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C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls

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C.M. Russell Museum Complex is an art museum located in the city of Great Falls, Montana, in the United States. The museum's primary function is to display the artwork of Great Falls "cowboy artist" Charles Marion Russell, for whom the museum is named. The museum also displays illustrated letters by Russell, work materials used by him, and other items which help visitors understand the life and working habits of Russell. In addition, the museum displays original 19th, 20th, and 21st century art depicting the American Old West and the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the American West. In 2009, the Wall Street Journal called the institution "one of America's premier Western art museums." Located on the museum property is Russell's log cabin studio, as well as his two-story wood frame home. The house and log cabin studio were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965, and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.Beginning in 1969, the museum co-hosted the C.M. Russell Auction of Original Western Art—an auction of 19th, 20th, and 21st century art of the American West whose proceeds benefit the museum. The auction has received media attention in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In 2010, the two co-hosts parted ways, and the C.M. Russell Museum inaugurated a new auction, "The Russell."
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  • My daughter and I visited the C. M. Russell Museum and became enchanted with the works and life of the artist. The had a great selection of his work and artifacts from his life. The exhibits on the Bi...  more »
  • As arguably one of the most famous people in the state's history, a trip here is almost mandatory for most tourists. Exhibits in a beautifully constructed building lay out his career that started with...  more »
  • Went here for a group outing while on a business trip. Although the museum was very enjoyable, there was a Native American exhibit that I would have liked to see that was not open at the time. Overall...  more »
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  • I'm getting myself introduced​ to Western Art. CM Russell Museum is a really good place to see artworks of Charlie Russell. His works include sculptures as well as paintings​.
  • Charles M. Russell paints Western sunsets in a manner only paralleled by God. The cool part about the Great Falls CMR museum is that many of Russell's cowboy paintings were sold out of state, but most of his Indian paintings remain in state. He's a legendary Indian painter, captured a wonderful way of life as drastically changed with the closing of the frontier.
  • Fun museum. Might be a little boring for non artsy people, but you can do your own pace and it's definitely worth a visit!
  • Overpriced for what it is. Almost seems like it is trying too hard to be a museum but just seems lackluster. Much of the art isn't art and/or isn't Charley Russell works. Photography (even no flash) isn't permitted, which seems ridiculous. Spend your time and zero dollars at the History Museum instead, which was more interesting.
  • A treasure trove of Montana history in art. A must see when coming to Montana.