Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art supports contemporary arts and cultural opportunities in North Central Montana through exhibitions, thoughtful collection and preservation, and multi-generational educational programming. while serving as a cultural center.
The museum is located in a magnificent sandstone structure that was completed as the city's first high school. In 1977, community volunteers renovated and reopened the historic building as Paris Gibson Square community cultural center, including the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art.
The museum maintains a permanent collection of 800+ pieces, including Northwest regional contemporary art, American Indian contemporary art, and American self-taught art. Much of the collection comprises 234 sculptures created from cottonwood branches and found objects by self-taught artist Lee Steen.
In 2001, The Square inaugurated a permanent installation of Steen's work, and schedules regular exhibitions of other work from the permanent collection. The Square continues to secure notable additions to the collection, ensuring its continued relevance to contemporary art and the region.