Founded in 1969, the museum is housed in a turn-of-the-century Carnegie Library Building that has been renovated to create a museum setting while retaining the building's historic beauty. The collection focuses on the art and artists of Montana, including a collection of works that featuring the art and culture of Glacier National Park
The collection captures the nostalgia and grandeur of Glacier National Park, the glory days of the Empire Builder Railroad, the Blackfeet Nation, and those who chose to settle in this majestic part of Montana. The collection features works by significant authors, photographers, and painters including Charles M. Russell, Winold Reiss, Ralph Earl DeCamp, Joe Scheurle, Fred Kiser, Leonard Lopp, T.J. Hileman, Roland Reed, John Clarke, O. C. Seltzer, Mark Ogle, Nicholas Oberling, John Fery, Adolph Heinze, Earl E. Heikke, and Diccon Swan. Also featured are artifacts from writer James Willard Schultz and other luminaries.
Works from the permanent collection