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About the Dennos Museum Center


The Dennos Museum Center builds community, sparks conversation, and inspires change for audiences of all ages through its exhibitions, programs, and the collection and preservation of art.

Dennos Museum Center History

Opened in 1991, the Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is a premier cultural facility in northern Michigan offering a dynamic array of exhibitions and programs in the visual arts, sciences, and performing arts. The Museum includes temporary exhibition and permanent collection galleries, an elegant sculpture court, and a hands-on Discovery Gallery. The permanent collection features regional, national, and international art from the 19th-21st centuries. The Milliken Auditorium hosts events and concerts with performers from around the world. Visit the Museum Store for great shopping, including a fine selection of Inuit art for collectors.

The Museum's signature collection is Inuit art of the Canadian Arctic, one of the largest and most historically complete collections of these distinctive sculptures and prints in the United States. A significant collection of outdoor sculptures by noted international and Michigan artists surrounds the Museum on the beautiful campus of Northwestern Michigan College. In 2000, the Dennos Museum Center was recognized by ArtServe Michigan with the Governor's Award for Arts and Culture. The Museum expanded its original building in 2018, adding new galleries and auditorium spaces with wide support from the community.

In 2021, the Dennos joined a network of more than 200 other Smithsonian Affiliates in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Panama. Established in 1996, the affiliations program is designed to facilitate a two-way relationship among Smithsonian Affiliates and the Smithsonian to increase discovery and inspire lifelong learning in communities across America. Smithsonian Affiliates are collaborators on many of the Smithsonian’s strategic priorities, adding local content, context, and expertise to national initiatives to help tell a fuller story.

Annual Reports

Fiscal Year 2023 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023)

Fiscal Year 2022 (July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022)

Fiscal Year 2021 (July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021)

Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019, - June 30, 2020)

*DMC Annual Reports were embedded within the NMC Foundation Annual Report in prior fiscal years.


The Dennos Museum Center maintains two standing committees: a collections committee and an exhibitions advisory committee. Both committees are comprised of NMC staff, DMC staff, and community members and meet 2-4 times per year to advise DMC staff on acquisitions, deaccessions, and future exhibition opportunities. Interested in serving? Please contact for more information.

Policy and Procedure

In addition to AAM Core Documents Verification (awarded in 2021), the DMC also makes the following policy documents available to the public:

Code of Ethics

Collections Management Policy

DMC Strategic Plan: 2020-25

NMC Strategic Plan: 2022-25 (see objective 5.4A)