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Current Exhibits

ʔax̌ʷmn ̓ - To Brush the Water: Reviving Canoe Culture on the Upper Columbia River (2013 – 2021) (through Dec. 4)

This exhibit elebrates the distinctive design and aesthetics of Indigenous technologies, including a distinctive canoe type, from the Columbia Plateau. This exhibit is curated by Dr. Shawn Brigman (an enrolled member of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and descendant of the snʕáyckst and tk’emlúps te secwepemc). Visitors will learn about Shawn’s cultural recovery work while celebrating the arts and technologies of his ancestors.


You’re in Wheat Country: A Photographic Journey with Skip Smith (through Dec. 4)

This exhibit features photographs from small towns located in the arid wheat-country eastern Washington: Washtucna, Ritzville, Kahlotus, Lind, and Connell.  Visitors will be immersed in poignant landscapes and portraits that capture the subtle beauty of everyday life in these communities. Smith photographed and interviewed residents, who shared meaningful stories about the places they call home. 


Agates: Beautiful and Complex (Window on Central exhibit) (Available through Dec. 4)

This exhibit features some of the beautiful agates in the MCE collection.  But they are not only beautiful to look at, they also tell us complex geological stories!


Choosing to Participate (Dean Hall Lobby) (Available through Dec. 4)

This exhibit asks us to reflect on our civic decisions—decisions people make about themselves and others in their community, nation, and world. The choices people make, both large and small, may not seem important at the time, but little by little they shape us as individuals and responsible global citizens. This exhibit was developed by Facing History and Ourselves and is made possible by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services.  

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