Join us this summer for special events and activities celebrating the people and cultures of C.M. Russell’s West!

The Russell Exhibition Member Opening

June 23
4 -6 pm

Be the first to see the artwork to be sold at The Russell in August! This event is open to museum members and special guests.

Weekends in the West

Come to the C.M. Russell Museum to experience Weekends in the West! Experts will be on hand to answer any question, give live demos and even lead some family friendly activities.

July 9 – Equestrian Day: Come meet Scarlett the Quarter Horse and learn about horses! There will be an expert on site to demonstrate some western riding techniques including cutting, saddlery and tack, and how to care for your horse. Formal demonstrations at 11 am and 1 pm but our expert will be available for conversation and questions from 11 am to 3 pm.

August 6 – Native Voices: Test your skills and teamwork with a day of play! The International Traditional Games Society will be on site to demonstrate how to play traditional Native American Games. All are welcome to participate between 11 am and 1 pm.

Artist Demos

Have you ever wondered how an artist chooses what to paint? Stop by the C.M. Russell Museum to see local artists paint and sculpt on site on select dates throughout the summer. Ask them questions and see what projects they are currently working on. Check our website and social media for more – confirmed dates and artists so far include:
June 25 – Tom Mostad
• July 2 – Echo and Ron Ukrainetz

Family Workshops

To register, please contact Melissa Werber, Education Coordinator, at (406) 604-4762 or Limited space, advanced registration required, cost $5 per person, call to reserve your spot.

Each workshop is offered twice each Saturday. When registering, please indicate if you’ll attend the 10 a.m.-Noon or 1-3 p.m. session.

July 23 – Family Gnome Workshop
During this fun family activity, C.M. Russell Museum Education Staff will guide you through using different types of found objects such as sticks, moss, and rocks to build your own gnomes, much like those that guarded Charlie’s cabin in Glacier Bull Head Lodge. All supplies will be provided although you’re welcome to bring some of your own materials.

August 13 – Family Birdhouse Workshop
During this family activity, you’ll receive supplies and guidance from C.M. Russell Education Staff to build and decorate a birdhouse to take home – welcoming your favorite feathered friends to your home! All supplies provided.

Saddles and Spurs | Artist Stampede

July 16
10 am-2 pm
Don’t miss this family favorite! Join us at the C.M. Russell Museum for a free, family event – Saddles & Spurs. Enjoy cowboy themed food, kids’ crafts, music, and demonstrations from artists and artisans. Museum admission is free all day so while you’re here explore all the great exhibitions the museum has to offer.

Summer Art Explorers

We still have space in our summer edition of Art Explorers! Students will express their creative sides through a variety of art mediums while completing fun art projects. To register, please contact Melissa Werber, Education Coordinator, at (406) 604-4762 or Limited space, advanced registration required.
Dates and Cost:
Grades 2-3 $15 per student – July 12-14, 1-3 pm
Grades 4-6 $15 per student – August 9-11, 1-3 pm

The Russell Reignited

August 18-21

The Russell Reignited presents a familiar collection of incredible historic and contemporary artwork, but the event itself has been completely reimagined! As the premiere fundraiser for the C.M. Russell Museum, everyone is invited to energize their western spirit with a fresh approach to the prestigious western art. New this year, The Suites at The Russell is a free opportunity to view over 100 miniature galleries set up by artists of The Russell. Inspired by the one-and-only artist and storyteller Charlie Russell, the reimagined event will include both free and ticketed events for all. Check for more information.