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C.M. Russell Museum

400 13th St. N., Great Falls, MT
406/727-8787
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Great Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites, Museums
Activities: Leisure education, Driving
Description: Museum complex where you can tour C.M. Russell's original studio, the home where he lived and view many of his paintings and sketches on display.
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Petaluma, California
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189 reviews 189 reviews
54 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We liked the downtown location and the fact that this was the actual spot where Russell painted in his studio - which can be viewed along with his house. The museum does a nice job of chronologically showing his work, tracing his talents from his early teens to later life. I did not know that he was also a sculptor,... More

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Niceville, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

A very extensive collection of paintings and bronzes by C.M. Russell, the quintessential western artist. The museum also had works by other similar artists, as well as a collection of plains indian artifacts. The Russell home and studio are also on the property and can be visited. For anyone interested in Western art, this is a must!

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Tucson, AZ
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I had a day to kill in Great Falls, and this museum was the 1st place I headed. It was SO worth it -- housing an amazing and (I think) unsurpassed collection of western art and artifacts. I spent all my time there in the museum itself, and was simply blown away by the wonderful collection. If you only see... More

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Thomasville, Georgia
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192 attraction reviews
293 helpful votes 293 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The art, the sculpture and the artist's studio are a delight at every turn. We spent several hours browsing and enjoyed every moment. Charles Russell's art is a treasure and so is this museum. It's easy to find so make the effort and you'll be extremely glad you did. Loved it much more than expected!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Charles Russell transgressed his family's hopes, landed in Montana at age 16, and never looked back to St. Louis where he came from. His paintings plus a few sculptures, his cowboy saddle a leather jacket he designed and other objects purvey a flavor of frontier life. Our informative docent helped us appreciate Charlie's bright spirit.

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Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were not aware of the Russell Museum until our arrival in Great Falls. It was a great experience.

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Ozark, Alabama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

An afternoon spent at the C.M. Russell Museum is like stepping back in time to see life in the old west through the eyes of an artist. The C.M. Russell artworks are well displayed and organized showing the progress he went through as he refined his craft from childhood drawings to grand masterpieces of western art. As you walk through... More

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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went to Jakers for New Years dinner. Choice of Menu or Buffet. We chose the Buffet. The food was just average. The usual salads, bread rolls and desserts. Our waitress brought us drinks but it was difficult to get refills after the first round of attention.

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A very cool museum to the life of Charles Russell. I am not a fan of art, but cowboy art is a whole other thing. It was fascinating to see his art style grow and also get a glimpse of life back then. We gave ourselves 3 hours to see the whole thing and couldn't do it. So plan ahead.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Good variety of displays in the museum. Liked visiting the home and hearing stories from the volunteer on duty. The studio was a very interesting way to gain insight into his way of working.

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