C.M. Russell Museum
C.M. Russell Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
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
Summer Hours (May 1-Sept 30): Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. Winter Hours (Oct 1-April 30): Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit our website for holiday closures. 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.
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Lysippos
San Francisco, CA253 contributions
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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Docmarx
Texas75 contributions
The Charles Russell Museum in Great Falls is a world-class facility showcasing the life's work of Western artist Charley Russell. Russell's personal story is really compelling. The son of a wealthy St. Louis family, he ran away to Montana at age 16 to work as a cowboy and never looked back. The self-taught young artist began to capture the places, people, and animals of the West in his spare time. Eventually he began to sell his work (mostly to local bars). When he married, his wife took over management of his career, and eventually he came one of America's most famous artists.

It's amazing to see the explosion of personal creativity showcased at the Russell museum. From his early work to his later poignant masterpieces, to his sculpture, sketches, and humor pieces, this place is a real feast for both the brain and the senses. Other western artists are featured in adjoining exhibits, but it is Russell who provides the emotional heart and soul here that you will never forget.

Be sure to go see his house and his studio, also on the grounds of the museum, and take a look in the great gift shop. The Russell Museum is a must-stop for lovers of art or western history.
Written August 27, 2007
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Cheapseater
East Tennessee1,669 contributions
I can add nothing to the rave reviews already posted but to acknowledge that the art is great! If you love art, you will enjoy this visit. If you love western art, then there is none better in my book. The studio and home are educational and entertaining.
Written October 31, 2010
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divingvet
Great Falls Montana2 contributions
C.M. 'Charlie' Russell, was THE "cowboy'' artist of the late 1800's and early 1900's ... from pencil, to pen and ink, to water colors and oil paintings, to ceramic and bronze sculpture,"Charlie' did it all ... and with breathtaking skill and heart-felt devotion to the The West.

He was prolific in his own right, and inspired other Western artist, as well. The result is a huge collection of stunning fine art rarely seen outside major metropolitan cities.

Great Halls is a wonderful, historic city in it's own right, but the C.M. Russell Museum makes it a MUST SEE if you pass through central Montana.
Written September 28, 2009
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margatemensch2016
Coconut Creek, FL778 contributions
I agree wholeheartedly with reviewer,Docmarx about the excellence of the Charlie Russell Art Museum.In addition to its splendid paintings by Charlie Russell("Rocky Mountain Goat";"Tenderfoot"),there are delightful paintings by Olaf Seltzer,another major American Western painter("Hereford Bull"),a huge collection of gauntlets from numerous indian tribes(Nez Perce,Blackfeet),and a series of paintings by Contemporary Native American,Gary Schildt depicting the customs of the Blackfeet Indian Tribe("Cutting of the Buffalo Tongue").There is also a room displaying the works of Contemporary Montana-associated painters like;Laurie Stevens,Ron Ukrainetz,Todd Gilleon,and Jeff Walker which reinforced my concept of how beautiful Montana is.So enjoy this fine American Western Art Museum.
Written August 4, 2008
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VirginiaGeorgia
Atlanta, GA121 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
A very well done, carefully thought out museum. Kudos to the curator and staff! I have seen many exhibits of Russell's work; this is the best. We spent about two hours on our first visit and then went back later.
Written October 4, 2015
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Teri
Great Falls, MT30 contributions
Aug 2015
I have been going to this museum since childhood, it has grown and been updated over the decades and is very well supported. For me this place is one of the defining features of Great Falls. Among the finest of Western artists, we have also seen Warhol and Picasso here. The log cabin studio has held a certain fascination for me but I have never been inside the house which was just recently opened to the public. The grounds are park-like and inviting all on their own.
Written October 1, 2015
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I M C
Cut Bank, MT115 contributions
Mar 2015
The Russell is a great museum for such a small town. The community of Great Falls, with many others who appreciate the work of Montana's most well known artist, has done an outstanding job of creating and maintaining one of the best attractions in the state. There is always something new to see at the Russell, and there are many pieces that have been there for years. I never get tired of seeing any of them. If you are an art fan you will love this place, and if you are not, you likely will still love this place. It is about so much more than art. It is a view into cultures and times that none of us ever knew, yet that shaped our state, and our country, in ways we see every day. Don't miss a chance to see the C.M. Russell Museum.
Written September 17, 2015
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cowboyrancher
Portland, OR35 contributions
Sep 2015 • Solo
I visited the Russell Museum Sept. 10-11, 2015. Once again, I joined as a member. Membership and entry fees are quite reasonable. In order to do it justice, I recommend at least a half- day be devoted to its exhibits, the grounds, the boyhood home of Charles Russell, and the gift shop. Start on the lower level and work your way up. Staff and management are great !!
Written September 16, 2015
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Marcia
Great Falls, MT93 contributions
Mar 2012 • Friends
Even if you do not know Charlie Russell as a great Western artist, this museum will help you and your family learn about Western life at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries, as well as art from more recent western artists. If you are there on a weekend, you may find a class for your children or yourself. The gift shop is a great place to pick up souvenirs from Montana or gifts to take home. They have only quality things.

Don't miss this museum to learn about Central Montana, past and present. Yipee!
Written May 13, 2012
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