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Dennos Museum Center

1410 College Drive, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI 49686
231-995-1055
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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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Marquette, Michigan
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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12 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
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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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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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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

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Art escapes from flat canvas at the Dennos Museum and erupts in paper, glass, wire, lighting, fiber, stone and whatever media the fresh mind of new artists from all over the world have discovered. Whenever I'm in Traverse City, I go to the Dennos Art Museum first before all the great food places and the waterfront. And I go back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The museum is on the college campus. There is designated parking for the museum. The exhibits I saw were varied. Two were paper sculpture. There were films of both artists and we got to see the artists at work then see the finished piece in the exhibit. FASCINATING!!! another artist was Ann Loveless who has been the Michigan Art Prize... More

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