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C.M. Russell Museum

400 13th St. N., Great Falls, MT
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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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150 Mile House, B.C. Canada
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116 reviews 116 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Was well worth taking in...we missed it last time through as closed Mondays. Great collection of Russell's & others. Well laid out & spacious building. Art studio & Russell house behind museum also worth taking a peek at

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Dalton, Georgia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

This is a very interesting place. I learned a lot from all the paintings and the writing beside them. I really enjoyed seeing his home and where he painted. I loved seeing his wife's home and all the furniture .

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SF Bay area
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31 reviews 31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

This is a wonderful art museum showcasing western art, specifically cowboys and Native Americans. Many of C.M. Russell's works, but also other famous 'cowboy artists'. Even if you don't think you care for western art, I would recommend this museum. The pieces and accompanying scripts by many of the paintings are wonderful. Give yourself a couple of hours. The building... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We greatly enjoyed the C.M. Russell Museum, studio and residence. The museum is attractive and spacious, showcasing the artwork beautifully. The C.M. Russell display was an expansive collection highlighting his development as a painter and sculptor from his early years throughout his stellar career. In addition to scenes of cowboy and Native American life it also includes some lovely landscapes.... More

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Billings, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The art alone is worth the stop. The entrance fee is nominal in comparison to what is there to see. It is interesting to follow the artist's development. In addition to works by Russell, there are other western artists who compliment his artwork which is the focus. There is a great gift shop also. If you plan to visit, plan... More

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Great Falls, Montana
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I think this is the best museum experience in Great Falls. The art is world class and the setting is perfect. We enjoyed the outbuildings as well. The free days with kids activities are looked forward to by all of my children.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We hiked from our hotel to the museum and it was well worth the walk. The museum has a remarkable collection of his works (paintings, sculptures, letters and drawings) and shows the development of his skills over time. This is a superb museum. Be sure to visit his log cabin studio. The museum also highlights some of his contemporaries as... More

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It's such a special treat to find such incredible art all in one place. You will want to use the map of the museum to make sure you see all of the exhibits particularly in the basement. We were very disappointed when we discovered that we had missed a few of the rooms after we left. The home and workshop... More

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Findlay, Ohio
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50 reviews 50 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I really appreciated how this museum balanced the cowboy and native stories of the old west. This really was a spectacular collection of art. Can't wait to go back.

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Dallas, Texas
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218 reviews 218 reviews
142 attraction reviews
155 helpful votes 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Wonderful museum about C.M. Russell's art work--from early works to final, from paintings to sculpture. The docent for an hour + tour was terrific. I think she said she was 89 years old; amazing woman. We really learned a lot. There is also a basement floor that has all kinds of kids and adult activities. Plan many days there. Also... More

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