Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon

4.7
#2 of 8 in Museums in Muskegon County
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History Brief

At his death in 1905, lumber baron Charles H. Hackley created, through a bequest to Muskegon Public Schools,

and the expendable trust fund to purchase “paintings of the best kind” for display in Hackley Library, which was owned

and operated by the School Board. When it became apparent that a true art collection needed a home of its own, the

Muskegon Board of Education decided to honor Charles Hackley and his gift by constructing an art gallery.

Construction began in 1911 and was completed in 1912. In 1979, ground was broken for a $1.6 million addition to

the Hackley Art Gallery, funded by the L.C. & Margaret Walker Foundation. Construction was completed in 1980

and with that, the museum’s name was changed from the Hackley Art Gallery to the Muskegon Museum of Art. As

part of the Museum’s 2012 centennial celebration, a capital campaign was launched to raise funds for the future

financial security of the Museum in anticipation of its separation from Muskegon Public Schools, which was

planned beginning in 2010 and was completed June 30, 2014. Over $7.5 million has been raised so far for this fund.
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  • This art museum drew us to Muskegon on a day visit! The art collection and the glass gallery are superb for a town of its size. We were so happy to see the works of Hopper, Bellows, Pissarro...  more »
  • Saw the glass exhibit. Spectacular. If you are reading from afar, this museum is one of Midwest’s jewels. They have a permanent collection of glass. A portion of it is on exhibit now. All their...  more »
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  • Very friendly staff! Small museum but interesting. Loved the actual building's interior architecture and historical atmosphere! The early landscape and portrait paintings were wonderful! My teen daughter avoided the modern 'nude' type exhibits, there were some...Small gift shop cozy and well stocked!
  • Very elegant small museum. Liked the prize winning paintings and new acquisitions.

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