Edward S. Curtis the North American Indian

May 11 through September 10, 2017

In 2017, the Muskegon Museum of Art will present Edward S. Curtis:  The North American Indian, an event of national significance celebrating the artistic genius and lasting cultural legacy of Edward Curtis, an early-1900s photographer who sacrificed everything for his art, died in obscurity, but left behind one of the greatest artistic collaborations and photographic achievements in history. The exhibition will run May 11 through September 10, 2017.

Curtis’s images have been extensively exhibited and collected, and have become iconic over the past century. Organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, this exhibition will be the largest and most comprehensive survey ever presented of Edward S. Curtis’s masterpiece. For what is believed to be the first time, the entire collection of all 723 portfolio photographs will be on display. In addition to the photographs, the exhibition will include all 20 bound volumes, the original field recordings of Native music, historic objects from Curtis’s life and work, and examples of cultural artifacts represented in the photographs.

A wide-ranging schedule of special programs, including events organized by other museums and cultural organizations throughout the area, will accompany the exhibition.



 Kutenai Duck Hunter by Curtis

Exhibition Tickets

  • Adults: $10
  • Students 17 & over, with I.D.: $7
  • Children 16 & under: Free
  • Muskegon Museum of Art Members: Free
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  • Group Rates are available (20 people or more at $8 per person). Call 231.720.2571 or email Kelli (khepler@mspk12.net) to make group purchases and arrangements.

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Exhibition Hours

  • Special Hours: May 11 through September 10, 2017
  • Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., with free admission 4 to 8 p.m., compliments of Meijer

Major Cultural Partners

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians

Lakeshore Museum Center & Michigan’s Heritage Park


The Lakeshore Museum Center is featuring some of its permanent collection of Native American artifacts in partnership with the Muskegon Museum of Art’s exhibit, Edward S. Curtis: The North American Indian.