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C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls

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4.4/5 based on 280+ reviews on the web
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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  • We walked quite a way through Great Falls to see this but found the atmosphere a bit intimidating - there were guards all over the place and millions of notices prohibiting anything but breathing. A b...  read more »
  • Amazing presentation of Charles M. Russell's works, along with many from his contemporaries. To accurately portray events, Mr. Russell spent 11 years working as a "real" cowboy and living with native ...  read more »
  • It was rainy and cold and the Lewis and Clark place was closed because it's Monday. So the CM Russell Museum was open. We both enjoyed it! Many personal Russell items as well as an intriguing look at ...  read more »
  • Very well run museum. They're always having special events for the kids. I never knew that Western are could be so cool!
  • Greatest museum in memorium of the man who captured the west, in his art.
  • Super enjoyed the museum, awesome art that captures a significant time in history.
  • The woman at the front desk (Ms. Foxman?) was terribly rude! I went to the museum with a group and everyone else had their university student ID except mine was in the car- she would not take my word I was a student and made me go out in the pouring rain to get it. Once I handed it to her she said in a snarky, condescending voice "I hope that was worth saving $5!" She was so nasty to all of us the we almost left, and in hindsight should have. Be prepared to have museum staff hover and follow you around awkwardly- yet have no knowledge and not be able to answer any questions. I have never been to a museum anywhere in the world where the staff was so rude, disinterested and generally clueless. The bison exhibit is well done and worth seeing! The postcard station is also a fun and interactive.
  • The guide we had new absolutely nothing about Charles Russell waste of time, the museum has more artists works than Mr Russell's, I initially thought this was a Charles Russell museum they should at least have copies of his work if they can't have the originals. Hard to find the museum
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