Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane

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The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, formerly the Cheney Cowles Museum, is located in Spokane, Washington's Browne's Addition. It is associated with the Smithsonian Institution and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
The MAC, as it is colloquially known, also owns and offers tours at the nearby Campbell House, an 1898 house designed by architect Kirtland Cutter, and included on the National Register of Historic Places listings in Spokane County, Washington.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest with five underground galleries, café, store, education center, community room and the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies. The MAC campus also includes the historic 1898 Campbell House, library and 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 Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. On Wednesdays the Museum is open from 10am-8pm. The Campbell House has tours Tuesday through Friday, running on the hour from 12 to 3 in the afternoon with the Carriage House Activity Center open until four. The house is in Open Format on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 until 4, which offers a way for visitor to self-guide through the house.

Cafe MAC is officially open and being run via museum staff members.

The Joel E. Ferris Research Library & Archives is open via appointment.
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  • There is always something unique to see in this multi-level museum. Plan on spending a few hours to appreciate each exhibit which changes regularly so you can see something different every time you.....  more »
  • This is a well curated museum, with informative displays on a variety of apparently frequently changing topics. The adjoining carriage house was closed, unfortunately, due to the heat, but that also....  more »
  • The museum usually has multiple exhibits going on. i went t see a Dale Chuilly exhibit and also saw an exhibit of native dress and lifestyle. There was another room with photos, paintings and artifacts from the far north. There is a restaurant and a gift shop on site, and ramps to walk to the exhibits so stairs and the elevator can be avoided. This is a small but interesting museum and my ticket included entrance to the Campbell House. I loved the collection of glass sculptures.
  • I spent several enjoyable hours at at the museum today. As a visitor to Spokane I enjoyed the one hour included tour of the adjacent Campbell mansion that gave me some insights to the neighborhood we happened to be staying in. I also enjoyed the rug and quilt display and was particularly interested in the quilt that included tobacco company material swatches given in cigarette packs as collectibles for women. The current exhibit was one of dragons and other magical creatures, definitely targeting children with it's hands on activities, but there was an interesting video of native american stories of Coyote, and a smattering of international dragon information for adults. The cafe is open until 2pm. It has a limited menu but I had a delicious grilled cheese sandwich and vegetable soup which gave me energy to finish the museum. The museum is in a beautiful new building, the exhibits were small but interesting, there were a lot of hands on activities for children.

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