Some historians work in watercolor and oil

Charles Marion Russell (1864-1926) is one of America’s greatest artists. He lived the life he captures on canvas, creating a breathtaking historical record of Western cultures, landscapes, and wildlife. Come be inspired by his masterful works and experience the West as it really was at the C.M. Russell Museum.

What’s the matter with packing your war bag and heading to my camp?
A robe is spread and the pipe lit for you always.
– Charles M. Russell
Charlie Russell Early Portrait

Meet Charlie

Charles Marion Russell (1864–1926) masterfully captured the art and soul of the American West as it was transforming before his eyes. While he fulfilled his dream of an authentic cowboy life in Montana, he was also gifting the world with an inspired visual record celebrating Indigenous culture, Western narratives, grand landscapes, and majestic wildlife scenes. While his art is considered historic, his spirit is timeless.

Exhibition Spotlights

Discovering Russell-
The Mackay Collection

On temporary loan from the Montana Historical Society, this exhibition explored the friendship between Malcolm Mackay and Charlie Russell; resulting in one of the largest and finest collections of Russell masterworks.

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A Collector’s Vision

Every collector has a unique way of acquiring and collecting art. Whether they are artists, dealers, or art enthusiasts, collectors have influenced museums throughout history. Many art museums’ foundational collections came as a result of a donation by a collector.

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Summer Hours (May 1-Sept 30): Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winter Hours (Oct 1-April 30): Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.




  • Adults: $18
  • Seniors (age 60+): $15
  • Veterans: $15
  • Scheduled Tour Groups: $15
  • Students: $6
  • Age 5 and under: Free
  • Active Military and their family members: Free