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Address: 2316 W. First Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone Number: 509-456-3931
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Wed - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) is the largest cultural...
The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest with 5 underground galleries, an orientation gallery, cafe, store, education center, community room and the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies. The MAC campus also includes the historic 1898 Campbell House, library & archives, an auditorium and outdoor amphitheater. The exhibits and programs focus on three major disciplines: American Indian and other cultures, regional history and visual art. The MAC is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. First Friday open by donation 5 to 8 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
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Museum of Arts and Culture

The MAC has a better collection of the plateau native Americans than the Smithsonian. There are multiple rotating exhibits in the main museum plus the 1890's Campbell house which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Spokane, Washington
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Spokane, Washington
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The MAC has a better collection of the plateau native Americans than the Smithsonian. There are multiple rotating exhibits in the main museum plus the 1890's Campbell house which is it's largest artifact. A definite stop and plan 2-3 hours

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Ballina, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I am a firm believer in learning about the past in order to understand (or try to!) where we are and how we got there.Yes we can assume and take for granted too much but the MAC is a great way to learn about Spokane and it does so in a structured and interesting way. Extremely interesting and in my... More 

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Vancouver
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Current exhibit is of cleverly laid-out stories of local history. It's cool how the relevance of these stories to current life is made obvious to visitors. Very intelligent. This is an important museum. Worth every cent of admission.

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Ravalli
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This is an interesting museum of the history of the area. The layout is very clever with each exhibit numbered and taking you back in time as you descend to the lower levels. Ther was hands on "build a dinosaur" activity open to everyone. Included was a tour of a mansion next door, that was fascinating. Worth the entry fee.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

With its great views of life in Spokane in early 1900s, the MAC is a fine museum. The ticket to the MAC includes a tour of the Campbell House and its Carriage House. Spent a couple of hours here touring the house as well as the exhibits in the museum. A mile walk from the Davenport Hotel, which is near... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Spokane lacks art, and it especially lacks art museums. The MAC, as it's called, gets good shows from time to time, and the permanent Native Art collection is always interesting, but, as a note to management, there's too much dependence on nostalgia here. Let's see more new local stuff like the current Dean Davis show.

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Spokane, WA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The MAC is one of the most successful local cultural centers to adjust to the needs of the 21st century. The MAC has embraced opening up the museum for a wide variety of activities that include free museum cruising and live music on a monthly basis as well as sponsoring author and artist readings as well as hands-on craft activities... More 

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Pullman, Washington
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

we loved this museum that displays a collection of photographs showing life and people in Spokane over a centure ago. We also learned some amazing facts of great historical value and generally found it quite educational and entertaining. Don't miss on their cafe lunch selections with Lebanese flavors.

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Farmington, New Mexico
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

I had not been to the MAC for nearly five years. I walked over, and was impressed by the grounds keeping. When inside, I was warmly greeted by new personnel. I cruised the exhibits, both historical and new artists, and then revisited Joaquin Nails, one of my favorite humorous sculptures of welded railroad spikes bent into walking human figures. The... More 

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Spokane, Washington, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Loved the show, what history Spokane has with such talent. The MAC is such a gem, their shows always are a surprise. We are so lucky here in Spokane with

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