Dennos Museum Center Announces Reopening Plan

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will reopen exclusively to members for a special “Membership Appreciation Week” on Tuesday, June 23rd and Thursday, June 25th from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. These special days are intended to thank museum members and supporters for their generosity during this challenging time.

The museum will reopen to the general public with limited hours of operation starting on Wednesday, July 1st. New operating hours will be Tuesdays through Thursdays from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. During this first phase of reopening, the Rutkowski Discovery Gallery for children, Milliken Auditorium and lobby, and Dutmers Theater will remain closed. Admission to the museum will be limited to a maximum capacity of 50–wait times may be required in the event that the museum reaches capacity.

Thanks to a brand new Museum Store website, visitors can now purchase tickets online in advance should they choose to do so. The Museum Store will also offer both curbside pick-up and shipping options along with an expanded library of merchandise to shop from. Please note: the store has a limit of four shoppers at a time, and patrons will be asked to sanitize hands before handling any merchandise. For both museum admission and store purchases, credit and debit card is preferred at this time.

A few tips to keep in mind when visiting the museum:

Per NMC policy, face coverings are required when entering the museum
All patrons will be asked to utilize hand sanitizer stations upon entering the building
Please practice social distancing of six feet
The museum has a total occupancy of 50 during the first phase of reopening
The museum store has a total occupancy of 4 during the first phase of reopening
Please stay home and enjoy virtual programs if you are sick or symptomatic

Now On View

The Dennos Museum Center regularly presents new temporary exhibitions every 2-4 months, seeking to engage, entertain, and enlighten the campus and community audiences. All three temporary exhibitions are now on view through August 16:

40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World
In this powerful exhibit featuring the photography of Howard G. Buffett, 40 photographs document the world hunger crisis as part of a global awareness campaign.

Pulped Under Pressure
With traditional hand papermaking at its core, this exhibition underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft.

Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day
For 365 days, artist Karen Bondarchuk produced a crow a day to mark the passing time that her mother – diagnosed with dementia in 2010 – no longer could.

Semi-Permanent Exhibitions

In addition to temporary galleries, the Dennos Museum Center curates many distinct permanent collection galleries with something for everyone to enjoy. From modern and contemporary Inuit art to paintings and sculptures by Michigan artists, bring your friends and family or enjoy a quiet moment in the galleries.

Barbara and Dudley Smith Wing for Inuit Art & the Power Family Inuit Gallery

Since 1991, the Dennos Museum Center’s core collection of Inuit art has been on permanent exhibit. The Power Family Inuit Gallery, named in 1995 for their generous support of Inuit art and the Dennos Museum Center’s collection, has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors to view, explore, and discuss contemporary Inuit art. With the opening of the Barbara & Dudley Smith Wing for Inuit Art in 2018, this unique collection of over 1,600 objects has additional capacity for exhibition, education, and programs.

Diana and Richard Milock Wing

Eugene A Jenneman Gallery

Janis Family Promenade

Thanks to a generous lead gift from Diana and Richard Milock, the Dennos Museum Center dedicated an additional 10,000 square feet of semi-permanent exhibition space in spring 2018. These galleries see selected rotations several times a year, drawn from a permanent collection of over 1,500 artworks by regional, national, and international artists.

Zimmerman Sculpture Court

A sunken courtyard centrally located in the museum, the Zimmerman Sculpture Court hosts art installations, highlights from the permanent collection, and event rentals and receptions.

Outdoor Sculpture Collection

Located throughout the campuses of Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos Museum Center’s outdoor sculpture collection provides visitors with an opportunity to slow down, reflect, and enjoy 14 outdoor sculptures in beautiful Traverse City.


ADULTS -$6.00

CHILDREN 17 & UNDER  -$4.00







Location and Parking
GPS Address: 1410 College Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686.

Free parking is available for Museum visitors in the Museum Parking lot or two-hour parking on Front St. or Fair St. The gate in the Museum lot will rise as you approach in your vehicle and a code is needed to exit. The code is available to visitors at the front desk. There are five designated parking spots for persons with disabilities directly in front of the Museum. The BATA Bayline bus stops on Front St. near the museum. Fixed-Route Loop service stops in the Aspen parking lot, near the front entrance to the museum.


The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the front desk on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are planning to attend an event at the Dennos Museum Center and have a disability requiring any special assistance, please notify us at or (231) 995-1055 as soon as possible.


Special thanks to Dennos Museum Center members, supporters, and donors, who provided critical operational funds during this time. The Dennos Museum Center further acknowledges the generous support of Art Bridges – “The Bridge Ahead Initiative” for special COVID-19 grant funding. Reopening is also funded in part by Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities through the “Humanities Organizations Pandemic Emergency Grants” program.

For the most current information, please call 231-995-1055 or visit the Dennos Museum Center website: or our facebook page: