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“Great little museum”

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
Ranked #17 of 105 things to do in Spokane
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (MAC) is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest with five underground galleries, an orientation gallery, cafe, store, education center, community room and the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies. The museum campus also includes the historic 1898 Campbell House, a library & archives, an auditorium and outdoor amphitheater. The exhibits and programs focus on three major disciplines: American Indian and other cultures, regional history and visual art. The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and is accredited by the American Association of Museums. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays are half-price admission days. On Wednesdays, the museum is open until 8:00 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Reviewed May 18, 2012

The MAC gets world class exhibits. It's not as big as museums in other cities but the quality is very high. The Mac Cafe is also very good. Most attraction food is mediocre. The restaurant could easily be a free standing eatery. The Campbell House is a fun stop in the Christmas season with it all dressed up in period.

Thank Cheryl M
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

Not as large as many city museums but exhibits are so well done and filled with content and quality, you might think you are in a world famous venue. As seniors, we paid $5.00 each!

The Indian cultural exhibit includes intricately made, beaded clothing that makes a lasting impression of the artistic ability of various tribes in the area.

The impressionist exhibit was "impressive", wall plaques communicated in enough detail to understand the varieties of schools and styles, including many American impressionists.

The building is beautiful and easily accessible. The old mansion next door, The Campbell House, shows the kind of money that came into Spokane from mining. It's a part of the museum complex. The neighborhood, Browne's Addition has many mansions.

1  Thank blissss
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

When we visited, the MAC had an interesting mix of Native American artifacts, impressionist paintings and a touring exhibit on dirt! We enjoyed all of them, but at least there was something for nearly everyone. The impressionist exhibit is impressive; I wasn't expecting to see a couple of Renoirs in Spokane. The dirt exhibit is extremely well done and has material to appeal to kids (of which lots seem to be visiting in school groups) and adults. Admission to the museum includes a tour of the Campbell house next door; it is well worth it if you enjoy seeing 19th century upper-class homes. Given the relatively modest size of the museum, I think a four-star rating is appropriate; it is still a small-town art museum. Before you visit check online to see what exhibits are on display; most of what we saw today are temporary. Also check to make sure the museum is open; it has fairly limited hours.

Thank docj9000
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

What I liked: gorgeous building, free parking, great neighborhood, local artists' exhibit, Impressionist exhibit, cafe with yummy hummus (chocolate hummus?!), interesting local history exhibit.

What I was under-impressed by: the "Soils Exhibit" (or was it named "Dirt"?) That's what drew us there, and we found it disappointing. Very elaborate displays that are carted from museum to museum, and as much as we like playing in the dirt, gardening, and making compost, this exhibit felt stilted, flat and boring. Could have used some lively bugs and worms!

Don't miss touring the historic mansion next door. We scooted in for the last 15 minutes of the day and were greeted hospitabily by some wonderful teenage docents, who gladly gave us the whirlwind tour.

We've visited Spokane for years without going to this museum. Don't wait as long as we did -- go and enjoy!

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Reviewed April 4, 2012

This is not only a great local museum but the European art is wonderful. Campbell house is open on Saturday. Great children's programs. Great bargain. You will love it!

Thank spokanejan
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