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Dennos Museum Center

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Address: 1410 College Drive, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI 49686
Phone Number: 231-995-1055
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Description: Located on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum...
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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This was about the third time we've been there over twenty years, and thoroughly enjoyed it again. Their Inuit collection is truly outstanding, can't say enough positives about... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Escanaba, Michigan
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34 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This was about the third time we've been there over twenty years, and thoroughly enjoyed it again. Their Inuit collection is truly outstanding, can't say enough positives about it. They also had four other exhibits there too. The staff were very friendly both in the museum and gift shop.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It was a pleasure to become a supporter of this fine and important Traverse City ikon. I have attended concerts, receptions, gallery openings and various other events and enjoyed them all.

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Arlington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Great permanent collection of Inuit art, mostly from Cape Dorset where art is the major cash crop (some is sold at the museum's gift shop). Handsome, modernistic building. The Inuit art occupies only one wing. The temporary collection of skateboard art that occupied two wings was less impressive.

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Circleville, Ohio
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

We visited the museum center based off of the reviews of this site. It was a total mistake. I would rate lower if possible. There are basically four rooms of exhibits which you could view the same quality at a high school art show. The cost is $6 a person and you will spend less than an hour here. Save... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The Dennos is a small museum with a good collection of paintings, sculpture, and local artifacts. Sometimes hosts small traveling exhibits. On campus of NW Mich College and just 10 mins from downtown TC. Adjacent Milliken Auditorium has about 1000 seats and hosts plays and community events.

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

Thank you for your recent review of the Dennos Museum Center. We deeply appreciate your taking the time to tell others, via this site, about the museum. I must make one correction to your review. The Milliken Auditorium has 367seats in addition to handicapped seating areas, not the 1,000 seats you had estimated. Thank you again for your review and... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a nice place to go for a bit of culture and sophistication in TC. The curators do a really great job finding interesting shows to come in for short periods of time. I have often wandered through the exhibition space while awaiting a performance in the Milliken Auditorium. It's well-kept, has a few hands-on kids activities, and a... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We are typically attend Dennos in January each year. The exhibits have ranged from Chinese art to electronic video art. Each year it is different and very high quality. They also have a permanent collection of native arctic (first nation) art that is very diverse and with the same quality I have seen in Alaska or Canada. It is worth... More 

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We stopped and browsed prior to a concert at the Milliken Auditorium. Enjoyed the hands on art exhibits even though that part was geared towards children! Several different galleries featured different themes. The changing exhibits will warrant more return visits. Be sure to check out which exhibits are being featured.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This small museum has world class art. Known for its Inuit collection, the rest of the galleries are filled with exhibitions from around the world. Two Korean artists are currently on display, both amazing and unique. There is plenty for children to see and do in this beautiful building.

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Grand Blanc, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This museum located in Traverse City, MI is a gem. As far as I know it is only one of two museum's with a permanent display of Inuit Art. This is the art work of the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic. Some would call these people Eskimos, but Inuit is the better term. There is a polar bear and mush... More 

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