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$7 for Admission for Two to the Fall Harvest Festival (Up to $14 Value)
Celebrating the end of summer, MAC's Fall Harvest Festival plunges festival-goers into a daylong celebration of nature, running from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Guests can start in the museum, and check out the last day of Dig It! The Secrets of Soil, an exhibit designed by the Smithsonian to unearth the complex microscopic ecosystem of soil. The festival will mark the opening of the museum's newest exhibit, David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work. One of the first scientific explorers to visit the Columbia River and interior Northwest from Europe, Douglas made invaluable contributions to the botanical sciences with detailed dispatches of the region's plants and animals, including the Douglas fir, which was named after him for his introduction of the plant to Europe. The exhibit includes details of his travels and interactions with the traders and tribes of the Northwest and a collection of scientific specimens related to his studies, including a fully preserved California condor and special lectures from the redwood tree that guided him in his travels.
Outside, historian Jack Nisbet will lead a tour of People's Park, pointing out interesting botanical sights while booths demonstrate urban foraging and orienteering skills. Family-friendly games and festive music intermingle with more sober disquisitions on man's relationship to nature in the 21st century. Guests can get their fill of fresh produce at the farmers’ market, and they can cap off the day with included admission to the fin-de-siècle Campbell House.
Northwest Museum of Art & Culture Spokane
The Northwest Museum of Art & Culture preserves and illuminates an extensive collection of material about the Plateau Indian culture of the Pacific Northwest. Traditional textiles and carvings coexist with more than 10,000 photographs that document the indigenous culture. Historic regional paintings include works from Spokane's Works Progress Administration arts center, which created a vibrant space for artists in the depths of the Great Depression.
In addition to its staggering exhibits and regular collections, the museum immerses guests in turn-of-the-century culture with the Campbell House, which is nestled on the campus. Originally built by Idaho mine owner Amasa Campbell at the end of the 19th century, the neoclassical revival home designed by Kirtland K. Cutter provides a window into the life of a wealthy northwestern family at the turn of the century. A handsome Tudor façade welcomes visitors before they venture into the elegantly restored interior, which deftly mixes architectural styles with a French-style reception area, a Middle Eastern–style game room, and a library outfitted with an inglenook fireplace and an authentic steam-powered flat-screen TV.