Missoula Art Museum

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Missoula Art Museum
4.5
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
About
Founded in 1975 and accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1987, MAM is emerging as the leading contemporary art museum in the Intermountain West. MAM is a spectacular attraction in the heart of Missoula's historic downtown: a fully accessible, free, public museum that boasts eight exhibition spaces, a library, education center, and an inviting information lounge.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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radx4
Ellicott City, MD2,214 contributions
It's Free
Jun 2021
The Missoula art museum is a free art museum in Missoula. It's small, but it has a few different galleries with some exhibits that rotate on a periodic basis. If you are driving through the area, it may be worth a quick stop. We visited the museum to break up a long drive through western Montana.

The galleries in the museum mainly feature modern art. I'm not particularly a fan, but I get how some people might enjoy that type of artwork. There is also an entire exhibit dedicated to environmental preaching that features artwork inspried by a copper mine superfund site. Of course, much of the artwork is actually constructed with copper and the entire building uses electric lighting and copper for all its internal wiring, pipes, and electronics. So, yes, the museum is entirely hypocritical in their criticism of copper mining while using copious amounts of copper.

Parking is available on the street. There are meters, but was inexpensive at I believe $1/hour.

On the whole, I would only recommend the Missoula Art Museum if you are into modern art. Otherwise you can probably skip it.
Written July 18, 2021
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eur0star
pacific northwest231 contributions
very nice visit
Jun 2021
Very nice museum for such a small community. A wide variety of styles represented for our visit. Free. Stairs and an elevator. Nice gift shop. Right downtown.
Written July 5, 2021
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Peter F
Bowen Island, Canada391 contributions
A stunner!
Feb 2020
For a smaller University town, this gallery punches well above its weight. The architecture- a blend of old brick and new glass/concrete meshes perfectly. The interior and outside views are spectacular, with connecting walkways that look down on lower floors and lobby.

Each gallery was unique and separated, but you are drawn easily from one to another.

The shows were somewhat local, and I had seen the Bartow work before. The Gordon McConnell pieces were raw and timely, as one sees the Old West transition to the new global.

I liked as well the Garvens and Weissberger photography, even if not 'thrilling' they were accomplished.

But it is the building architecture that wins- even the library/conference area is fabulous...

Kudos to Missoula for mounting such good exhibitions in such an excellent facility
Written February 29, 2020
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Judy Helm W
Missoula, MT200 contributions
One of Missoula's Treasures
Nov 2019
We love the Missoula Art Museum and are very proud of the part art plays in our community. They always have great displays to visit and change them on a regular basis.

As parents and grandparents, we also appreciate the many opportunities the MAM offers the children of our community.

Thanks for your important work.

Dwain C. and Judy Helm Wright
Written January 8, 2020
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jer b
Bristol, CT1,855 contributions
Fabulous art museum
Sep 2019 • Couples
This museum is wonderful for several reasons: First the building was the original library for Missoula and when it was needed, the museum was enlarged in a most thoughtful and visually stunning way. An addition was added and sistered into the original library building with great attention to detail. The interior appears very modern, but the exterior retains much of it original look. The space is divided into rooms that flow into each other from different levels. The artwork is cutting edge and thought provoking. One exhibit explored the issues associated with the immigration crisis and it was very poignant and timely. The staff is wonderful. We enjoyed our conversations with John who acquainted us with the museum, its history and the artists on display. He enhanced our experience at and our appreciation of the museum. For that, we were very grateful. Great place to visit and a must do in Missoula. Parking on street / paid at kiosks.
Written September 14, 2019
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Judy C
Menlo Park, CA85 contributions
Nice Place to Spend an Hour or Two
Aug 2019
The exhibits that were hung when I was there varied from very interesting to quite unusual. The building is a good space for art. I was particularly impressed with the large selection of art-related books in the room to the left of the reception desk.
Written August 24, 2019
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chriswC4336PV
Douglassville, PA52 contributions
Great place to spend an afternoon
Aug 2019
This museum has displays of the Montana culture and lifestyle from past and the present. Has a very nice flow and easy to go through to tour.
Written August 19, 2019
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Carolyn C
La Conner, WA79 contributions
Worth your visit
May 2019
I had not been impressed so much with a photography exhibit until we viewed A Photographer of Forgotten Men. This Lee Nye collection was amazing. The gentlemen in the photos carried the character of a western bar, Eddy's Club, in the late 1960s and early 1970s. We found more photographs of Lee Nye in the bar, now known as Charlie B's.
Written August 6, 2019
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hughb997
Peapack-Gladstone, NJ76 contributions
Nice building. Bad bad art
Jul 2019 • Family
I have traveled the globe to view art and have never seen such shlock in my life. It’s worse than the worst student art I’ve ever seen. Is there no curator at this museum ? Does all art in Missoula have to have a bison or buffalo in it ? No wonder it’s free admission.
Written July 25, 2019
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986madvc
Texas212 contributions
Nice place to unwind and to enjoy a little culture!
Jul 2018 • Friends
Enjoyed walking around and viewing a modern art exhibit after having lunch and shopping. A local had recommended a visit, and she wasn't wrong about making it a stop on a walking tour.
Written October 30, 2018
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