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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 2013
Type: Art 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... more » 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. « less
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Merida, Mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014 via mobile

This little museum can be seen in a very short amount of time, but the temporary Dancing Paper exhibit is more than worth seeing. Pop-up children's books, some dating as far back as the 1880's make for a delightful eye catching display. For anyone with children or anyone who loved such books as a child. Inuit art also interesting. Was... More

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London, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

It was wonderful to spend entire days and into the night at this beautiful museum. They always have a wide variety of exhibits and theater presentations aimed at pleasing the entire family. And they have a great gift shop.

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Westland, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

If you've been to any other local history museums in the Midwest, its essentially the same. There are artifacts pertaining to American Indians, what the city did during the major conflicts of the 20th century, and the basis of their economy throughout its history. With a five dollar admission charge (justifiable if they don't get any funds from the city)... More

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

Thank you for your review of our local History Center, however this is a different facility in our community and not connected to or part of the Dennos Museum Center. I invite you to visit the Dennos Museum Center on your next visit, and of course encourage you to continue to enjoy the History Center as well. More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

In a town as small as Traverse City, you don't expect to find a world-class museum. It's purpose-built, on the college campus. Its collection is built around Inuit carvings and art that must have been assembled over years. I wish there was more information about the artists and the community in which they live/d. I am also curious to know... More

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

Thank you for your review and comments on the Dennos Museum Center. I would like to clarify your statement about special exhibitions and Inuit art. Inuit art is our major permanent collection and we have one gallery (about 1,800 sq. ft.) devoted to it as you will see when you visit the museum. We have three galleries (4,500 sq. ft.... More

Cincinnati, Ohio
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58 reviews 58 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This was our first visit to this cute little museum. We went for the juried show of art regarding the sleeping bear dunes. That exhibit was wonderful. It was not just paintings but also fabric paintings and other items, really a mixed media show. We like Inuit art and enjoyed the Inuit drawings on display. There was a short film... More

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Michigan
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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

The Bird of Paradise exhibit was the only saving grace at this museum. If it wasn't for that exhibit, we would have been very disappointed esp. as admission was $10 per person. Took us about an hour and we had seen everything. The Intuit exhibit was basically paintings and ceramics - not much information on the tribe.

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

Thank you for your review and comments on the museum. For clarification the admission price was increased only during this exhibition run for the purpose of covering the considerable additional expenses to bring an exhibition of the stature of Birds of Paradise to the Dennos from National Geographic. This was an exceptional opportunity to bring such a unique and outstanding... More

Livonia, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We were so pleasantly pleased with our visit to the Dennos Museum center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan University. The National Geographic traveling exhibit dedicated to the 39 species of Birds of Paradise was fantastic. The layout was perfect, the staff was friendly and the information presented all combined to equal a great learning experience and visit. Don't miss... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We visited the Dennos immediately after the open of the Birds of Paradise exhibit, which was absolutely extraordinary. I've visited museums in Chicago, Washington D.C., and Boston, but the Dennos is one of my favorites. The Birds of Paradise exhibit was extraordinarily well thought out and put together, making for an informative and entertaining multi-media experience. The rest of the... More

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Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Found out they are having the "Birds of Paradise" exhibit right now. This is worth the price of admission. This is the story of the two biologists (one from Hope College in West Michigan) who documented all 37 varieties of the Birds of Paradise. Lots of great video footage. Interesting exhibits.

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St Louis, Missouri
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108 reviews 108 reviews
43 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I love Inuit Art and the people at the Museum were wonderful to me. I really really enjoyed my visit.

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