Dennos Museum Center

Dennos Museum Center, Traverse City: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Dennos Museum Center Reviews: 4.5/5

Dennos Museum Center
4.5
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
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
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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, MI334 contributions
Lovely outdoor sculpture collection in a lovely campus setting!
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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Terry H
Traverse City, MI3 contributions
It's the room to Dance.
Feb 2020
The galleries and store are nice. The concerts are our favorite there. The acoustics and lighting are great, but our favorite thing about this venue is the seating. The rows are far enough apart if you feel the need to shake a little more than your head....you can!
Written March 5, 2020
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Chris H
Grand Rapids, MI931 contributions
Epic in a Small City
Sep 2019 • Friends
Located on the Northern Michigan University Campus this museum blends in with the rest of the Campus. The museum is very airy and full of natural light. At first I thought the flow was bad because I started by turning right with a hallway with some ok art pieces that just dead ended. However afterthat one gallery flowed seamlessly into another.

They have a full-time Inuit exhibit. There was a ton of high quality pieces. While I didn't love every piece, I could tell the quality. I liked the sculptured Inuit art more than paintings, however the person I was with really enjoyed the paintings. Shrug to each their own. They have a large collection of both sculptures and paintings.

The museum then flows into a combination classical, modern, and art deco. Their are a couple of pieces that change as you walk past them. There's a painting of Ernest Hemming. I heard one of the pieces is an Andy Warhol, though I'm not sure which one. There are pieces I don't get, but all seemed well exhibited.

They have a small section for children and sadly even though the rest of the museum was amazing. This section was the coolest. The was a harp you could play but it used sensors instead of strings to play. There was a rockwall that created musical tones when you pressed a stone. A super complex metal string machine to make more music. There was a dinosaur and alligator made out of steel. There is a shadow machine that turns your shadow into colors. Plus a video display of sone stunning Japanese visual landscape art.

Out in in the main atrium there are clouds made out of metal wire and on the walls other shapes made out of metal wire.

It needs to be stated this is a art museum not a history museum. I don't think anything is older than 70 years old and most probably only 30 to 40. This doesn't take away, just a heads up.

The service was friendly to the max. Plus they were changing out one of their galleries so they they lowered their entrance fee from $6 to $5. This was fine with me because 85 to 90% was still open.

Overall this is a 5 star review and I will be back. This turned out to be one of my favorite medium to small city museums I have ever been to. An outstanding value and a great way to spend 90 minutes.

Written September 19, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate feedback like this! We do changeover our exhibitions about three times a year, so hopefully your next visit you will have the opportunity to see some of the wonderful traveling exhibitions we bring to the region.
Written September 20, 2019
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Po b
North Fort Myers, FL35 contributions
This is a gem in our community
Aug 2019 • Solo
The innovative exhibits here are as good as many I have seen in larger museums. More of the community needs to come see what happens here at the museum. You don’t have to spend hours, but come and visit often! For visitors our Inuit collection is very large, the store has many unique items. There are items for sale from the exhibitors.
Written August 23, 2019
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golfslw
Holly Springs, NC275 contributions
Wonderful museum in a small city!
Jul 2019 • Couples
This is a great museum. The art is wonderfully displayed with many exhibits taking advantage of the outside landscaping through the windows. I especially enjoyed the many sculptures.They also have a great, creative children's area as well.
Written July 20, 2019
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ERosewall
De Pere, WI125 contributions
Amazing small town museum!
Jul 2019 • Friends
The Dennos was renovated in 2018, tripling its space and greatly upgrading its ability to show innovative work. The star of the museum is its Inuit art collection - the largest outside of Alaska. Additional spaces on our visit housed innovative international artists, a local landscape artists, items from the permanent collection. All were world class (permanent collection includes works by Dali and Calder). Also worth noting is the children’s discovery area. Well worth a visit - a really amazing museum in such a small community.
Written July 13, 2019
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Thank you so much for your review! We're so glad you enjoyed the expansion which allows us to show works from our collection that had never been on exhibit before. We strive to show diverse range of works and artists that are not always accessible to people in our community, and we appreciate that you noticed and liked the work. We hope you get a chance to visit us again since we change out our exhibitions every 3-4 months.
Written July 17, 2019
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Asher S
New York City, NY39 contributions
Very Impressive!
Jul 2019 • Couples
I learned so much through the Inuit art exhibit, so much about the life of the native peoples. I also enjoyed very much the other various exhibits, they have a must see textile exhibit right now. I was very impressed with this little museum.
Written July 8, 2019
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Malcolm
Jerusalem, Israel1,154 contributions
Excelent museum
Jul 2019 • Couples
We didnt expect we will enjoy the place too much. The expirience was beyond expectations. The exibit is wonderful. The building is amazing and the two exibits of Stephanson and Knodel were beautiful. See the movie about them before you see the exibits.
Written July 3, 2019
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ZeelandScoutMom
Zeeland, MI756 contributions
Excellent Museum
Jun 2019 • Couples
Dennos Museum Center has some excellent exhibits. The Innuit displays were very interesting. The interactive section near the museum gift store was impressive. The gift store itself had some very nice items to purchase. We enjoyed our time in this great museum.
Written June 16, 2019
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Thank you for taking the time to review the Dennos Museum Center. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we hope that we will see you again in the future.
Written June 17, 2019
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Creativestuff
Ann Arbor, MI5 contributions
Rotating & Permanent Exhibits
Oct 2018 • Friends
I visit the Dennos at least once per year - always great to see their rotating exhibits. Plus, several favs in their permanent collection. It's a great place to spend a couple hours, particularly when the weather is lousy.
Written April 29, 2019
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Thanks for taking the time to submit a review. It is always appreciated. We are pleased that you enjoy your visits. On a rainy day or a sunny one, we trying to make the museum and enjoyable experience anytime you visit. Our upcoming exhibitions for the summer 2019 are going to be truly amazing and we hope you will agree when you make your next visit.
Written May 1, 2019
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Dennos Museum Center is open:
  • Sun - Thu 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM