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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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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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Art & Fun for the Whole Family

My 10-year-old said this was her favorite museum ever (and she's been to quite a few!)! We loved the Warhol Silver Clouds room, the Inuit collection, the "art for all ages" room... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Okemos, Michigan
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Okemos, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My 10-year-old said this was her favorite museum ever (and she's been to quite a few!)! We loved the Warhol Silver Clouds room, the Inuit collection, the "art for all ages" room, and the permanent collection. There was a fair amount of interactive art to keep the kids (and adults!) engaged and everyone enjoyed the beautiful collection of eclectic artwork.... More 

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Frankfort, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a fun night watching students of all ages performing different dances that they had practiced during the year. All ages, different types of dance. Enjoyable theater.

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Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always enjoy coming here. The exhibits are so interesting and often unusual. We also are mesmerized by the NASA video information; we could watch that for hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Haven't seen an Inuit exhibit that size since growing up in Toronto, 40 years ago. Always liked those stone figures, so expressive.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The Dennos Museum has earned a superior reputation in both the local and national worlds of art museums. For its size, the Dennos has brought an incredible richness to our town, offering works by great painters of world renown alongside those of local artists and members of the avant garde. One exhibit in particular, of glass sculpture by Gay Ben... More 

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Cheboygan, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

We have visited Dennos several times, particularly for musical performances. We go early to look at the events in the museum. They are well done. Usually the music is good; Rory Block was not as enjoyable. She talked more than she sang and mostly about herself and how important she is in the blues community. It was disappointing, but that... More 

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

I regret that you did not find the Rory Block concert up to your expectations. While you are correct it is the decision of the performer as to what they present, it is valuable to get this feedback to enable us and future performers to better understand our customer's wishes. I hope you will join us for the Hanggai concert... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

The Dennos has a large permanent collection on Inuit art and often hosts high end traveling exhibits....which makes it worth repeated visits. It is located on the southwest corner of the college campus and is a Traverse City treasure.

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Gobles, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

We really enjoyed the fabulous art of the INUIT & northern Canadian native peoples; a truly beautiful exhibit! also saw interesting temporary exhibits. open every day; easy parking- lovely building on the NORTHWESTERN campus .$6 admission for adults.

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

Thank you for your positive comments about our Inuit Art Collection as you and so many others on Trip Advisor have noted. The collection is one of the largest, and likely the largest single public collection in the USA with over 1,500 works. This means only a small portion of the overall collection is ever on view at any one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

The permanent collection Inuit exhibit is amazing and there was also a special exhibit of textiles that I really enjoyed. The people were very friendly.

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Howell, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

The Inuit Display was worth the trip north..... One of the largest collections anywhere. The rest of the museum was great .... from the interactive displays to the Textile exhibit. This is a must see

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