Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell

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Our Mission

To enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park

Museum Overview

The Hockaday Museum of Art's mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park. The Museum maintains a permanent collection and offers rotating exhibits by nationally renowned and emerging artists, in addition to a permanent exhibit of Glacier National Park art and culture. A Discovery Gallery provides hands-on activities for children that changes along with the rotating exhibits.

Museum History

In 1967, the Flathead Branch of the Montana Institute of the Arts explored the need for a community art center in the Flathead Valley. Area residents responded enthusiastically, and on February 10, 1969, the Flathead Valley Art Association opened the Hockaday Center for the Arts as a community art center in the Carnegie Library building.

The art center was named for Lakeside artist Hugh Hockaday (1892-1968), who had moved to the Flathead Valley after a successful career as a commercial artist, and who passed away during the conversion of the Carnegie library to an art center. In 1998, the Hockaday Center changed its name to the Hockaday Museum of Art to reflect its new focus as a museum.

Building History

The Hockaday Museum is housed in a turn-of-the-century Carnegie Library Building that is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The more than 100-year-old building, now wheelchair accessible, has undergone significant renovations to create a sophisticated museum setting while retaining the building's historic beauty.

Collection

The Museum’s growing permanent collection focuses on the art and artists of Montana. Featured in the permanent collection are works by Leonard Lopp, Bud Helbig, Ace Powell, O.C. Seltzer, Russell Chatham, Jeanne Hamilton, Hugh Hockaday, David Shaner, Thomas English, Bob Scriver, Gary Schildt, Tom Saubert, Frank Hagel, Mark Ogle, Jeff Walker, and others.

The Crown of the Continent

This permanent exhibition captures the nostalgia and grandeur of Glacier National Park that today still attracts so many artists seeking to portray its greatness. It features works by significant Glacier Park authors, photographers, and painters as well as Park collectibles, including vintage maps and hand-tinted photographs. While artists change from time to time, the exhibit always features the art and culture of Glacier National Park.

Off the Wall Gift Gallery

The Hockaday offers a charming source of unique pottery, glass, jewelry, cards, prints, books and other original handiwork by local and regional artists.

Admission

Adults $5

Seniors (60+) $4

College Students $2

Children K-12 Free

Members Free

Hours of Operation

10am - 5pm, Tuesday - Saturday

302 Second Avenue East

Kalispell, Montana 59901

tel 406.755.5268

fax 406.755.2023

Wheelchair Accessible
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  • The Hockaday is a Kalispell institution, a must see for locals and visitors alike. The exhibits change regularly, the staff is friendly and informative and membership is very inexpensive!  more »
  • The Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell, Montana, is a treasure trove of artwork and photographs produced by Montana artists, current and historic, designed to enrich the cultural life of the communit...  more »
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  • The mission is: To enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park. But in my opinion the Hockaday Museum tends to be a little bit self-serving and that I don't see how it promotes artists outside of its own venue. Nonetheless I'm sure it has wonderful art pieces and works that are worth checking out
  • Was given a fantastic tour by Beth. The atmosphere is quiet and the place is wonderful and affordable. I was even able to purchase a nice piece with grizzlies on it.

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