Newly Expanded Permanent Collection & Inuit Art Galleries Open at Dennos Museum Center on January 21st

The Dennos Museum Center (DMC) at Northwestern Michigan College will open its newly expanded permanent collection and Inuit art galleries on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 1 PM. The Museum will be free to the public that day and museum docents will be in the galleries to answer questions.

Just over a year in construction and after weeks of installation two new wings with galleries are ready to debut showcasing additional works from the museum’s permanent art collection and extensive Inuit art collection.

The highlight of the new Inuit art gallery space is a spectacular sculpture carved from a whalebone vertebrate. The work was acquired from a private collection in 2016 and has been awaiting its first exhibition with the expansion of the gallery. The new gallery space more than doubles the exhibition space of the Dennos’ extensive 1500 plus work collection of this unique art of the Inuit peoples of Canadian Arctic.

Besides the expanded gallery space the storage area for the non-exhibited part of the collection has been more than doubled in size as well to accommodate the ongoing number of donations that come from across the United States to enhance what is already the largest single museum collection of Inuit art in the country.

Adjacent to the expanded Inuit gallery is the entrance to a spectacular 128 foot promenade of glass and art filled walls leading to two grand galleries showcasing newly acquired as well as familiar works from the Dennos art collection. The galleries are filled with fine art featuring wonderful examples by artists from the region and around the world. Numerous works that have been in storage and never shown before will be debuted with this installation. The Dennos art collection contains about 1,000 catalogued works.

“These two wing expansions for the museum’s permanent art and Inuit collection comprise about 10,000 sq. ft. of new exhibition space,” says Gene Jenneman, Executive Director of the Dennos, “Yet even with this much new space, we have only scratched the surface in terms of revealing the richness of the art collection here at the Dennos.”

The overall expansion of the Dennos is 15,000 square feet. In addition to the new galleries we have added a new multipurpose room to Milliken auditorium for instruction and a large dressing room when needed as well as instrument storage space and a new loading dock.

This major expansion of the Dennos Museum Center was made possible with two major gifts to NMC for the purpose of the expansion, $2 million from Richard and Diana Milock and $1 million from Dudley and Barb Smith. A formal dedication of the new wings and galleries will take place later this spring.

The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM, Thursday until 8 PM and Sunday’s 1-5 PM. Admission is $6.00 adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.