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“Well Worth the Effort to See It”
Review of Bair Family Museum

Bair Family Museum
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This museum is similar to any that you'd find in a large city. New building, a nice collection of European and American Western art and Indian artifacts.

Then there's the house. Over 11,000 sq filled with beautiful American and European antiques. Beautiful décor too. We were amazed at how all of these gorgeous things got to the middle of nowhere in MT.

Out of the way but definitely worth the effort to see and experience.

Thank lakemissy
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Reviewed July 7, 2013

Gorgeous gowns and hats, beautiful silver and china, wonderful decorative pieces and history. This is a sampling of the wonders you'll see in this gorgeous home. The decorative pieces that grace this home are from all over the world . The daughters of Mr. Bair had wonderful taste and brought home many beautiful items from their many trips in Europe. Wonderful stories accompany the treasures in each and every room. It's definitely worth the trip to see specially designed bathrooms and artwork from artists of the time like Charlie Russell. They were close friends with many artists, actors, actresses and presidents. And the family photographs show how close they were to everyone they knew.The artwork in the museum is from France, England, Germany, Japan and some are from the many artists they knew personally. The grounds are well kept and the view around the estate, majestic. If you enjoy touring old homes and looking at items from another time, the Bair Museum is a must see.

Thank Sheryl M
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Reviewed June 6, 2013

Indian Ledger Art Exhibit at the Bair Museum

This summer, the Bair Museum is showing an exhibition of selected work from the Charles H. Barstow Collection of Crow and Gros Ventre Indian Ledger Art from Montana State University Billings Library of works on paper. The 20 drawings from this remarkable collection are an intriguing look at the tribal history and traditions of the last decade of the nineteenth century.

The American Indian tribes of the Northern Plains were confined to reservations in the last part of the nineteenth century. Many turned to creating pictorial art as a means to preserve and pass on their history and heritage. They used manufactured materials on hand, including pencils and ink, and paper torn from ledger books, school notebooks and office forms.

Major Charles Barstow was chief clerk for the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Crow Agency from 1879 to 1897. Barstow provided Indian warriors materials and encouraged them paint and draw. The ledger drawings mimic the function of traditional buffalo hide painting – narrative of social status, youthful adventure from capturing horses and “counting coups” to dancing and courtship.

Barstow’s collection of ledger drawings was rediscovered in 1930 in Roundup, Montana, and came to MSU-through the efforts of Ruthann Wilbur Hines.

The Bair Art Museum also provides a unique close-up look at the Bair family’s Native American collection and a user-friendly touch screen allows everyone to explore the collection’s objects.

The Bair Museum is open 7 days a week through Labor Day.

Thank Corby S
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

This place is off the beaten path, but it is definitely worth the drive. This is the actual home of a wealthy sheep ranching family. It has a large collection of Western art, Indian artifacts, and antiques from all over the world. The collections of sterling silver serving pieces, fine china and porcelain are amazing. Crystal chandeliers hang in almost every room, and there are many French and English antique furniture pieces. If you are interested in beautiful antiques and fine art, this is a place to see.

Thank cathy423
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

Who would have thought to find this place out here in the middle of nowehre? The house is very interesting, and our guide was good about pointing everything out. Great gift shop (check out the Bliss Peppermint Passion Hand Cream....AWESOME!) and lots of pictures and Indian artifacts in the Museum. A worthwhile stop if you like real history.

Thank Debimlee
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