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Dennos Museum Center

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Address: 1410 College Drive, Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, MI 49686
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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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"A place for everyone"

We were looking for something to do, indoors on a snowy day while visiting Traverse City. With 2 adults and 2 teens we all have different tastes. The museum was a great find. The... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2016
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Reviewed 7 February 2016

We were looking for something to do, indoors on a snowy day while visiting Traverse City. With 2 adults and 2 teens we all have different tastes. The museum was a great find. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. We all really enjoyed the hands on exhibits. The museums location was perfect for our daughter, who has been looking into... More 

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

Thank you for your visit to the Dennos Museum Center on the campus of Northwestern Michigan College. We are pleased that you enjoyed your visit and we do hope we will see you again as our exhibitions, concerts and programs change throughout the year. We also hope your daughter will carefully consider NMC for her college study. The Dennos is... More 

Beverly Hills, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

This museum gives you a sense of the local history and artists. It is definitely a great family site seeing stop. But be prepared to have a "lower paced" time, as it's not the hustle-bustle that one would expereince in downtown TC

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Lake County, Illinois
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Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

A nice short stop after lunch that satisfied Mom's thirst for culture without too much whining from our teen, thanks to the coolest interactive gallery we've seen in a long time. Big city museums have nothing on this little gem. Check it out! Family of 4 was only $20.

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Ridgewood, NJ
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Reviewed 22 December 2015

During our stay in the Traverse City area, we were interested in checking into the Dennos Museum. The museum is located in a modern building on the Northwestern Michigan campus. Parking was easy, and the museum during the week day that we were there, was not busy at all. After being greeted, we were given an introduction to the museum... More 

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Pinckney, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2015

I liked the Inuit display, I'm not so much into the mixed media, which was the main show. It cost to get in and we got there an hour before it closed. I would have liked to spend more time there, we didn't know when it closed.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 22 October 2015

I have been a few times with my son as he grew fom chld to adult . We have never been to T.C with out going to Dennos as a side trip . Its a nic price and lots of info .

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Dublin, Ireland
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Reviewed 21 October 2015

The Experimental Art show was great fun . I went with two friends who are artisits themselves and we had lively discussion about the art we were seeing. We also visited the other exhibits of Inuit art and the works of Norval Morrisseau. There was a special day for differently abled to view the exhibits--I did find it ironic that... More 

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

I am pleased that you enjoyed your recent visit to the Dennos Museum Center. We too found it not only ironic, but disappointing that the automatic door opener malfunctioned just at the time we had the exhibition related to the differently abled on view. We are replacing the current automatic door openers with an entirely new system, with hopes that... More 

Auburn Hills, Michigan
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2015

Stop here for a visit every time I go up North. Been here since my daughter was four, she's nineteen now. Very kid friendly and a lot of excellent exhibits.

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michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 October 2015

Beautiful modern building, easy parking and access. Permanent collection of Innuit art, plus special exhibits. When we visited, there was a stunning exhibit by a Chinese artist called "Hiding in Plain Sight" which was a commentary on Chinese culture and society under communist rule. A++. The Innuit art is also first class.

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Traverse City, Michigan
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17 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 October 2015

This museum is just outstanding. Some of the displays are permanent, but there are also several large areas with temporary exhibits that change every few months, so you can go again and again and always see new things. Everything is accessible for people with disabilities. Our favorite room is the discovery exhibit, where our grandchildren love to go. They dance... More 

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