Be inspired.  

This is Mackinac. 

Nowhere else does such a rare and exceptional collection of Mackinac-related art and photography come together to tell Mackinac’s story.

In complement to the natural beauty of Mackinac Island, The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum allows visitors to experience fine and decorative arts inspired by Mackinac through the ages.

One of the most diverse art museums in the region, the museum’s collection offers no shortage of beauty and history – from hand-beaded Native American garments and 17th and 18th-century maps of the Great Lakes, to one-of-a-kind pieces from the height of Mackinac Island’s Victorian era.

Original photographs from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century present the beauty of Mackinac as captured by the camera’s eye. Featured are the works of William H. Gardiner, including dozens of his famed early-twentieth century hand-tinted views.

Highlights

Exhibits

Fine and decorative arts related to Mackinac are presented in four long-term exhibits. The first floor main gallery contains works depicting views of Mackinac from the early 19th to the late 20th century as well historic maps. Two smaller galleries feature decorative and Native American Art. Mackinac photography from the permanent collection is featured on the second floor. Audiovisual presentations provide deeper exploration of some of the prominent works.

Live Programs

A Journey into Mackinac Island’s Tourism Art – 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m.
Mackinac Island’s important role as a tourist destination is reflected in some of its earliest examples of souvenir artwork, emphasizing the island’s natural and historic charm that has connected and drawn visitors from past to present. Meet near the admissions counter. 

2022 Gold Medal Winner “The D.M.C.” by Kelly Heck.

2022 Contemporary Art Show: Mackinac Journeys

The theme for the 2022 juried art exhibition is “Mackinac Journeys.” Every Mackinac journey is unique. From lifelong residents to the novice first-timer, the journey to, around, and from Mackinac is always memorable. The gallery is on display through October 9. At the June 15, 2022 awards ceremony, Kelly Heck won The Richard & Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum Gold Medal for “The D.M.C.”

2023 Contemporary Art Show: A Mackinac Day

The theme for the 2023 juried art exhibition is A Mackinac Day. There’s always something special about being able to spend a day on Mackinac. The sun seems to shine a little brighter. The sky seems a little bluer. Even days where things don’t go to plan can seem perfect. Everybody has their “Mackinac Day.” We encourage artists working in all media to share with us their artistic visions of what A Mackinac Day means to them. Click here for more information.

Artist-in-Residence Program

Mackinac has inspired artists for generations. Here’s your chance to let it inspire you. Click here for more information.

Kids’ Art Studio

How has Mackinac inspired you? Allow your creativity to flow in the Kids’ Art Studio, where art museum staff have prepared projects every day or the materials to let you create your own work of art.

The Kids’ Art Studio is closed for the 2022 season. 

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