Formerly known as the Cheney Cowles Museum, The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Spokane is an institution dedicated to the regional history and visual art of the American Indians and other cultures. Located in Spokane, The MAC, as it is colloquially known, features five underground galleries, an education center with a community room, a café, and store, the Center for Plateau Cultural Studies. The MAC is also home to the historic 1898 Campbell House, an outdoor amphitheater, and an auditorium, and a research library and archives.


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The mission of the Museum is to engage, encourage and inspire visitors in the appreciation of arts and culture through outstanding collections, exhibits, and programs that focus on entertainment and education.

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture has an extensive permanent collection that features over one million artifacts and ephemera, including paintings, sculptures and other and material culture from the Asia, the Americas, and Europe. Collections are displayed in content and theme, alongside displays of traditional arts and Plateau contemporary art, and the Museum has a new open conservation lab that showcases new collections in progress. Permanent collections are shown on rotating exhibitions throughout the year.

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2.More Things to See

More Things to See
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The Regional History Collection explores regional themes of exploration, economics, entertainment, communications and community events, domestic arts, and settlement, as well as present an interpretive program with the Campbell House's collection of period and original furnishings.

The Regional Textile Collection includes an impressive collection of clothing, accessories, and quilts dating back to the mid-1800s, while the American Indian Collection represents the diverse variety of cultural groups throughout the Americas. This collection features one of the most impressive gatherings of Plateau material culture in the country.

The Museum’s Art Collection focuses on contemporary works and renowned artists from the region, including works by James Lavadour, Patti Warashina, Kristen Capp, Doug Safranek, Jim Hodges, and Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz.

The Joel E. Ferris Research Archives of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society is the go-to resource and archives institution for material on the art, culture and history of the Inland and Pacific Northwest. The Archive collections include architectural drawings, ephemera, books, and periodicals, photographs and negatives, manuscripts, reel-to-reel film, maps, and oral histories.

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3.The Campbell House

The Campbell House
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The Campbell House is a historic 1898 English Tudor Revival -style house that tells the story of life in the late 19th century. Designed by architect Kirtland K. Cutter and situated in Browne’s Addition, the home features two architectural styles from each of the owners, namely a Neoclassical Revival style chosen by the Finches, and a picturesque English Tudor Revival selected by the Campbell family. Boasting a beautiful stucco and sandstone exterior with brick and timber detailing, the main house and adjacent carriage house were designed to cater for specific functions. The Campbell House was restored to its former glory in 2001 and today operates as a house museum that interprets the life and times at the turn of the 20th century.

Tours of the Campbell House are offered on the hour between 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm Tuesday through Friday and on Sundays and begin at the Campbell House Activity Center, which is located in the Carriage House. Campbell House is an open house on Saturdays between 12:00 pm and 4:00 pm where visitors can explore the house and grounds in their own time.

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In addition to a range of informative exhibits and displays, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture also offers a range of educational programs and workshops to public and schools in the region. The Museum provides a diversity of entertaining and engaging learning opportunities for adults, including lectures, discussions, demonstrations, live performances, films, and tours that cover a variety of disciplines led by highly qualified professionals.

The Museum offers summer camps for learners of all ages that combine hands-on learning experiences with an appreciation for the arts with science and respect for the world around them. Summer camps provide safe, fun, and memorable experiences that promote talent, environmental stewardship, and community conservation.

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5.Visitor Information

Visitor Information
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The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is located in 2316 W 1st Avenue in Spokane and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Wednesdays the Museum is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. The Museum offers tours from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the afternoon at the nearby Campbell House, an 1898 house designed by architect Kirtland Cutter, and the Carriage House Activity Center is open until 4:00 pm.

MAC offers Open Format days on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm where visitors can explore the Museum on self-guided tours. The Joel E. Ferris Research Library & Archives can be visited with an appointment. The Museum Store offers an excellent assortment of the exhibit and collection related merchandise, including books, handmade items, jewelry, and gifts.

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2316 W 1st Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201, Phone: 509-456-3931

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