Dennos Museum Center
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI647 contributions
Mar 2022
Returning to the Dennos Museum Center to attend one of their monthly concerts, I took advantage to see the art museum before the show. A beautiful space! Modern and open. With all sorts of art to enjoy. The Dennos is known for their Inuit Art collection that numbers some 1,600+ works of art, both traditional and contemporary. On this visit, due to time, I focused on the temporary exhibitions. The Stay Healthy and Strong exhibition by Nathalie Miebach is so colorful and interesting! I had to stand back and take in each piece...and then I stood as close as can be to examine the materials and the detail. I also enjoyed the Color & Shape: Black Artists from the Dennos Collection, especially as I noticed the works of Detroit artists Charles McGee and Carole Harris. After my foray into the galleries, I enjoyed the concert featuring Detroit's Queen of the Blues Thornetta Davis. Their Monthly Concert Series is top-notch, featuring well-regarded musicians in a variety of genres. And during these COVID times, I felt safe as capacity was limited and we were able to sit socially distanced from others.
Written March 31, 2022
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MidwestKathM
Detroit, MI647 contributions
May 2021
We came to the Dennos Museum to see their outdoor sculpture collection knowing that the museum would not be open on a holiday weekend. It was most enjoyable since we had the campus pretty much to ourselves as we followed the Sculpture Walk of a dozen works from the map downloaded from their website. It was a pleasure to see the work of some of Michigan's most well-known sculptors like David Barr, Lois Teicher, and Michael Hall. And don't forget to check out the Fine Arts Building attributed to the great Bauhaus architect Walter Gropius.
Written June 1, 2021
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The outdoor public sculpture collection is one of the best surprises when you visit the NMC campus. I'm glad you had an enjoyable tour and hope you also have a chance to visit the Michigan Legacy Art Park, too.
Written December 20, 2021
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Gary R. Anderson
Okemos, MI121 contributions
Aug 2013 • Couples
Lovely location and wonderful exhibits in this beautifully laid out venue. I always look to see what is available because it is a real treat to see a show there.
Written May 27, 2014
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Robert H
Huntington Woods, MI125 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
The Dennos Museum Center was an unexpected gem in a small metropolitan area with a population of 150,000. Having visited a large number of the best museums in the world (Louvre, Hermitage, Tate, etc.), I'm judging it within its class. With the recent expansion, the space is beautiful and allows for an uncluttered viewing experience. On my visit in February 2019, the special exhibit was a juried show of local artists that included some interesting items. The staff claimed that the Innuit collection was one of the best in the United States. The interpretation for this collection was excellent and explained the significance of both the historical and contemporary art as well as Innuit culture. The permanent collection is decent with a few well-known artists and again above average for a small regional museum. My spouse and I spent about four hours, but we're museum aficionados.
Written February 20, 2019
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Robert Thank you for your review of the Dennos Museum Center. We appreciate your comments. The Dennos is only 27 years old and in that time we have worked to build a collection that we hope will continue to improve in quality and stature now that we have new galleries to showcase the growing collection. The expansion has already encouraged some significant new gifts to the collection. What we are most proud of is the level of quality in the collection by regional artists whose work we believe holds up well with works by other artists from around the world that are in a collection of about 1,000 works beyond our internationally recognized Inuit art collection of over 1,600 works. We look forward to your future visits. Our changing exhibitions showcase both regional artists as you noted, but also exhibitions by artists from across the globe as well as projects with major institutions like National Geographic.
Written February 24, 2019
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Jason N
Circleville, OH3 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
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 your money and buy a tee shirt as you will be much more satisfied.
Written July 26, 2015
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Richard V
Michigan39 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
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.
Written July 31, 2013
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lynn57
Traverse City, MI212 contributions
Jan 2013 • Friends
The Dennos Museum is part of Northwestern Michigan Community College. The museum is fantastic. We have hosted Chihuly, China, Cartography, and everything in between. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and user friendly. There is an adjoining children's museum and a fine gift shop which often has items that match the current exhibits.
Written January 28, 2013
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Joel P
Traverse City, MI18 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Incredible museum with a beautiful setting amongst the pines of Northwestern Michigan College's Front Street Campus A private collection of native Inuit Art is a wonder to see.
Written October 10, 2018
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Thank you for writing such a splendid review of the Dennos. We are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful visit and hope you will stop by again soon.
Written December 20, 2021
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Sandra H
Windsor, Canada118 contributions
Aug 2018 • Family
Oodles of beautiful Inuit art, modern art, and lots of hands on things for children too. Most impressed by the beautiful native collection.
Written August 7, 2018
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Roger S
Freeport, United States36 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
The permanent exhibit is a collection of beautiful art and a special collection of Innuit art. Very cool!

This week, they also had a National Geographic traveling show about large things that live in the water. Did I say LARGE? Good grief!
Written August 7, 2018
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