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Dennos Museum Center

Address: 1410 College Drive, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone Number: 231-995-1055
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum Center offers an ongoing...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Shopping
Owner description: Located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum Center offers an ongoing array of changing exhibits in the arts and sciences. The museum holds and exhibits one of the largest and most historically complete collections of stone sculpture, prints and drawings by the Inuit artists of the Canadian Arctic, in the United States. Its hands-on Discover Gallery features interactive engagement with the arts and sciences. The museum produces a concert series of blues, jazz and world music and other entertainment forms each year from September to May in the center’s 367 seat Milliken Auditorium and hosts performances by other community groups throughout the year.

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Saint Louis
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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

The museum is easy to find, has a helpful staff and, if my two visits, (five months apart are demonstrative), they have very interesting exhibits. It seems they are focused on exhibiting Asian artists and that they lean towards more contemporary works. They also have in interesting Inuit collection and a children's section as well. Both times I visited, I... More 

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Grandville, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This college museum functions as a place where local artists have shown their work, from children, instructors and other residing adults. There are often selected shows with unique themes, for example the current paper sculpture works on display and the 3D glass sculptures. This museum promotes and encourages art work in the local area.

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Marquette, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

We visited this museum specfically to see a collection that was on exhibit. It is a nicely curated, small museum. Definitely worth checking out.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Dennos is a bit of a hidden treasure in Traverse City. As locals, we pop in a few times a year to see the exhibits and the unique gift shop is always worth a visit. But I often wonder how many tourists add it to their list. With the thrill of wine tours, breweries, and fun-in-the-sun, I hope visitors to... More 

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Plymouth, Michigan
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

A trip to this museum is a must for me every time I go to the Traverse City area. Outstanding exhibits, a permanent Inuit art collection, and a fabulous gift shop!

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Haslett, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

My husband and I visited during the exhibits by Ken Scott, the Cape Dorset artists, and the light and paper artists. We enjoyed all the exhibits and were impressed by the high quality of the work and the way the objects were presented. The Discovery Room provides hands-on fun that will appeal to adults as well as children.The building itself... More 

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Beulah, MI
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The Dennos Museum is a small place, but packed with a punch!! The current exhibits are Li HongBo (Beijing) and Matt Shlian (Ann Arbor): Stacked and Folded - Paper as Sculpture and Chul Hyun Ahn, a Korean artist: Infinite Space is an eye opener. His works are illusionary. These men have created amazing art. You have to see it to... More 

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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We love this museum and make a point of visiting every time we're in Traverse City. Rain or Shine. We've visited when our children were very young and have continued the tradition as our kids have grown. The Dennos Museum has an interesting and unique exhibit every year and my entire family enjoys the Children's/Family section. This Museum has never... More 

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Cleveland Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

The inuit cape dorset prints and sculpture are gorgeous and they have a lovely collection. A good hour and a half in total.

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Sarasota, FL
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This museum is in a beautiful setting within Northwestern Michigan University. There were 3 exhibits on loan from NYC and Boston when we were there and all 3 were impressive and interesting. It was well worth the nominal entrance fee. We spent about an hour and a half and didn't want to leave. We will definitely return.

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JennemanE, General Manager at Dennos Museum Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and comments. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at the Dennos. Just to clarify where the exhibitions you saw came from - the major exhibitions featured Li Hongbo from Beijing (New York Gallery) and Matt Shlian from Ann Arbor, Michigan. We also had work by Korean artist Chul Hyun Ahn who lives... More 

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