Montana Historical Society

This is a great year to visit the Montana Historical Society.

We are celebrating several Montana anniversaries, including the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Montana's famous cowboy artist Charles M. Russell.

Other events will be happening all year long, including the 150th anniversary of Montana becoming a territory, the 100th anniversary of Montana women earning the right to vote (six years before it became a national law), and we will also be showing our pride for the 150th anniversary of the creation of MHS itself. 

We are redesigning our nationally known Mackay Gallery of C.M. Russell Art for the celebration. The major improvement to the gallery that includes several Russell masterpieces including "When the Land Belonged to God" will be pulled out of drawers to allow MHS to show off more of his illustrated letters and other smaller sketches, many of which have not been exhibited before. 

This summer will be chock full of special events and exhibits. Give us a call at (406) 444-2694 or go online at to see whats happening. 

Our friendly staff will help guide you to special places and museums and galleries across the state to fit your travel needs and special interests. 

      Bruce Whittenberg
      Director, Montana Historical Society