New T.C.-D.C. Connection

Dennos Affiliates with Smithsonian Institution

Dennos Museum and Smithsonian affiliate logosThrough a new Dennos Museum Center affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, northern Michigan residents and visitors will be able to sample programming and traveling exhibitions from the nation’s largest museum system.

The Washington D.C.-based Smithsonian, a flagship institution of American art, culture and history, operates 19 museums and galleries and the National Zoo, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, and the National Portrait Gallery.

“It is our hope that this partnership will help bring our nation’s largest museum system to Traverse City residents, schools, and visitors in an affordable and collaborative way,” said Craig Hadley, executive director and chief curator at the Dennos.

As an affiliate, the Dennos may collaborate on unique public programs and workshops, co-develop youth programs, host traveling exhibitions, negotiate artifact loans, and co-host public lectures by Smithsonian scholars. For $25, Dennos members can upgrade membership to allow them to visit other Smithsonian affiliates, as well as access other benefits.

“This will take our reciprocal benefits to the next level,” said Megan Heator, operations manager at the Dennos Museum Center. “We're excited to be able to connect our members to the broader Smithsonian network.”

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