Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City

The Dennos Museum Center seeks to engage, entertain and enlighten its audiences through the collection of art, and the presentation of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts.

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is a premier cultural facility in northern Michigan offering a dynamic array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences and performing arts. Opened in 1991, the Museum Center features three changing exhibit galleries and an elegant sculpture court; a unique hands-on Discovery Gallery and a renowned Inuit Art Gallery; and the acoustic delight of Milliken Auditorium. Visit the Museum Store for great museum shopping including a fine selection of Inuit art for collectors.

The Museum's signature collection is Inuit art of the Canadian Arctic, one of the largest and most historically complete collections of these distinctive sculptures and prints in the United States. A significant collection of outdoor sculptures by noted international and Michigan artist surrounds the Museum on the beautiful campus of Northwestern Michigan College. In 2000, the Dennos Museum Center was recognized by ArtServe Michigan with the Governor's Award for Arts and Culture.
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  • September 19, 2017
    Had some time to kill in Traverse City, thought I'd see if they had an art museum. The Dennos Center is on the campus of NW Michigan University. I realize that special exhibits change, but for me this...  more »
  • August 23, 2017
    Been here for many events and exhibits and I always enjoy it. Very nice, comfortable auditorium! Parking is the only downfall. Get there early for an event or plan on walking.  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    Great Inuit art. We have become members and hence they send us notes about upcoming eveents and sales.  more »
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  • April 8, 2017
    This weekend's Artists' Studio Spring Clean Up Sale has great prices at the Dennos Museum April 7-9, 2017. It is a wonderful place to visit on vacation with the kids. It is a perfect indoor place that will not tire or bore anyone.
  • December 29, 2016
    It is a beautiful facility, very welcoming with a gathering place in the center. There is an interactive area where children can play. The exhibits are very well done and the auditorium was comfortable and had excellent acoustics.
  • June 17, 2016
    Awesome exhibits of Inuit art and other traveling exhibits. Tall ceilings and cool architecture. Also a great auditorium for music or events.
  • March 17, 2017
    "Great facility For kid"s"
  • September 12, 2016
    We saw a very lovely Inuit art collection here once.

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