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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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Excellent Inuit art and carvings

We went here to view the Inuit art and carvings and were amazed at their huge selection. It was wonderful. Not expected in Michigan since art is all from northern Canada.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went here to view the Inuit art and carvings and were amazed at their huge selection. It was wonderful. Not expected in Michigan since art is all from northern Canada.

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Chelsea, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I love coming to Dennos. There is lots of Inuit art and cultural insight as always, but on this visit there was also exhibits on "Grandmother Power" and one featuring the art of Jean Larson inspired by the Icelandic landscape. Dennos was open late on the day I went—until 8pm on Thursdays!—and spent a lovely 90 minutes or so browsing.... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Major emphasis upon Inuit art from artists in the Canadian Arctic area. They employ stencils, etchings, engravings, and more. It was a great way to spend part of a rainy day.

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Yorktown, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were drawn to this little gem because of its Inuit art collection but enjoyed everything they had on display. Admittance is very inexpensive and worth every penny. We loved the Inuit sculptures and paintings in many media, and were surprised to see a real (taxidermy) polar bear, seal and musk ox. Also inside were a Warhol "installation" piece, as... More 

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

Thank you for your review. We at the Dennos are pleased that you found your visit enjoyable and worthwhile. Since your visit we have transitioned to new exhibitions, but the Inuit Art is always here. We will also be making a big transition beginning soon as the museum will be adding new galleries to showcase its permanent art collection and... More 

Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Traverse City is a resort town, with a lot going on, and we were just passing through on our way south. But one of TwoInMaine's travel companions on this trip know of Mr. TIM's strong interest in Inuit art, and suggested a stop at Dennos Museum Center. What a wonderful surprise. The Inuit and Northwest First Nations collection is outstanding,... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

I often take residents there from work. This is a very community friendly, tasteful museum. The exhibits are always beautifully displayed.

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

We have taken our kids here and they loved it. There was interactive exhibits for them to do. They have several different areas that have exhibits and each one was very interesting and informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Stopped-by due to their signage out front announcing Innuit artwork. We were pleasantly surprised by a small art museum with about a half dozen galleries of traveling shows and permanent collections. It included an interactive art area which school-age children would LOVE! It's a great hot or rainy day activity with a relatively low price!

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

We did not miss this outstanding little art museum, thanks to trip advisor! Although the admission price was steep the artworks on display are curated and presented in a manner befitting a top museum in Chicago or Los Angeles. The Inuit art exhibit was worth the extra driving time through Traverse City on the way back from Macinac Island to... More 

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Eugene J, General Manager at Dennos Museum Center, responded to this review

We are pleased to read that you found the experience of the Dennos worth the drive and the price of admission. I wanted to let you and others who come to Trip Advisor for recommendations, that the Dennos Museum Center will undergo a major expansion within the coming year that will add 14,000 sq. ft to our existing 40,000 sq.... More 

Okemos, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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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