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.

The Covid-19 pandemic will likely delay the opening of The Richard and Jane Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum for the 2020 season. It will be opened as soon as possible.

New dates will be announced here as soon as they are known. Thank you.



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.

2020 Contemporary Art Show: A Day in the Park

This juried exhibition, presented in the second floor changing gallery, will present artwork inspired by the theme of “A Day in the Park.” Juror for the contest is Nathan Kemler, Director of Galleries and Collections at Grand Valley State University. Winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on June 17.

2019 Contemporary Art Show: Visions of Mackinac

2019 Visions of Mackinac Exhibition, l-r: Peter Pellerito, Mackinac Associates Board President; Kris Faulk, Mackinac Arts Council; Jennifer Wohletz, accepting on behalf of Natalia Wohletz; Philip Rice; Beth Bynum; John Demers; Mary Bea McWatters; Phil Porter, Mackinac State Historic Parks Director

Winners were selected at a special awards ceremony on June 19.

1st Natalia Wohletz – Trail Lookout

2nd Mary Bea McWatters – West Bluff

3rd  John Demers – Morning After the Storm

HM –  Beth Bynum – A Grand View

HM – Jeremy Thornton – Almost There

HM – Philip Rice – Mackinac Raree

Kids’ Art Studio

Children interested in creating their own art will enjoy the Kids’ Art Studio, located on the lower level of the museum. The studio is open every day except Wednesday through August 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Artist-in-Residence Program

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

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