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Montana’s Museum has a permanent collection of over 50,000 artifacts that display a variety of time periods and significant events that occurred in Montana. If you’re interested in viewing the Museum’s permanent collection at any time, simply check out the Museum’s online collection archives.
The Mackay Gallery of Russell Art is a 2,000 square foot gallery that celebrates the art completed by Charles M. Russell. Various watercolors, inks, sculptures, and sketches are thematically placed to showcase the highlighted themes of Russell’s work. One of the most popular pieces of art in this gallery is Russell’s Cowboy Artist painting.
Neither Empty Nor Unknown: Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark explores Montana and the specific areas that Lewis and Clark explored during the time period of 1804 to 1806. Various artifacts showcase the multi-dimensional perspectives of this time period, from the lives of the Native Americans to the uncharted wilderness.
Montana Homeland is exhibition with the overwhelming theme of people and the environment. This exhibit showcases what life was like throughout the ages in Montana. Everything from the personal lives of people to the overall community is explored. Concentrations in this exhibit include how people interacted with the environment, the various technological advancements that were created to make life easier, and how everyday activities reflected the community’s relationship with the environment. Overall, Montana Homeland explores the notion that people and the environment have a close and impactful relationship.
Big Medicine is a display of the widely renowned and celebrated white bison, Big Medicine. White bison are known to be extremely rare, and have historically only appeared once out of every five million bison births. Many Indians regard white bison to be extremely sacred and even hold spiritual powers and reputations. So, when a white buffalo calf was born on May 3, 1933, the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes celebrated the birth and regarded it as a blessing. Named for his significance and recognition, Big Medicine had some pigmentation that made him a white buffalo and not a pure albino. When Big Medicine passed away in 1959, arrangements were made to permanently preserve him.