poetry students sits in front of a painting

A poetry student from the Missoula
Writing Collaborative
pauses to work on an
ekphrastic poem inspired by a
Walter Hook painting.

Q)        What is the museum's mission?

A) One of three state museums, the MMAC is the Montana’s largest and deepest collection of art. We are a comprehensive teaching museum that acquires and preserves the historic arts of Asia, Europe, and North America, with particular strengths in American, Western regional, and contemporary Native American art. As a university and state museum, the MMAC presents exhibitions and educational programs that explore great art and compelling ideas.

Q)        How much does it cost to visit?

A) The MMAC is free, but accepts donations at the door to help cover expenses.

Q)      How do I get to the museum?

A)  The MMAC's Meloy and Paxson galleries are located in the PARTV Center (Performance Arts Radio Television Center) at the University of Montana, across from the Adams Center off of E. 6th Street in Missoula. The galleries are located off the main lobby.  Museum offices are located McGill Hall 212.  

Directions to the museum:

West Bound I-90:

1) Take Missoula's first exit onto Van Buren Street, turn left at the stop sign and merge into the right lane.
2) At the stoplight, turn right onto Broadway Street.
3) Move into the furthest left lane, and turn left onto Madison at the first stoplight.
4) Driving over the bridge, stay in the left lane, and veer left at the fork in the road. After the fork, keep to the left and turn left onto 6th Street at the stoplight. After making a left on 6th Street, get into the right lane. You will be heading due east and directly in front of you will be the Adams Center. You are now on campus.

East Bound I-90:

1) Take Missoula's last exit onto Van Buren Street, Exit 105, turn right at the stop sign and merge into the right lane.
2) Follow steps 2-4 from above.

Q)        Is there parking?

A)  From 8 am to 5 pm, there is limited free parking available near the northeast corner of the PARTV Center. All-day UM parking passes can be purchased at the galleries or at the UM Public Safety office, Physical Plant Building, 32 Campus Drive, for just $3 per day. Free UM Park-n-Ride buses stop near PARTV. Hourly parking is available east of the University Center. Other University parking is free on weekdays after 5 pm, weekends, and all university-observed holidays. Quick-Stop parking is located on most UM lots, is marked by orange signage, and is limited to 20 minutes.

Q)        Is the museum accessible for people with disabilities?

A)  The south entrance to the PARTV Center is at ground level and has automatic doors for wheelchair access. Accessible bathroom facilities are located inside the building and limited accessible parking is also available on the north and south entrance parking lots. For more information, please visit UM’s accessibility page.

Q)        Does the museum have tours?

A)  Free docent-led tours of rotating exhibitions are available on request for groups of 5-20 individuals during regular hours. To schedule, please contact Jill Johns at 406-243-2019 with at least one week's notice.

The MMAC also hosts an array of public art including Rudy Autio's life-size bronze "Griz" on the campus oval.  The Campus Art Walk Map offers a self-guided tour of outdoor works on campus and other public works displayed in UM buildings.

Q)        Can I volunteer or intern at the museum?

A)  Volunteering or interning at the MMAC offers university students  and community members a wonderful opportunity to get involved and learn about art, how a museum runs, and much more.  For-credit internships are offered through the School of Visual and Media Arts on a semester basis.  Interns work on a range of curatorial, research, and/or educational projects.

Volunteers can help with various activities during museum events such as openings and lectures and providing clerical and receptionist duties during office hours and assistance with cataloging and the installation and de-installation of exhibitions.  Contact Jill Johns 406-243-2019 for more details.

Q)        Can I talk to you about donating art?

A)  Potential donors can submit photos and basic information about the artwork such as the name of artist, date of the work, medium, and dimensions by contacting Senior Curator Jeremy Canwell at 406-243-2019. University policy prohibits us from offering art appraisals, but we can provide referrals to outside appraisal services in the area.

Q)        Does the Museum have a gift shop?

A) We do not have an official gift shop, but a number of great publications are available for purchase in our galleries and our website.