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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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Beautiful, local museum

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
amtootsie
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Traverse City, Michigan
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Traverse City, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 July 8, 2016

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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Thank foughtsarah
Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

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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