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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

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Address: 2316 W. First Ave, Spokane, WA 99201
Phone Number: 509-456-3931
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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
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Vancouver
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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8 helpful votes 8 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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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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Spokane, Washington
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Whether seeing "Sue" the T. Rex, or a quilting display or Native American art or Spokane history, my grandkids and I always have fun. We all learn something from the special display as well as the standing displays. It's smallish, but that makes it "doable" in an hour or two.

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Colville, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Excellent tour of the Campbell House, and insight into the early days of mining, and railroading that were a part of early Spokane.

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