C.M. Russell Museum

C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls: Hours, Address, C.M. Russell Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

C.M. Russell Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Charlie Russell documented the West that was vanishing before his eyes, telling the story of the American West as no artist had before. Many of the stories Russell told through Russell's art and life resonate even today. The first museum dedicated to Western art, the C.M. Russell Museum houses Charles Marion Russell's original studio, the home where he lived, and many paintings and bronzes created by Russell and his contemporaries. It also includes a compelling exhibition of Browning Firearms, featuring information on John Moses Browning (1855-1926), one of the world's most important and innovative gun makers. Now allowing photography except for specific pieces (no flash photography). Find out why the C.M. Russell Museum is the art and soul of the American West.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Admission tickets
from $15.26
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Foldsjr
Anchorage, AK129 contributions
Well Worth the Visit
Sep 2021 • Couples
This is a first class museum. We were very impressed with such a beautiful and well designed facility. The exhibits were well thought out, and made sense of the artists growth. There are a number of exhibits and programs throughout the lower levels of the museum. One doesn't expect such a large well built and well appointed museum in a medium sized city off the beaten path. Kudos!
Written September 27, 2021
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Lisa C
116 contributions
Fabulous museum experience
Jul 2021
Even if you are not a C.M. Russell fan, you will appreciate this artist's contributions to American art and his desire to hold on to the West as it was when he was young.
Written August 23, 2021
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Lysippos
San Francisco, CA192 contributions
Disappointed
Jul 2021
I had visited here 38 years ago and didn't really remember what it was like. I was disappointed that there weren't more Russell paintings. Too much space is taken up with modern or other form artists. I didn't come here to see them; I came to see more Russells. Please acquire some more.
Written July 31, 2021
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BertC602
Lafayette, Indiana32 contributions
Terrific documentation of Russell and other western artists
Jul 2021
I have been a fan of western U.S. art for many years. However, it took until today for my wife and I to visit this site commemorating Charlie Russell's iconic artistic career and life. The museum covers Russell's work and the work of other historic and contemporary artists of the American and Canadian west. It also features an excellent exhibition on the role of bison in western American history and culture. This site also includes Russell house and studio while emphasizing the absolutely critical role his wife Nancy played in ensuring his stature and success. This is essential visiting for anyone interested in western U.S. history and art. Since the museum us in a residential neighborhood, you'll need to allow time to drive to find a place to eat lunch then return. Allow several hours to properly appreciate this experience!
Written July 13, 2021
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Joseph B
Murrells Inlet, SC450 contributions
Nice Exhibit of Russell with Historic Flair
Nice collection of Russell art plus special exhibits by other artists. During our time there, a Warhol and Schenk exhibit were on dispkay. Russell's home and studio are also there to tour.
Written July 10, 2021
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eur0star
pacific northwest242 contributions
A highlight of any trip to Montana
Jun 2021
A world-class museum. Also includes his studio and their home. Very open despite expansion construction. See his art plus are from other western artists. Large enough to accommodate large groups and not feel crowded. Some of the works in the basement floor are stunning. Do not miss them. Nice gift shop. A tremendous stop. Spend an hour or spend a day. We spent 90 minutes before lunch and 90 minutes after. Must do in Great Falls.
Written July 5, 2021
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Sandra G
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A Kindergarten Paper Field Trip
Feb 2021 • Family
To be able to see his home and studio where he worked. It gave us an intimate view of the artist you can't find anywhere else I took my Kindergartener who is 1/2 Blackfeet so she could get a perspective of art from an artist who lived the times. She took so many pictures with her camera and asked really good questions. I was impressed with the artwork on display and also the Indigenous peoples artifacts on display.
We learned he was not just a wonderful artist, but he also took many other artists under his wing. It was an amazing afternoon.
Written February 16, 2021
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Dennis N
Las Vegas, NV3 contributions
Very disappointing artwork, not worth the trip
Sep 2020
Very disappointing. We went several hundred miles out of our way and used up a day of our vacation to visit this museum. We then went to the Montana Historical Museum in Helena the next day. Compared to the Montana Historical Museum in Helena, the Russell Museum in Great Falls is small with mostly mediocre paintings. We spent less then an hour there.

I have been a Charlie Russel fan for 50+ years, as my grandfather had over a dozen prints on his walls. We highly anticipated the trip to the Russell Museum, and we were bitterly disappointed. It is clear this museum is struggling, and not getting local community support. For example, there are no signs on the freeway nor any signs in town directing tourists to the museum!

The museum is clean, Covid-19 aware. Friendly staff.

Unfortunately this museum should be shut down and the artwork moved to the Montana Historical Museum in Helena.
Written September 21, 2020
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Ginny H
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Excellent museum!
Aug 2020
Despite having to wear a mask while at the C.M. Russell Museum, our visit there was outstanding. The staff was helpful and friendly, and the exhibits were great. We enjoyed the gift shop very much. We toured the gallery, which was laid out in a very orderly way with a nice flow from one area to the next, and there was lots to see. We also toured the family home and Russell's studio, which were both interpreted well. We spent three hours and it was well worth it!
Written August 18, 2020
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LoriH611
Springfield, IL88 contributions
It's like stepping back in time into the artist's life!
Jun 2020
We spent a couple of days in Great Falls as part of a road trip to 5 national parks. We visited the museum on the only rainy day of our trip. I am very glad we had rain and ended up at the museum. We were not familiar with Charlie Russell and his work; the museum does a wonderful job of not only showcasing much of his art work but explaining his life story and how he came to be the renowned artist that he was. Also included in this story of his life is the huge role his wife Nancy played in his commercial artistic success. Absolutely fascinating story. Major bonus in visiting the museum is also seeing the Russell's home and artist studio adjacent to the museum. The buildings are the actual buildings and the interior spaces have been recreated in incredible detail. It's like stepping back in time into Charlie and Nancy's lives there in Great Falls. Highly recommend visiting this museum if you are in the area.
Written July 9, 2020
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