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C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls

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Charles M. Russell captured the landscapes, the spirit, and the culture of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Because the collection of the C.M. Russell Museum spans the artist’s entire lifespan and includes the artist’s home and studio, the museum is the only place in the world where visitors can experience a total immersion in the art and life of Charles Russell, considered by many to be the foremost artist of the American West.

Russell’s log studio was built adjacent to his home in 1903. Made of western red cedar telephone poles, the studio is filled with authentic cowboy gear and Indian artifacts that Russell collected and used when he painted and sculpted.

The Charles M. Russell home is a blue, two-story frame house built in 1900 for $800. It is furnished with period pieces as well as items from the Russell family. When it was built, it was located in the most fashionable district in Great Falls.

The Museum Store features museum-quality gifts, collectibles, books, and clothing. The store provides mail-order service and can ship items anywhere in the world.

The Discovery Gallery provides an interactive space for families and children of all ages to explore Russell’s art and life in the Old West. It features period props, art activities, a fur-trade store, Indian Village, and chuck wagon.

The mission of the C.M. Russell Museum is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell; the art and lives of his contemporaries; and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depicts and focuses on the culture, life, and country of Russell’s West.
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  • It is true we are fans of western art but this museum provides more than a few paintings and sculptures It gives a very good portrait of the artist, his family his experience and his art. The art itse...  more »
  • If you're a fan of western art then be sure to visit this museum. A few other artists are featured but of course Charlie Russell's art is the main feature. Easy to navigate the museum. We couldn't do ...  more »
  • We did not know anything about this place until another stranger spoke to us about it. It was terrific. You can really appreciate the artists talent and the extent to his creativity. You learn about h...  more »
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  • We had a team building experience here for work and got a guided tour. It was very educational and fun! I plan to go back on my own in the near future and explore some more. Definitely give yourself plenty of time, there is a lot to see! Great for all ages!!
  • Fabulous display of a great cowboy artist. We had a great experience and would recommend the venue to any visitors to the area. The staff went friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Well done Great Falls.
  • I thought this was just going to an art museum but it's so much more! I love the Russell home with it's character and antiques. I loved the Cabin Studio and imagine watching him paint there or coming to check on him and finding him sleeping on the cot. And the museum with it's variety: Western Art, displays on Western life, so much info on bisons, native American items, saddles, hats and a hearse! The museum store is also pretty awesome. They have nice gift items.
  • Wonderful, beautiful and breathtaking paintings by Charles Russell. This is a wonderful museum with much to see along with other artists. This is my third year visiting from Canada and love it every time. Not to miss. Life is Good! :)
  • The Russell home and log cabin studio plus a massive museum with art and displays well laid out. What a great tribute to America's best western artist!
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