The Montana Historical Society Research Center, as well as some galleries, will temporarily close in a few months in preparation for the 2025 opening of the Montana Heritage Center, museum officials said Friday.
The Homeland gallery, which examines life in Montana’s past, already is partially shuttered as artifacts are inventoried and stored before their eventual inclusion into expanded exhibits in the new Heritage Center. Both the Homeland gallery and the adjacent exhibit “Neither Empty Nor Unknown: Montana at the Time of Lewis and Clark,” will close at the end of September.
However, the Charlie Russell gallery and the eclectic “Portraits” lobby exhibit will remain available to the public as long as the art is not affected by the upcoming construction improvements to the 70-year-old MHS building. The Russell artwork eventually will move into a gallery twice the size of its existing home, and new exhibits will replace the “Who Speaks to You? Portraits from the Permanent Collection” now on display.
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