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The Dennos Museum Center presents several films during the year, sourced from the Smithsonian Channel. Films are free of charge, but do require registration. Films are generally screened with captions. Milliken Auditorium features a T-coil loop for those with hearing impairments. Additional arrangements for a sign language interpreter can be made by contacting Liz Celeste at or by calling 231-995-1029.

Be sure to check back soon for more upcoming films



Disrupt and Dismantle Series Promotional Image

From environmental racism to police brutality to the school-to-prison pipeline, Soledad O'Brien explores inequalities Black communities face and the actions that need to be taken in order achieve lasting change in the U.S. 


Wednesday, February 22nd

1:00 & 2:30 pm

Soledad O'Brien talks to Black moms and their advocates in Mississippi to find out how the government and healthcare system can address high maternal and infant mortality rates in the state.


Wednesday, February 15th

1:00 & 2:30 pm

Soledad O'Brien investigates a city redevelopment plan in Norfolk, VA, that would tear down public housing and displace low-income residents in an effort to "revitalize" the area.



Wednesday, February 8th

1:00 & 2:30 pm

Soledad O'Brien interviews Anjanette Young, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, State's Attorney Kim Foxx and others about the Chicago Police Department's history of brutality and the obstacles to reform.



Wednesday, January 18th

1:00 & 2:30 pm

Soledad O'Brien visits Dallas to find out how environmental racism is plaguing a predominantly Black community as it tries to fight against a hazardous dump site called Shingle Mountain. 



Wednesday, January 25th

1:00 & 2:30 pm

Soledad O'Brien discusses the impact of structural racism in Nashville, TN, and how nonprofits are stepping up to give students the support they need to escape the school-to-prison pipeline.



Wednesday, February 1st

1:00 & 2:30 pm

Soledad O'Brien examines the experiences of the Gullah people on Hilton Head Island, SC, where obscure legal loopholes and soaring property taxes have resulted in a loss of land and culture.

Disasters at Sea - The Arctic Rose Mystery

Wednesday, November 16th
1:00 & 2:30 PM

Witness the final moments of the Arctic Rose, and discover why the trawler sank so quickly into the Bering Sea.



into the wild tibet

Wednesday, October 12th
1:00 & 2:30 PM

North of the Himalayas and three miles above sea level stretches a land barely glimpsed by the outside world: the Tibetan Plateau. Here, packs of wolves, herds of chiru antelope, and small families of pika struggle to survive and raise their young in one of the harshest environments on Earth. Spend a year in this land of extremes and follow its creatures, from the top of the food chain to the bottom, as they embark on dangerous migrations, dodge diving predators, and adapt to the plateau's thin air, impossible terrain, and punishing weather.


color of care

Thursday, October 6th — 7:00 PM

Join us for a free screening of the Color of Care in Milliken Auditorium. Before the show, enjoy some light refreshments. A discussion will be held with a panel of local experts afterward featuring Dr. Cyrus Ghaemi, Chief Clinical Officer, Traverse Health Clinic, Toni Leaf-Odette, Senior Community Health Coordinator, Munson Healthcare, Tamella Livengood, Director of Nursing Programs, Northwestern Michigan College, and Dr. Joe Santangelo, Chief Quality and Safety Officer, Munson Healthcare. 

About the Film

The Color of Care chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what they have long understood and lived: they do not receive the same level of care. Produced by Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. Using moving personal testimony, expert interviews, and disturbing data the film reveals the impact of racism on health, serving as an urgent warning of what must be done to save lives.

seriously amazing objects: survivors

Wednesday, September 21st

Join host Xavier Carnegie as he gives select Smithsonian visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to interact with artifacts and animals that represent amazing stories of survival. One guest will learn how the idea of camouflage was developed. Another gets an up-close look at the kite that helped America win World War II. And finally, one guest enters the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, where scientists are racing to save cheetahs from the brink of extinction.