Amenities & Activities

Campus Amenities

The main UM campus spans 56 acres at the base of Mount Sentinel along the Clark Fork River and includes the park-like Oval at the center of campus, more than 60 architecturally unique buildings and a 25,200-seat football stadium. The perfect setting for your next conference or meeting. UM's 180-acre South Campus offers student housing, a golf course, soccer fields and an outdoor track facility. Missoula College occupies two sites in central and west Missoula. 

UM Event Calendar

For the most complete list of events on campus, view the UM Event Calendar.

Free Campus Activities

The Montana Museum of Art & Culture (MMAC) is about discovery and sharing. MMAC regularly highlights artworks from its Permanent Collection, curates traveling exhibitions, and showcases visiting artists of regional, national and international renown. The museum also hosts gallery talks and tours. Call to schedule a group tour or pick up a printed copy of the tour and discover UM's public art on a self-guided art tour of campus.

The University of Montana houses exhibition spaces for students to display works of art and to experience the works of exhibiting professionals. Times and Exhibits Vary. Please visit the links below for a current list of shows.

Gallery Spaces:

The UM Paleontology Center is located in the C.H. Clapp Building and is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

Schedule a Guided Tour

Self Guided Exhibit Areas:

  • 1st Floor CHCB: 10 cases representing the 3 billion years of life on Earth.
  • 3rd Floor CHCB: 2 cases featuring a Dire Wolf & Saber-Toothed Cat from the Rancho La Brea Tar Pits.
  • 5th Floor UM Mansfield Library: Case dedicated to Earl Douglass.
  • Montana Natural History Center: Pleistocene animals depicting life during Glacial Lake Missoula. Located at 120 Hickory Street, Missoula, MT.

As a guest of campus, you have visiting access to the Mansfield Library: the premier research library of Montana. Enjoy special collections and exhibits as well as access to printing services.

View Mansfield Library Building Hours

Fittingly, the Payne Family Native American Center (PFNAC) sits on the site of a historic Salish Indian encampment, and the building is designed to reflect that legacy as well as the heritage and cultures of all Montana Native American tribes. This sacred space offers multiple displays and educational information for guests to learn more about Montana's indigenous people and tribes.

PFNAC Ethnobotany Garden

The Ethnobotany Garden at the Payne Family Native American Center contains Native plants, shrubs and grasses of the Rocky Mountain West. Eight "Circle of Life" represent the diverse ecoregions of Montana and the Native American tribe or tribes that live within that region.

The UC offers a myriad of convenient services including indoor tropical gardens, an art gallery, study and meeting spaces, a game room, conference services, a shipping/mail center, bank and ATM's, copy center, full-service hair salon, bookstore, market, food court, and Griz Card Center. The University Center provides an inclusive, clean, well-maintained, and environmentally-conscious space for the campus and greater community to meet, study, and interact.

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UC Game Room

The UC Game Room offers comfortable seating, TVs, video gaming, board games, table tennis, billiards and much more! Video and Board Games are Free. Billiards and Table tennis are $1 per person per hour.

An arboretum is a living museum devoted to trees and shrubs selected for education, scenic beauty, and passing on a legacy. Our arboretum showcases eight forest regions of North America and has more than 2,000 trees here on the University of Montana campus.

View an Interactive Map of the Arboretum

The best known symbol of both UM and the City of Missoula is the giant concrete "M" on Mount Sentinel, sitting above 13 switchbacks and providing a panoramic view of the entire Missoula Valley. The trail is steep and takes about 20 minutes each way. Even if you only go up one switchback, the view is amazing.

Right off of campus, the Kim Williams Trail offers a flat trail to downtown or into the wilderness. The trail uses the old Milwaukee Railroad grade which is 2.5 miles long and goes through a 134-acre natural area.

Paid Campus Activities

UM offers 15 intercollegiate programs in men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, indoor track and field, outdoor track and field, football, women's golf, women's soccer, men's and women's tennis, women's softball and women's volleyball. Check out www.gogriz.com for sporting events that you can go spectate and cheer on the Griz.

The University of Montana Golf Course is located one mile south of UM's main campus. The nine-hole triple tee course crosses flat ground and is teeming with mature tree-lined fairways. Deer and other wildlife are common as well as outlying areas reclaimed as native prairie. The U of M course is fun and affordable and caters to golfers of all ages and abilities. Your golfing experience is enhanced by the friendly customer service provided by the University's own students. Plus, it's also home to UM Dining's Iron Griz restaurant.

Campus Recreation offers a wide variety of services and programs for University of Montana guests and strives to provide an inclusive active environment for social interaction. We host a variety of fitness and outdoor opportunities.

View Campus Rec's Building Hours

Fitness and Recreation Center (FRC)

The Fitness and Recreation Center (FRC) is located on the north end of campus, next to the Adams Center. The facility offers a variety of cardio and weight machines, free weights, a functional training area, three group fitness classrooms, locker rooms with dry saunas, squash and racquetball/handball courts and three multipurpose courts for basketball, volleyball or badminton.

Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program provides gear for adventures by renting equipment for water sports, camping, climbing, biking, skiing and mountaineering from our well-stocked rental program, or tune up your bike and skis in the maintenance workshop. The program also offers guided recreation trips from hikes to white water rafting.

Grizzly Pool

The Grizzly Pool boasts the only 25-yard competition pool in Missoula. The daily schedule at the pool includes lap swim, recreational swim and adult coached swim. Propel yourself up and down the lanes working on your swimming strokes, and splash your way to a fitter, healthier you.

UM Boasts multiple art productions year round. Enjoy a musical performances, large and small production plays and multiple dance experiences. The UMArts Box Office is the ticketing service provider for the UM School of Music and the UM School of Theatre and Dance. Our venues for performances include Music Recital Hall, Dennison Theatre, Masquer Theatre, Montana Theater, and Open Space. The Box Office is located in the lobby of the PARTV Building (on the corner of 6th and Van Buren on the University of Montana Campus) across from the Adams Center.

Open for public, private, and school shows we invite you to join us as we view the wonders of the night sky and explore the cosmos! Each of our shows will familiarize you with the constellations, planets, and bright deep sky objects currently visible, as well as any exciting upcoming celestial events. The remainder of each show will focus on a specific topic, including such possibilities as the star lore of different cultures, discoveries in solar physics, planetary exploration, the search for exoplanets, galaxies and cosmology, or the discoveries of recent and current space science missions. The Planetarium is located in the Payne Family Native American Center.

Visit the Physics and Astronomy Outreach website for a list of current public showings, or to ask about a private event rental.

Missoula & Western MT Activities

Missoula and Western MT offer a plethora of historical, cultural and recreational activities. Check the links below for itineraries, activities, events and more.

  • Destination Missoula: Looking for Things To Do in Missoula? Look no further. Outdoor recreation, arts and culture, attractions, historic buildings, museums, the list goes on and on. Unexpectedly for a small town, Missoula always has something happening.
  • Glacier Country: Interested in exploring western Montana while you are here? Glacier Country is your guide to itineraries, destinations and more!
  • Missoula Eateries: Enjoy fine dining, local cuisine, and great beer!
  • Missoula Events: View all the local events around town.
  • Montana Grizzlies: Find out when our local teams are playing!
  • Missoula Fishing Report: Local insight on the rivers and streams of Western Montana.