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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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Modern art museum

solid collection of modern art in a modern building on the college campus; during the traverse city film festival this is a nice place to see a movie.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

solid collection of modern art in a modern building on the college campus; during the traverse city film festival this is a nice place to see a movie.

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Traverse City
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

When visiting Traverse City, make to to stop by the Dennos Museum. It is a high quality museum featuring a variety of displays (esp. Inuit art) and visiting collections. The museum store is also delightful and worth a visit. They have displays for kids and grown-ups. I've visited the museum a number of times and whenever I leave I always... More 

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Saint Louis
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62 reviews 62 reviews
6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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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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46 reviews 46 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 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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12 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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