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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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  • I have made three visits to this museum over the past 40 years and each time there is something new. I like how not only Russell's work is displayed, but information about buffaloes and Native America...  more »
  • If you’ve never seen C. M. Russell art, this is the place to go. He depicts so many early western scenes. A gifted artist!  more »
  • Beautiful, modern museum with a wide variety of Western artists. Give yourself plenty of time to read a description of the art. While traveling through the museum, you can appreciate Charlie's growth ...  more »
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  • Great showcase for a fabulous collection of Charley's diverse art. Well told stories and art descriptions. Galleries and map could benefit from numbering or lettering, perhaps I missed the guide. I had a hard time flowing through the large impressive exhibits. Mostly high ticket items in gift store, westernish, not all related to Russell. Much better selection of books and moderately priced items related primarily to the artist in Montana historical museum in Helena. Russell museum in Great Falls new modern building, Helena museum old with friendly staff. See both! Stay in Helena, much more modern small city with more to offer; large famous Russell hangs in state Capitol building directly across from the museum.
  • Worth a visit. We stopped in while passing through. Figured we would spend a half hour or so, which turned into two hours. Lots of great paintings and history, along with some museum pieces. My only complaint is the lack of direction of how to progress through the museum. No theme to follow, which is partly why it took two hours.
  • Of the countless museums around the Great Falls, Montana area, CM Russell Museum is my favorite. If you're interested in art, history, or CM Russell himself, the CM Russell Museum is a great place to visit! Such a unique museum, with a comfortable and homey feel. I definitely recommend the museum for anyone living in the area or just visiting.
  • Very well-kept museum. Deceivingly bigger than the outside of the building leads on. The gift store has a lot of unique gifts and replica paintings. Very family friendly and a wonderful piece of Great Falls history.
  • one of the best museums of western art! place is awesome! One of the first great western artists who actually lived the life of a working cowboy before there were fence lines in Montana.
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