C.M. Russell Museum installs new permanent collection
August 21, 2009
The C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls presents a new, permanent installation, “The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture.” The exhibition presents the C.M. Russell Museum’s substantial collection of Plains Indian cultural artifacts for the very first time. The Bison features over 500 objects, including Northern Plains Indian artifacts such as clothing, regalia, tools, and weapons with a wide variety of objects crafted from bison and works of art utilizing bison imagery. Two and three-dimensional artwork by Charles M. Russell, as well as contemporary works of art can also be seen in the exhibition. This exhibition addresses the historical and cultural role of bison, in the Northern Plains between 1800 and 2008. It also examines the ways in which this animal has emerged as an American icon. The exhibition opened for public viewing in December 2008.
The C.M. Russell Museum now includes 16 galleries, a gift shop and extensive library. It spans over 76,000 square feet. The C.M. Russell Museum complex includes the original Russell Home and Log Cabin Studio, which occupy a full city block. The C.M. Russell Museum has an average of 50,000 visitors a year, and the permanent collection exceeds 12,000 works of art, Indian artifacts, rare books and documents.