The Hockaday is great place to visit if you like art galleries. It is small so an hour will probably be adequate. The permanant art collection is mostly found in the "Crown of the Continent Gallery". It has some terrific paintings from some of the great artists of western landscapes and portrayers of native american/cowboy life. Of course Charlie Russell and O.C. Seltzer are there. But the gallery really emphasizes works capturing the beauty of the local Flathead Lake area and of Glacier National Park. Other galleries in the museum change exhibits frequently so you can visit often and see something new each time. This is a good place to to bring children in order to introduce them to art galleries and museums. There is a small childrens area downstairs to let them express creative ideas. I love to bring visitors to the Hockaday. It is a great small activity in the interesting downtown area. Great to combine a trip to the Hockaday and a visit to the Conrad Mansion, or Central School Museum with a nice lunch at a downtown cafe. All three of these attractions are within walking distance of each other. A visit to the Hockaday is a good alternative activity to another day of outdoor fun. You can get pretty worn out after a few days in Glacier National Park. A visit to Kalispell and the Hockaday lets you enjoy the beauty of the area through the eyes of some world-class artists. The building itself is a lovely sight to see.
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