On March 13, the C.M. Russell Museum temporarily closed the campus to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The C.M. Russell Museum’s priority is to protect and support our visitors, staff, volunteers, and community. We have taken several proactive precautionary measures such as implementing rigorous cleaning routines and staying in close communication with Great Falls and Cascade County health officials as well as closely monitoring recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. We believe that we must do all that we can to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our community, which at this time calls for us to minimize gatherings while maintaining the cleanest environment possible. As such, a task force of museum staff from various departments have identified ways to safely and effectively reopen the museum to the public, and will continue meeting to ensure our policies and procedures reflect the latest recommendations from health professionals.

On Thursday, June 25, the entire museum complex reopened to the public Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Of special priority is the safety of guests as well as the frontline team in the gift shop, at the front desk, security, volunteers, and anyone who supports a visiting patron. For this reason, the following policies and procedures have been implemented:

  • Parties larger than ten individuals will be required to enter the museum in a staggered format.
  • Guided tours have been suspended through September.
  • The museum will have a new gallery map and a marked pathway through the museum to ensure guests can enjoy the museum while minimizing contact with other guests.
  • Sanitizing stations will be available throughout the museum.
  • All points of sale have been outfitted with plexiglass barriers.
  • Masks or face coverings are required for anyone entering a building in the museum complex per recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Disposable masks will be available to purchase at cost at the front desk.

Charlie would often welcome friends and acquaintances for a visit by ending his letters with “…don’t forget our camp. The latchstring is out.” All of the staff at the C.M. Russell Museum are happy to have the latchstring out once again and welcome back visitors from our city, our state, and beyond.