Visit Museum of Western Artist in Great Falls
When in Great Falls, Montana, the Charles M. Russell Museum is a must see for everyone. Included in the museum are the original western art of resident Charles M. Russell. Tours are offered daily during June-August which give visitors a great opportunity to learn about the collections at the museum with much of the focus on the works of Russell who is known as the "American Cowboy Artist." Visitors to the museum will enjoy viewing Russell's oil, watercolors, sketches and bronzes which give a first-hand account of the life in Montana at the turn of the century. You'll also tour through the studio and home of Russell.
Great Falls has many other museums that are worth taking the time to visit. The Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum has a large display of refurbished aircraft and missiles along with numerous military displays and artifacts as part of their permanent displays. the Galerie Trinitas & Chapel displays art by Sister Mary Morin Trinitas. Sister Mary was head of the Art Department of what was known as the College of Great Falls and her works include stained-glass windows in the Chapel. Throughout the year the Galerie sponsors numerous shows displaying art by local artist and students.
If you'd rather enjoy learning about Great Falls during a one or two hour tour, then you'll enjoy the Great Falls Historic Trolley. The one hour tour will take you along the river into the Historic Downtown where you'll view waterfalls, museums, beautiful parks and the Historic Business District. You'll also see the railroad area, saloons, historic homes and many other sites. If you're up for the two hour trip, you'll enjoy following the route of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and travel the same area they journeyed on during their portage around the Missouri River waterfalls. You'll see where they encountered dangerous attacks by buffalo and grizzly bear as well as other hazards they faced in this area. You'll enjoy viewing three beautiful waterfalls, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center and Giant Springs that spills out 134,000 galls of water per minute into the world's shortest river.
Not only is Great Falls rich is historical events and places to see, but visitors can also enjoy a variety of music and theater within the community. The Great Falls Symphony Association offers a year around schedule of events and is home to the full-sized Great Falls Symphony Orchestra, the Symphonic Choir and Youth Orchestra. The Civic Center is designated a national historic landmark and serves as a means for cultural events in the area. The theater, meeting rooms and convention center help attract tourism and economic development opportunities to the community.
You may find special events at the Montana Expo Park's Four Seasons Arena. Events throughout the year include concerts, the Montana State Fair and other arena events. Visitors to Great Falls may also find free concerts the Great Falls Municipal Band as they host performances on Wednesdays during the summer at the Gibson Park Band shell.
Great Falls has plenty of events and activities throughout the year to give
visitors plenty of sites to see, events to attend, and plenty to learn about
this area of Montana.
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