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C.M. Russell Museum


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The genius of Charles M. Russell (1864–1926) is nowhere more apparent than at the museum bearing his name. The C.M. Russell Museum holds one of the nation's largest collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and illustrated letters from Russell's boyhood through the end of his life.

Russell's artwork portrays the daily life of the range cowboy and the Plains Indian, the monumental landscapes of the Montana wilderness and its sovereign inhabitants—the bison, elk, bear, and wolf—all reflected through the artist's personal experience during the closing days of the western frontier. Russell's whimsical side is revealed in tiny, playful figures of gnomes, elves, and caricatures fashioned out of clay, wax, plaster, and bark.

The museum complex includes Russell's original house and log cabin studio, together designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. With these structures and his personal collections of cowboy gear and Indian artifacts, total immersion in artist's life and creative process is possible.

In addition to its extensive Russell collections, the museum also features a groundbreaking permanent exhibition on the crucial role of the bison in the cultural life of the Northern Plains between 1800 and the present. The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture presents Northern Plains Indian clothing, regalia, tools, and weapons, as well as contemporary interpretations of the bison as a pervasive symbol in American culture.

The C.M. Russell Museum regularly hosts nationally acclaimed visiting temporary exhibitions.

Contact the museum or visit for a current schedule of exhibitions, workshops, and programs.

Admission fees:
adult $9.00
student $4.00
senior and veterans $7.00
active military and children 5 and under are free

Group tours need to be scheduled in advance. Please contact our tour coordinator at 406-727-8787 or visit
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Street Address
400 13th Street North
Great Falls, MT 59401 Get directions
Mailing Address
400 13th Street North
Great Falls, MT 59401
All Year
Summer May 1 - October 31 Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Winter November 1 - April 30 Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm Studio & House reopen March 2019
Payment Methods
American Express, Cash, Discover, Master Card, Personal Check (In State), Personal Check (Out Of State), Travelers Checks, Visa
Reservations Accepted, Walk-Ins Welcome
AAA Discount, Child Discount, Group Discount, Military, Senior Citizens, Student Discount
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Special Directions

The C.M. Russell Museum is located off Interstate 15. Take exit 278 (IL-200 E/US-89 S/10th Ave S) and continue on 10th Ave S to 15th Street S (this is a one-way street going north). Turn left on 15th St S, then left on 5th Ave N. The Museum Complex is on the southwest corner of 13th Street and 5th Avenue North.