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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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Santa Barbara, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

I'm not a fan of Russell, but made the hour trip to Great Falls since I had some time while I was visiting family nearby. I'm so glad I did. Ive worked in museums for 30 years and enjoyed the 3 buildings, and was particularly happy to find the George Catlin temporary exhibit there. I was surprised at how large... More

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Qualicum Beach
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7 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Could easily have missed this in the drive from Helena to Bozeman! Don't let anyone talk you out of visiting this museum. The history, life, peers and mentors of Russell are all profiled very, very well. Well worth the minimum cost.

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Hyrum
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

It was closed, but we walked around the grounds and enjoyed sculptures, historical buildings. Encountered more C.M.Russell history/memorabilia on our travels.

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Top Contributor
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128 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

The museum is dedicated to Charles Russell and his work. He painted an drew many old west pictures, especially of buffaloes and Indians. There are lots of Indian artifacts that are quite interesting, and the story of the decline of the buffalo herds - a very sad tale. Russell's house and studio are in back of the museum.

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Maple Grove, Minnesota
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13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I am a fairly middling Russell fan, and before our visit I don't think my wife knew who he was. We both thought the museum was excellent. The major complaints I see from other reviewers involve the other exhibits - other artists' work and bison, Native American, and firearms exhibits. The guns occupy a small portion of the museum, and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Native American area focused on the Bison and their role in their lives. Charlie Russell's work - just amazing, plus some of his artist friends' works, the horse-drawn hearse and the Mint back bar. Wonderful!

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We decided to do this sort of last min. It's really too bad we couldn't spend more time here, although we did stay for almost 2 hours. Give yourself about 3! Definitely worth the 10$ admission. If you enjoy historical art, this is a must see. You really start to see the world through the artists eyes. Worth every penny.... More

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Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Really enjoyed the history and art. Very extensive collection if you like western art. Inexpensive - worth the trip.

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Montrose, Colorado, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Russell was called the "cowboy artist" and this museum is a nice tribute to his works. The rooms are large and filled with wonderful pictures and stories of Russell's life and how he changed his style of painting. Very nice that the museum was built right on the spot where is home and studio are located and touring them takes... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This is the most complete collection of Russell art, well organized by his life periods. Also the other artist collections were a great and pleasant surprise. The Bison exhibition was truly jaw dropping and emotional. Native American art and head dresses are beautiful. The staff are helpful, knowledgeable, witty and engaging. The Russell house and studio are well preserved and... More

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