About the MAC

Founded in 1916, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest, serving more than 100,000 visitors a year. We are one of Washington State’s five Smithsonian affiliates and are accredited by the Alliance of American Museums. The museum resides in the historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood of Spokane, Washington. 

Commonly referred to as the “MAC,” the museum preserves and cultivates the heritage of the Inland Northwest people through collections, exhibitions, and programs that bring their stories to life. Our collection of Plateau Indian art and artifacts is the largest in the world; more than one million objects are maintained and preserved including fine art, artifacts, documents, photographs and material culture from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The world-renowned Joel E. Ferris Research Archives offers researchers from around the world an opportunity to explore our vast collection.

Plan a visit to the 1898 Campbell House. This 13,000 square foot historic residence, designed by Kirkland Cutter, provides a firsthand experience of life in Spokane at the turn of the 20th century.

The MAC also offers Art Source (art rentals and sales), a monthly Thursday Night Live, Summer and Day Camps, a MAC Café and MAC Store, and we are proud to present Spokane’s annual ArtFest, now in its 33rd year.

 

Our Mission

To engage our audiences in the appreciation of art, history, and culture of the Inland Northwest and beyond through collection stewardship, exhibitions, and programs that enrich and inspire.
 

Our Vision

To be a nationally acclaimed regional cultural center through curatorial excellence, innovative programming, and by offering an extraordinary visitor experience. We aspire to be essential to the social and cultural life of our local community, and a must-see destination for visitors.
 

Our Values

The Museum’s leadership, staff, and volunteers are committed to operating transparently and with integrity in all matters, honoring our commitments, listening with empathy and being approachable, inclusive, and respectful of others.
 

Transparency and Inclusion

The Museum of Arts and Culture is a State agency committed to building a transparent and inclusive environment that welcomes and values everyone. We cultivate a culture of collaboration, transparency, diversity, and accessibility. Programs that engage all segments of our community is essential to preserve our heritage, ensure credibility and to inspire and engage future generations of learners.
 

Collection Stewardship

Collection stewardship is central to the museum’s mission and use of our collection is guided by preservation standards that ensure its health for generations to come. Displays of the collections change in content and theme, along with displays of Plateau Indian contemporary and traditional arts. The museum currently features an open conservation lab that includes objects and art from our permanent collection and teaches visitors how we store, conserve, and display these objects. The museum proudly balances preservation with public access by supporting loans from our collections to other museums nationwide. A permanent American Indian collection was added in the summer of 2018.
 

View our Strategic Plan for 2018 through 2021

 

The Eastern Washington State Historical Society, which operates as the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest. It is an agency of the State of Washington and a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, accredited by the Alliance of American Museums and affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.