Montana’s memory starts here! Established in 1865, the Montana Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions of its kind west of the Mississippi River. The Museum offers visitors a glimpse into the state’s rich past.
The Museum features a 2,000 square foot exhibit gallery displaying the art of Montana’s “Cowboy Artist” Charles M. Russell (1864-1926), celebrated artist and illustrator. This exhibit is comprised of approximately 80 art pieces – including major oils, watercolors, pen and inks, pencil sketches, bronzes, sculptures, and illustrated letters. Art and sculptures are regularly rotated for preservation, to provide an opportunity to explore various themes in Russell’s work, and to highlight themes in related temporary exhibitions.
Meet “Big Medicine” – Montana’s infamous white buffalo, born in May 1933 on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
The Hands-On Kids’ Gallery, the Montana Homeland exhibit takes you back more than 12,000 years, and the Neither Empty Nor Unknown Gallery with rich Native American history of the early 1800s.
The Montana Historical Society Research Center collects, preserves, and provides access to a wide array of research collections, including manuscripts, government records, books, maps, and photographs about Montana and the west. These collections are open to the public for research or visiting. For more information about our collections, please explore our web page and online catalogs. Contact the Research Center at (406) 444-4739.
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