Montana Historical Society
The Montana Historical Society (225 N. Roberts St., 406/444-2694, www.montanahistoricalsociety.org, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Wed. and Sat., 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Thurs., $5 adults, $1 children) is Montana’s premier museum, mixing fine art, an exhibit charting the state’s history, and changing exhibits.
Of special interest is the MacKay Gallery of Charles M. Russell Art, one of the nation’s largest public collections of Russell’s art. If Western art seems like an oxymoron to you, come marvel at the brilliant use of color and composition by this unschooled cowboy artist.
The Montana Homeland Exhibit tells the story of Montana, beginning with Indian prehistory and moving on through the era of settlement. Three rooms contain more than 2,000 artifacts. Other galleries change exhibits but often contain fascinating displays of frontier photographs. Of interest to historians and researchers are the library and photo archives.
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