About the MMAC

Lela Autio, Reflections,
linocut, ca. 1989,
MMAC Permanent Collection
Donated by Dennis and Markay Kern

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2020, the Montana Museum of Art and Culture is home to one of the oldest, largest, and deepest art collections in the Rocky Mountain Northwest.

The MMAC is a free public museum that came into existence in 1894, a year after the founding of the University of Montana, the state’s flagship higher academic institution.

Today, the MMAC is a teaching museum with a world-class Permanent Collection of close to 12,000 objects, including significant historic and contemporary works of art. It is one of 3 state museums in Montana alongside the Montana Historical Society in Helena and the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman.


Directive on Social Justice
Adopted by the MMAC Collections Committee, 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.