Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture

2316 W 1st Ave
Spokane WA 99201
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  • Tue: 10am-5pm
  • Wed: 10am-8pm
  • Thu: 10am-5pm
  • Fri: 10am-5pm
  • Sat: 10am-5pm
  • Sun: 10am-5pm

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The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, or the MAC as you'll hear it called in town, is the area's largest and most well-known museum, celebrating Spokane's history, art, culture, and heritage. A popular destination for families, couples, school groups, and out-of-town visitors, there are permanent exhibitions as well as rotating ones, plus a number of events scheduled throughout the year.

Best and worst time to go to the MAC
The museum hosts Super Saturdays on the third Saturday of the month, with additional displays, activities and workshops that vary from month to month. Also, on the first Friday of every month, admission is complimentary and hours are extended until 8pm. Times to avoid include regular school hours, as long-time Spokane residents and even the MAC website will gently remind you that it's a popular destination for field trips.

Must see/do at the MAC
The Campbell House, practically a museum in itself, has furniture and décor that reflects life in the early 1900s, and tells the story of an actual family that lived in Spokane at the time. The American Indian Collection is well worth a visit, with an expansive display of artifacts representing Plateau Tribes. The MAC also manages to curate some impressive rotating exhibits, so be sure to check out what's featured during your visit. It could be anything from a noteworthy local artists to an internationally acclaimed exhibition.

Admission to the MAC
In addition to regular admission, there are special rates for students, seniors, military, and AAA members, according to the MAC website. Entrance to the Campbell House is included in admission.

Parking and public transportation to the MAC
The MAC is in Spokane's historic Browne's Addition neighborhood, roughly a mile from downtown. If you're driving, just head west down Second Avenue, take a right on Hemlock and then a left onto First. There is plenty of parking in the MAC's own lot, as well as street parking in the neighborhood. There are also multiple bus routes that serve downtown and Browne's Addition.

Food at the MAC
Café MAC, who calls itself one of Spokane's best kept secrets, is open for lunch Wednesday through Sunday (the same days that the MAC operates). Their Mediterranean-inspired menu (including Turkish coffee) has a variety of entrees, with a range of prices that should suit most budgets.

Insider tip for visitors to the MAC
Be sure to check out the MAC's active social media pages for special events before your visit. There are lectures, workshops, and events scheduled throughout the year, many of which are included in the price of admission. And, don't forget to stop by the Museum Store. Even if you're not browsing for purchase, there are plenty of shelves to peruse that are almost as interesting as the exhibits.

Author's bio: Dena Ogden is a freelance writer who can be found online at denaogden.com and @DenaOgden.