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

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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Piedmont
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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
20 helpful votes 20 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
148 helpful votes 148 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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Santa Barbara, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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

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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134 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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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14 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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