When visiting Spokane, Washington, a must-see is the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. Founded in 1916, this Smithsonian affiliate is the largest cultural organization in the Inland Northwest.
The museum brings to life the cultures and heritage of the diverse people of the Inland Northwest through collections, exhibitions and programs. Its collection of Plateau Indian art and artifacts is the largest in the world. And more than one million objects in its total collection include fine art, artifacts, photos and more from the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Opening on April 29, 2023, the “Frank S. Matsura: Portraits from the Borderland” collection of Native American portraits exhibits the photographs of renowned photographer Matsura alongside period-specific tribal regalia from the Columbia Plateau. These are only one of several exhibits running simultaneously at the museum.
Also part of the museum is the 1898 Campbell House, a 13,000-square-foot residence that provides visitors a perspective of late-19th-century life in the burgeoning Inland Northwest.