main loby of Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (MAC) resides in the historic Browne's Addition neighborhood of Spokane.

The museum consists of 3 stories, featuring diverse exhibits and a nearby historic house that was built in 1910, known as the Campbell House. The MAC is opened on Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday until 8 p.m. The MAC is constantly changing out some of the exhibits. The current ones are available to observe till the beginning of September.

The Exhibits

It's clear Native American roots run deep within Spokane. The MAC does its job by displaying Native American culture in The Light We Cannot See exhibit. This exhibit consists of infrared photography taken by Erv Schleufer. The photography demonstrates Native Americans experiencing a pow wow.

Sally Hickman art

The Sally Hickman Winter Count Remembered exhibit presents, artist, Sally Hickman's 25 encaustic paintings.

According to northwestmuseum.org, "With permission of the Smithsonian Institution, Sally has completed twenty–five small pieces based on the ledger art of images published by the Smithsonian in the book The Year the Stars Fell, by Greene and Thornton. To illustrate the events in the lives of the Plains Indians, Sally chose encaustic paint as her medium, which preserved the Fayum portraits of early Egypt (c. 170A.D.). Along with oil paint, this medium speaks eloquently to the preservation of culture."

As for The Secret Life of an Artifact exhibit, it provides a wide range of artifacts and materials from museums. The point of this exhibit is not only to display the artifacts but to demonstrate how artifacts are preserved or how materials can decay. This exhibit specifically is very hands-on compared to the others. For instance visitors are able to feel different materials ranging from decayed rubber to silk gloves.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture Vault of Treasures

The Vault of Treasures exhibit showcases many treasure worthy items and many of the items are actually from Spokane. Treasures include a barber chair from 1888 and a replica of the hope diamond.

taxidermy lion

Before exiting the museum an exhibit called Fangs, Fur and Feathers put visitors into perspective of what it's like to be up close and personal with a taxidermy collection. The array of animals presented in this exhibit is quite large featuring over 300 specimens. Observers are able to stare into the eyes of a lion and then appreciate the wing span of an eagle.

The Campbell House, directly next to the museum, allows people to experience home life in the early 1900s. Tours for the house are Tuesday-Friday and Sunday at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and is an open house on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Originally the Campbell House was a museum of its own until the MAC was built. Now it resides at its original state.

More Than Just A Museum

the Create Space room in the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture

The MAC goes further than being just a museum by offering an engaging learning experience for people of all ages through camps, programs and courses. There are 4 classrooms inside the museum to facilitate those activities. Inside the museum they have a Create Space, which is an area where people of all ages can create things with different materials, such as building blocks and origami paper.


Adults cost $10, seniors (60+) $7.50, children (6-18) $5, college students who provide their ID $5 and children under 5 get in free.

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