The two-story, 16-gallery CM Russell Museum is an ode to celebrated artist of the American West Charles Marion Russell, and his former home in Great Falls, Montana. Alive during the heyday of the Wild West between the 19th and 20th centuries, Russell produced more than 4,000 paintings, sketches and bronze sculptures capturing the period's knock for posterity. Hundreds of his intricate watercolors line the museum’s walls, painting a picture of the dusty plains, big skies, furious bison, and colorful inhabitants of the region at that time. Photographs, artwork, and related collections by other American West artists—including a display of John Moses Browning antique firearms—also fill the galleries.
Next door, Russell’s former home and separate log cabin studio, both registered National Historic Landmarks, lend insight into the life and times of the man. The home is open for tours and included in the price of admission, though the studio remains closed during ongoing restoration. To appreciate both the museum and the home, a half day visit is recommended.
The CM Russell Museum is located in Great Falls, Montana. The museum is closed on Mondays from May to October, and on both Mondays and Tuesdays from November to April. Hours are always 10am to 5pm.
Admission includes entrance to both the museum and neighboring historic home. Cost of admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and veterans, and $4 students. Children age 5 and younger enter free, as well as active military members and their families.