Spokane Museums

Vacations are always made more memorable by a visit to a museum. Though Spokane is known for our natural beauty and urban river gorge, our museums also offer inspiring and stimulating experiences that are not to be missed. Whether you are seeking an educational or artistic outing, or simply a new destination, the museums of Spokane offer something for everyone.


Take local treasure the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture (or MAC), for example. This museum is located in the historic Browne's Addition neighborhood, just west of downtown Spokane. An accredited museum, MAC was founded in 1916 and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. It specializes in art and regional history, including the lives of early pioneers and the area's indigenous peoples. A truly multifaceted institution, the five-acre MAC grounds are also home to the Campbell House, a preserved residence from the 1900s.

Children’s Museums & Science Center

If you are entertaining a younger crowd, however, a visit to the Mobius Children's Museum is in order. This lively museum can be found on the lower level of River Park Square in downtown Spokane. Here children learn through play and hands-on exploration. It is an educational space where kids can be kids. Nearby is the Mobius Science Center in the historic Washington Water Power building, between Riverfront Park and Huntington Park and overlooking Spokane Falls. Geared towards ages eight and up, the Mobius Science Center has interactive exhibits on topics such as physics, engineering, math and even architecture. Their labs and fun demonstrations make science entertaining and approachable in ways you never knew possible. Both locations are ideal to stir curious young minds and spend time together as a family.

Spokane does indeed have something for everyone and there is no better example of that than our fine museums. With a range of subjects and approaches to choose from, these cultural hotspots demonstrate the versatility of life in the Northwest. 

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