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Visit one or all of the Inland Northwest's many museums to learn more about the history of the region, the people and animals that live here

click to enlarge The Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. - EMMA ROGERS
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APPALOOSA MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTER  Go on a self-led exploration through a theater, library and exhibits all about the Appaloosa horse. Discover the important relationship between the spotted equine and the Nez Perce Indians, and learn more about the modern-day Appaloosa Horse Club.  2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-5578 •

JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER  Explore Japanese culture through books, newspapers, videos and other items displayed throughout the center at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute. Also the American campus for the Mukogawa Women's University in Japan, the cultural center reaches out to both international and regional audiences to promote global friendship and peace.  4000 W. Randolph Rd. • 328-2971 •

JUNDT ART MUSEUM Located on Gonzaga University's campus, this fine art museum's galleries often feature traveling exhibits alongside regular showcases of the university's growing permanent art collection, which includes a stunning glass installation by Dale Chihuly, famous prints, paintings, tapestries and more.  200 E. Desmet Ave. • 313-6843 •

MOBIUS CHILDREN'S MUSEUM Mobius Kids has been bringing hands-on science, art and culture activities to Spokane kiddos for more than a decade now. Stop by the convenient River Park Square location and spend an afternoon making crafts, playing with critters, learning about the ecosystem and how things work.  River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave. • 321-7121 •

MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER Mobius Science Center has now reopened in the Post Street Annex of the Washington Water Power building downtown, next to Riverfront Park. With its reopening in July came the "Bodies Human: Anatomy in Motion" exhibit, a display of real human specimens preserved through a process of replacing bodily fluids with reactive plastics, called plastination. "Bodies Human" will be on display at Mobius through the end of 2016.  331 N. Post St. • 321-7133 •

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE Art and regional history unite at Spokane's most renowned museum, also the home of the Eastern Washington State Historical Society. Visitors to the museum can enjoy both long-term and rotating exhibits in the MAC's five galleries, which are complemented by an always-changing offering of educational workshops and classes for all ages.  2316 W. First Ave. • 456-3931 •

PALOUSE DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER Here, visitors can explore 11,200 square feet of exhibits and hands-on science activities for all ages. Bring the whole family to a Family Science Saturday event and learn about things like radio waves or how 3-D printing works. Or sign the kids up for a daily lesson or a summer camp to learn about robots, animals or kitchen chemistry while you attend one of the museum's science pubs — informal discussions about a variety science topics at nearby Paradise Creek Brewery.  950 NE Nelson Ct., Pullman, Wash. • 332-6869 •

SPOKANE VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM  This small museum's mission is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history and culture of the Spokane Valley. The Heritage Museum hosts a mix of local and regional history exhibits, like a recent look into the life of Washington Territory's first Governor, Isaac Stevens, along with traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian.  12114 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-4570 •

MUSEUM OF ART WSU Located in the Fine Arts Building on Washington State University's main Pullman campus, the Museum of Art hosts exhibits by esteemed guest artists from around the world, along with regularly schedules exhibitions showcasing the university's own talented faculty and students.  Wilson Rd., Pullman, Wash. • 335-1910 •

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