As Montana’s Museum Capital, Great Falls boasts 10 museums that vary in mission, scope, and exhibit. From art, history, native and national culture, and more, there is a museum that will engage you, inspire you, and leave you wanting more!

Children’s Museum of Montana | 22 Railroad Square | 406-452-6661

The Children’s Museum of Montana has dozens of interactive learning activities children ages 2-10 will love. Meet a life-sized Montana Maiasaura, board a child-sized pirate ship, explore a life-size fuselage, or put on a puppet show! Emphasizing history, STEM, health, performing arts, and regional culture, the Children’s Museum of Montana museum provides learning and exploration in a fun and safe environment. In the summer, the Children’s Museum hosts day camps that teach children about space, sports, science, and more!

CM Russell Museum | 400 13th Street N | 406-727-8787

Dedicated to the famed cowboy artist’s work, you can find the most complete collection of CM Russell art in Great Falls. Voted Montana’s best museum, you will find over 2,000 Russell works of art, 150 of which came from the personal collection of Josepihne Triggs, as well as an impressive Browning firearms collection and artworks of OC Seltzer, Gary Schildt, and other Western artists. Next to the museum is Russell’s log art studio. Walk inside and experience a time when the West was young, and Charlie’s paints and easel sat waiting for his touch. The Russell home, also part of the museum complex, was built in 1900 for $800. Nancy Russell supervised its construction and decorated the home with the best furnishings of the day. During Western Art Week, celebrate Western art inspired by CM Russell’s work!

First People’s Buffalo Jump State Park | 342 Ulm Vaughn Rd, Ulm Montana | 406-866-2217

First Peoples Buffalo Jump tells the story of one of the largest prehistoric sites in the United States and captures a portrait of daily life for Montana’s first peoples. For more than 600 years, native peoples stampeded buffalo over the cliffs on three sides of the enormous u-shaped jump, risking their lives to obtain life-sustaining buffalo meat and hides. First Peoples provides a glimpse of the plains they called home. Atop the cliff, accessed by a 3.5-mile (5.5 km) hiking trail or a short drive, you can take in a panoramic view of the Rocky Mountain Front, the Missouri River Valley, and the buttes that make this Montana landscape so memorable. Enter a full-sized tipi and listen to the murmur of the plains and the song of the meadowlark. First People’s Buffalo Jump hosts Powwows, art exhibits, and more! Try your hand at wielding an early Indian weapon, the atlatl, a dart-throwing tool that uses leverage to increase the speed of the dart.

Galerie Trinitas | 1301 20th Street South | 406-791-5367

The Galerie Trinitas, located on the campus University of Providence Great Falls, preserves the art of Sister Trinitas Morin, a University of Great Falls art and French professor for nearly 33 years. As a multi-media artist, she inspired her students to go beyond the ordinary to explore and create art in numerous forms. Her talent is masterfully displayed in oil paintings, watercolors, fabric art, ceramics, graphic arts, mixed media, silver chalices, enameling, and silk screening. The artwork of other sisters and University of Providence Great Falls students is on display in this exquisite gallery.

The History Museum | 422 2nd Street South | 406-452-3462

Delivering history with personality, the History museum preserves documents, records, and artifacts crucial to the heritage of Central Montana. The museum houses over 400,000 historic photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts. Painstaking re-creations of downtown Great Falls take you back to the founding of Great Falls, and the dynamic culture that developed from Paris Gibson‘s vision. Separate exhibits celebrate Great Falls’ rodeo, farming, and military service. The 1904 Fort Shaw women’s basketball team have their own display that includes the original team basketball. Cornerstone to this museum is the Ozark Club Room, showcasing the jazz history of Great Falls.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center | 4201 Giant Springs Road | 406-727-8733

Artfully positioned on a scenic bluff overlooking the Missouri River and belnding into the landscape, the interpretive center holds North America’s most extensive display detailing the Lewis and Clark expedition. Journey through the expedition, beginning in St Louis and ending on the Oregon coast. Choose your return trip with either Lewis or Clark. The centerpiece of the museum is a dramatic 2-story diorama. The 100-seat amphitheater shows the Ken Burns feature on Lewis & Clark. The River’s Edge Trail links the interpretive center to Giant Springs State Park, Montana’s most visited state park.

