Navigation Menu
The Dennos Museum Center

Dennos Museum Center To Raise Admission on July 1st


Date: January 26, 2022

Contact: Megan Holtrey,, 231-995-1595


Traverse City: After much consideration, the Dennos Museum Center is raising admission rates to match similarly sized museums and cultural institutions within the state. The Dennos has not increased admission fees in over 15 years, and held admission rates steady even after it nearly doubled its exhibition footprint in 2018. 


Admission will increase from $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-17 to $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-17. DMC offers free admission to members, NMC staff and students, reciprocal members of partner museums (NARM, ROAM, and ASTC), active duty military and veterans, children ages 4 & under, and EBT and WIC card holders through the IMLS Museums for All program. 


“Changes like these are necessary for the Dennos to continue to provide the exhibitions and programs our community has come to expect from us over the last thirty-one years,” said Megan Holtrey, Operations Manager. 


Membership rates and tiers will remain unchanged, making membership benefits even more valuable at the museum. 


Trailblazer memberships are $100, and are a great value especially for those who travel and have families. Average admission at large participating museums is anywhere from $12 - $20 per person. 

“Membership is at the core of every museum, and the Dennos is not without exception,” said Craig Hadley, Executive Director and Chief Curator. “Few museums within the United States offer a membership package as affordable and comprehensive as ours, with over 2,000 free reciprocal museums available to Dennos Trailblazer members in addition to optional Smithsonian benefits. We hope frequent visitors to the museum will consider the incredible value provided by our membership program and support the museum’s most critical operations today. At the same time, we will continue to offer a host of free and reduced admission benefits to make the museum accessible to all.” 


ADMISSION (through June 30, 2023)

Adults $6.00

Children 17 & Under $4.00

Children 4 & Under FREE

Members FREE

NMC Students & Faculty FREE


Museums For All* FREE

Active Duty Military & Families FREE

*EBT (Bridge) and WIC card holders receive up to four free admissions as part of the Museums for All program.



Membership is at the very heart of the Dennos Museum Center. Your critical membership dollars directly fund programming, operations, collections care, and--most importantly--enables us to serve over 60,000 visitors each and every year. Many of our visitors receive free or reduced admission through K-12 scholarships, the NEA Blue Star Museums program for veterans, and IMLS Museums for All.

Your membership contributions sustain these free and reduced programs and help provide equitable access for all.