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“unique”
Review of Bair Family Museum

Bair Family Museum
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Bozeman, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“unique”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The museum has three buildings--the original house, a historical barn and new exhibition hall. The house is a rambling place showcasing the sisters' taste--better in antiques than architecture. There are numerous special pieces, including a wall of autographed presidential photos. The barn gives a picture of how Charles Bair amassed his fortune and has a collection of ranching artifacts and photos. The new exhibition hall displays the original paintings and native artifacts that must have swamped the house. It's a lovely place worth a visit to this remote central Montana location.

Visited September 2013
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Crosslake, Minnesota
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Museum”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We liked just everything. Couldn't imagine such an art museum and home so close to the Ranch. Unique and definitely worth the time!

Visited July 2013
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Central Coast California
Level 6 Contributor
187 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Well Worth the Effort to See It”
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.

Visited June 2013
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Vaughn, Montana, United States
Level 6 Contributor
247 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Antiques as far as the Eye Can See”
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.

Visited July 2013
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Billings, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Indian Ledger Drawings at the Bair Museum”
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.

Visited May 2013
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