Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

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Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
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Main entrance of the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture
Established June 5, 1916 (as the Spokane Historical Society)
Location Spokane, Washington

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[1] and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.[2]

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.[citation needed]

The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am-5pm. On Wednesdays the Museum is open from 10am-8pm. The Campbell House has tours running on the hour from 12 to 3 in the afternoon with the Carriage House Activity Center open until four. There are Open Format days on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 12 until 4, which offers a way for visitor to self-guide through the house.

Cafe MAC is currently closed for renovation and in to the process of finding a new vendor.

The Joel E. Ferris Research Library & Archives is open via appointment.


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  2. ^ "Alliance Accredited Institutions" (PDF). American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 

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Coordinates: 47°39′26″N 117°26′44″W / 47.6571°N 117.4455°W / 47.6571; -117.4455