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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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  • My expectations were exceeded five minutes after becoming a member via online. I received a follow up phone call, welcoming me on membership, asking if I had any questions and when would I be visiting...  more »
  • TBH I did not know much about C.M. Russell before we went to this museum, but I'm glad we went. They had just finished their annual fund raiser so many of the rooms were empty or close. The ones that ...  more »
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  • Great place to learn some heritage of Great Falls. The museum has art pieces coming and going all the time so visit back a few times a year to see what is new. The tour for the school kids is the best field trip they get to go on for the year! The outside house is only open during the summer months so plan your trip around that. There are a ton of original works you get to see in first person. This museum is a first class place as you get to see it up close and personal no ropes and glass you have to look through. The tour guides are very informative as they know a lot of details others would walk right past. There is so much art that you could spend days so plan for at least one full day to take it all in and not be rushed. It is fun to see and hear the kids talk about what they are seeing as they travel back in time looking at the works of art by Charles m Russel! It is also a great way to see the old west in a raw unbiased way as c m Russel saw it and heard about it. I want to personally thank the museum for offering such a wonderful experience and we will be back often to help support such a big part of our great town.
  • A highlight to tour during the Western Art Weekend thanks to Pepsi. The restoration of the studio was incredible, to see the notes & unfinished works, a true pleasure.

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