We did a podcast episode about what to do when the museum is closed. It wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t our worst. You can listen to it now or read some suggestions on what to do if the museum you want to go to is closed during your visit with recommendations of similar areas of interest.

The C.M. Russell Museum
Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays

If The C.M. Russell Museum is closed during your visit to Great Falls, Montana, we’re really sorry. But you can still venture off on your own and see what inspired famed cowboy artist Charlie Russell in Great Falls and the surrounding area.

  • Check out the sculpture garden at The C.M. Russell Museum
  • Do a self-guided walking tour downtown
  • Go to First Peoples Buffalo Jump and also see Square Butte and other landscapes that are in Charlie’s paintings
  • Go to almost any local restaurant and order their menu item with Charlie’s name


First Peoples Buffalo Jump
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

The First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park and Interpretive Center is about 15 miles or 20 minutes from Great Falls, Montana, and is well worth your time when visiting the area. The views are still open if the interpretive center is closed during your visit. Sure, you won’t be able to go inside and read about the tribes that used the jump, but you can still park your car and hike to the jump or drive to the upper access area and walk to the jump too. Here are some suggestions that you may be interested in if the interpretive center is closed and after you’ve seen the views and read the interpretive signage at the jump:


The History Museum
Closed Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

The History Museum focuses on Great Falls, Montana history, and is an excellent venue for a wedding too. Their gift shop is impressive, and you could spend about two hours in the museum and then head upstairs and read their archives to solve a murder mystery, which actually happened. If you’re here while the museum is closed, check out these suggestions:


Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
Closed Mondays during the winter months

If the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center is closed during your visit to Great Falls, Montana, you might as well extend your trip. 25% of our visitors go the interpretive center, as it is the largest and most extensive center about the Corps of Discovery. Sure, they went to other places during The Expedition, but they spent the longest time of any one location here, in Great Falls, Montana. If the center is closed, walk around outside and follow these suggestions:

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art
Closed Sundays

The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is in one of the most stunning buildings in Great Falls, Montana. A former school now museum of contemporary art that highlights self-taught artists, The Square is a must-stop during your visit to Great Falls. If the museum is closed and you aren’t able to be scared by ghosts or the Lee Steen Exhibit, which is driftwood turned into people, we recommend these additions to your itinerary:

The museum may be closed on the particular day you’re visiting, but there is no need to be grumpy. These suggestions should help, if not, give us a call at 406-761-4436, and we’ll give you more tailored recommendations.