Malmstrom Air Force Base Museum and Air Park | 90 Whitehall Dr | 406-731-2705

Malmstrom Air Force Base was established in 1942 during World War II. Malmstrom Air Force Base was the training ground for the Berlin Airlift humanitarian effort. Nearly 8,000 aircraft flew between Great Falls and Fairbanks to deliver air equipment and supplies between 1942-45. The base continues to be a strategic national defense location and a stationed combat engineering squadron for military and humanitarian operations worldwide. The museum depicts, displays, and interprets the historical significance of Malmstrom in peacekeeping operations over the last 75 years. The outdoor Air Park displays aircraft and ground transportation of years past. It even contains some history about the first military mission in Great Falls, the Lewis and Clark Expedition!

Montana Museum of Railroad History | 400 3rd Street NW

A great place for family fun, the Montana Museum of Railroad History tells the story of Montana’s railroads, the people who built and operated them, and their role in the development of Montana. In addition to railroad artifacts, the museum displays 3 large, operating, scale-model railroads. The ever-expanding exhibit details towns and landscapes from the surrounding area and railroad lovers of all ages watch intently as the trains maneuver over trestles and through tunnels. Outside is a full-size Burlington Northern Railway Caboose for a hands-on experience.

Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art | 1400 1st Avenue N | 406-727-8255

The stately sandstone structure that serves as the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is a nationally registered historic site named for the founder of the city of Great Falls. Established in 1896 as a high school, the building is a home to modern art with a growing outdoor sculpture garden. Ever-changing displays explore contemporary issues, spark humor, and inspire contemplation. The exhibits have an astonishing variety of media, such as Lee Steen’s wooden stick figure sculptures that once graced Montana roadsides and Jean Price’s 3,000 and Counting exhibit that commemorates the sacrifices made by US troops in Iraq who have lost their life in the war.

The Ursuline Center | 2300 Central Ave | 406-452-8585

Built in 1912, the Ursuline Centre houses antiques and Indian artifacts in the museum that features a treasury of relics, furnishings, instruments, and other artifacts from the Sisters of Providence. The chapel displays Mother Raphael Schweda’s towering murals, hung in 1927. Before you enter the building, look up and see Montana’s only functional gargoyles. These structures act as rainspouts and are impressive during a rainstorm. On sunny days, they stand as a testament to the craftmanship of the building and the history inside. The Ursuline Center’s instrument collection includes an 1840 harp and a Steinway baby grand piano. The auditorium houses private piano rooms that were used for instruction, each still equipped with pianos; how many pianos will you find?

Brother Van House | 113 6th Street N | 406-453-3114

Friend to Charlie Russell and known as the Most loved man in Montana, William Wesley Van Orsdel, Brother Van, came to Montana on the Far West steamboat in 1872. In a career spanning 50 years, Brother Van worked on behalf of the rich and famous, the poor, and with the pioneers of the West. The historic Brother Van House was built in 1910 and stands as a testament to Brother Van, who helped build hundreds of churches, 7 hospitals, a children’s home, and a college. Stories told by docents of his adventures will raise the hair on your neck and bring a tear to your eye. Learn about the settlement of Montana and the part that Brother Van played in making this the wonderful state it is.

Montana’s Veterans Memorial | 25th Street North and River Dr | 406-454-9070

The Montana Veterans Memorial honors and recognizes all veterans of all branches of military service to the United States of America. This place of honor is a solemn location that honors men and women, living and deceased. The Montana Veterans Memorial has more than 6,000 tiles with names of veterans who have served the country, including 160 members of the Blackfeet Nation.

Mehmke Steam Tractor Museum | 8244 US Highway 89 | 406-899-8244

The Mehmke Museum celebrates Central Montana’s agricultural heritage with one of the largest collections of antique tractors in the country with over 60 machines, 20 of which are steam. The Mehmke Museum has been a fixture in Central Montana since the 1950s. The collection includes tractors from 1898 to the 1920s in every brand, some you may not have heard of. The Museum also houses historical and antique artifacts that will transport you to a bygone era. Outbuildings feature a homestead shack, a display on African-American women with reproductions of women’s clothing from different eras, a complete bar brought up the Missouri River on a steamboat, several vintage cars, wagons, buggies, a sleigh, and a portable jail cell used in the 1900s as Montana transitioned from a territory to the Treasure State.