Bair Family Museum

Bair Family Museum, Martinsdale: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Bair Family Museum Reviews: 5/5

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SDB545
Helena, MT141 contributions
Montana Gem
Aug 2021 • Friends
This place is an extraordinary piece of Montana history. Our docent for the house tour was exceptional, as she actually knew Alberta Bair. Beautiful place.
The museum is a special treat with an impressive collection of art and Native American beadwork.
Written August 18, 2021
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PJ B
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Updating The Bair Museum Questions
Jun 2021
First of all lets do some 2021 updating. No O'learys Restaurant anymore.

The town of Martinsdale has a newly refurbished Bar that serves Awesome Waygu burgers< fries< onion rings and Pizza! plus many more delicacies.

The Crazy Mountain Inn is more of a Bed N Breakfast these days with the usual Hospitalities and Delicious Foods its been known for over the years> check website.

The Bair Museum, while being updated exteriorly, is Open daily from 10-5pm. Tours daily starting at 10..every hour on the hour till 4. Our Gift Shop is filled with all sorts of things including for the first time this year…Bair Wool items! Do Come See Us!!
Written June 22, 2021
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Liz H
Billings, MT36 contributions
Make the trip here each summer. It is worth it!
Oct 2019
Always a fine changing showpiece exhibit at the Museum. And each summer a different set of photographs from Edward Curtis' Vol. One through Vol. Five of "The North American Indian." Wonderful. An interesting history of the Bair girls collecting art in Paris. Works by painters Charlie Russell and Joseph Henry Sharp, friends of Bair. A House tour. This is a small museum, locally controlled, though others have wanted to acquire this exceptional Art collection; the locals have prevailed. Come on a summer day and picnic. Small gift shop with some local items. Lovely visit.
Written November 6, 2019
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mgalex
Bothell, WA466 contributions
So Well Worth the Stop
May 2019 • Friends
We had been here before but took friends and it is so enjoyable. Our guide was super and knew lots of history of the family and the antique items in the house. Also the museum has some amazing items that the Bair sisters had collected over the years.
Written May 31, 2019
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Karen O
Murrells Inlet, SC8 contributions
What an Unexpected Delight!
Jul 2018 • Friends
The Bair Family Museum is in a part of Montana I am very unfamiliar with. I had read about it several years ago and thought it sounded intriguing. The Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs was the perfect opportunity to drive on to Martinsdale, and what a treat to visit this elegant, but very comfortable, historic ranch home. I loved the art, especially the Joseph Henry Sharp’s, the Charles Russell’s, the Edward Curtis’s and the gorgeous Native American pieces. The silver collection was amazing, and all the personal mementos like the inscribed presidential photographs and the family photos were fascinating. The furniture was impressive, though my knowledge of European antiques is nil. The docent tour made the rooms and the family come alive; the book I purchased in the gift shop—The House of Bair by Lee Rostad—was excellent. It would be great to purchase and read prior to a visit. I really loved the whole experience and the opportunity to learn about this family and this history.
Written August 12, 2018
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Leslie W
Poughkeepsie, NY796 contributions
Fine collection of art, wonderful family home museum
Jul 2018 • Friends
Friends encouraged us to visit this on our way from Great Falls to Bozeman, and it was well worth our time. The art includes a number of C. M. Russell pieces, a substantial collection of Native American pieces (blankets, basketry, and the like), an extraordinary photography collection by Edward Curtis, and European paintings. The house museum is no less wonderful, and our docent was extraordinarily knowledgeable about the family (Charles Bair and his two daughters Marguerite and Alberta) and their place in Montana history as well as about the furniture and furnishings of the house itself. It's an immersion into the life of one of Montana's wealthiest and most influential families, and well worth detouring off Highway 89 for a couple of hours. A must-see!
Written July 18, 2018
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lylelaurie
Bozeman, MT5 contributions
First-rate Montana Gem
Jul 2018 • Couples
We (myself, my husband and 2 guests from Arizona) drove 90 miles to the Bair Family Museum, July 16, 2018 from Bozeman, MT. The countryside and scenery were beautiful and the Musuem was outstanding!
It was the second time my husband I had visited and were pleasantly surprised by the new art exhibition building, restrooms, gift shop, and the admission cost ($12 for 4 of us).
Docent Jonathan, guided us through the house museum, and did a fantastic job telling the Bair’s story and providing interesting information about the art, artifacts and antiques. He answered our questions and allowed us plenty of time to look at everything. We especially liked learning about the extent of the Bair Trust and the funding it provides for MT student scholarships.
Written July 18, 2018
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Tami P
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Great antiques
Sep 2017 • Solo
Really nice antiques and paintings. Seems like a waste of money having these great pieces out in the middle of nowhere! They don't get a lot traffic for what they must spend on security and insurance.
Written September 15, 2017
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ITTravelerArizona
Arizona25 contributions
Hidden Treasure!
Aug 2017 • Couples
Although a native Montana, I had never visited the Bair Family Museum previously. This museum is truly a hidden treasure in Montana! The museum is filled with amazing historical artifacts, details of a entrepreneur's life and ranch family. One would expect a 1-room house in middle of the prairie - this is not that! It is filled with great photos - including many presidential signed (original) photos to the family, as well as paintings and artwork that most "city" museum's would envy.

The tour guide, Mr. Amundson (sp?), was GREAT. He was friendly, humorous, and informative. Take the time to visit and talk with this individuals as he has many stories and information to share.

You will want to allow for a minimum of two (2) - three (3) hours to enjoy this amazing museum. Take a lunch (no restaurant available) and have a picnic on the grounds. Remember to bring your camera as there is much to see!
Written August 22, 2017
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Richard W
Billings, MY77 contributions
Stunning example of a ranch family's extravagant lifestyle
Aug 2017 • Couples
The Bair Family Museum is a monument to excess. Founder Charlie Bair and his two daughters made life in small-town Montana resemble the most elaborate home in the state. It features exquisite paintings, photography, solid gold door knobs the size of pancakes, and remembrances of visits by world-famous people. Charlie Bair made many millions in the Alaska gold rush and by raising the largest flocks of sheep in America -- at one time his flock numbered more than 300,000 and it took long trainloads to take the wool to market. Don't miss it!
Written August 14, 2017
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