be sure to read the history as you go alon...  more »
  • Wonderful old photos of North American Indians by photographer Curtis. Great gift shop with gifts by local artist!  more »
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  • 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.
  • Great visit to see the Edward S. Curtis photo exhibit. Highly recommended.
  • Amazing Native American exhibit. Quality institution for decades.
  • Festival of Trees was just beautiful! Some nice collections, we wandered around for a while. Gorgeous art glass.
  • This is a Big League art museum for a small, growing town. Muskegon Museum of Art brings great art to west Michigan. And I love their gift shop!