Montana Museum of Art and Culture

Welcome!

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The Montana Museum of Art and Culture would like to invite you to visit our new building, the first permanent home in history for our nearly 12,000 object collection. We are located next to the Adams Center on the University of Montana's campus. Our new home currently features a diverse, comprehensive exhibition of some of the best works in our collection. 

Unable to visit us in person at this time? You can explore our Permanent Collection online

Visiting Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Campus Game Days: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tour Times:
Daily Docent Tours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Special Topic Docent Tours: Fridays, 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM 

You can find a list of our upcoming special topic tours here

Please note that our daily tours are free and open to the public. If you would like to schedule a personalized or private tour, please contact our operations manager Peggy Nesbitt at peggy.nesbitt@mso.umt.edu

Become a Volunteer:
We're seeking volunteers to help us with the gargantuan task of processing, documenting, and moving our collection into our new home. If you'd like to become a volunteer, please contact our program coordinator Dagny Walton at dagny.walton@mso.umt.edu

Current Exhibitions

Selections from the Permanent Collection

To celebrate the opening of our new building, we have a rotating selection of masterworks on display in our second story gallery. This exhibition includes works of art by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Donatello, Peter Voulkos, Rudy and Lela Autio, Ben Steele, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Barbara Morgan, Nancy Erickson, and many others. We also have a variety of anonymous cornerstone works on display, such as a full samurai suit, a 16th century Flemish tapestry, a Chinese Imperial throne screen, and two Japanese temple lanterns. Selections from the Permanent Collection will be on display until Fall 2025. 

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Rising From the Ashes: Selections from the Three Chiefs Cultural Center Collection

The Three Chiefs Cultural Center, formerly known as The People's Center, is dedicated to collecting, curating and caring for the traditional objects and histories from the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d'Oreille people. Established in 1990, the Three Chiefs Cultural Center provides humanities programming to educate others on local native culture, history, and traditional art-making practices.

On September 6, 2020, the People's Center was burned down by an act of arson. Center Director Marie Torosian, Gift Shop Manager Loushie Charlo, Curation Technician Geraldine Hewankorn, and former Education Director Aggie Incashola, worked diligently to recover, clean, and conserve the objects (around 70% of their total collection) that were damaged in the fire. They also eventually re-opened the center as The Three Chiefs Cultural Center and have since resumed regular operations. 

Rising From the Ashes is a testament to the strength and resilience of the Three Chiefs Cultural Center, and features a selection of the Center's objects, some of them damaged, that were recovered from the blaze. 

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Social Justice Directive

 

MMAC Collections Committee's Direction on Social Justice
Adopted 9/11/2020

The Montana Museum of Art and Culture, the state’s largest publicly-owned collection of art, aspires to be an inclusive organization that supports, collects, and represents creative expression that rises from the breadth of the human experience. 

Our efforts are strengthened by welcoming people of every race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, class, disability, age, national origin, and citizenship. 

The MMAC Collections Committee pledges to prioritize the acquisition of work by Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, women, and other historically marginalized artists. 

We further commit to seeking broadly diverse leadership, input, and participation in all aspects of the MMAC Collections Committee's work.