Missoula Art Galleries

Discover Missoula Culture

Missoula Arts and Culture.

Take in a show at the historic Wilma Theater.

It is often said that Missoula has more culture than any other city in Montana.

Culture is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “enlightenment and excellence of taste acquired by intellectual and aesthetic training.” It is also defined as “acquaintance with and taste in fine arts and humanities.”

Missoula, therefore, is the place to go in Montana to hear live music, watch a show, and see art.

Many people spend a few days at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast in order to do just that. They come here from more rural areas to see a show and browse art galleries. They come to feel the pulse of the city and the energy of the university. It’s invigorating. It’s fun.

Art galleries abound in downtown Missoula. One of the best times to visit them is on the First Friday of each month, when they stay open late and host artist receptions and other special events.

The University of Montana in Missoula brings a host of fantastic performers to the stage year-round. Some, like the Buddy DeFranco Jazz Festival, are much anticipated. Others, such as the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, draw more intimate crowds. There there is The Adams Center, which has the largest indoor seating capacity in western Montana; it brings such names as Dierks Bentley and the Rolling Stones.

Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula

Learn about the Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Missoula.

There is also a good deal of history in and around Missoula. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula reveals the rich history of Missoula County. The Holt Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about cowboys and their rodeos and Indians and their Pow Wows. The Montana Museum of Art and Culture  has a superb collection of Rocky Mountain west art, contemporary Native American art, and a respectable number of pieces from Southeast Asian and European masters.

Treat yourself to a few days of culture. Allow yourself to be pampered while staying in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. You’re worth it.

Missoula Shopping Spree


Peruse eclectic Missoula shops during a Missoula Shopping Getaway.

It may be October, but it’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays. They’ll be upon us before you know it.

Many folks in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming live in the country, hours from the closest city. For these people, holiday shopping involves the internet or a road trip. We hope you’ll choose the road trip, and come spend a few days at our Missoula, Montana, Bed and Breakfast.

Missoula has an eclectic community. There are wizened cowboys and bespeckled intellectuals, avid outdoorsmen and creative artists, and a lively mix of all of the above. Shops have sprouted up to cater to this  diverse population; it makes for interesting shopping.

Our Missoula Bed and Breakfast hosts many guests who come to town each November and December to shop. Internet shopping is convenient, but it’s somehow not as satisfying or fun as walking up and down a street, popping into one shop after the next. Plus, everyone can go on line from anywhere and find the same product. Not everyone has the opportunity to shop in Missoula.

Some of our favorite Missoula stores include:

  • Fact and Fiction: fantastic bookstore.
  • Bird’s Nest Books: another fantastic bookstore, with rare books.
  • Butterfly Herbs: eclectic items from jewelry to coffee mugs.
  • Fair Trade Store: clothing, musical instruments and jewelry from around the world.
  • Monte Dolack Gallery: features the work of Dolack and other Montana artists.
  • Pirnie Art Showroom: unique work by Larry Pirnie and others.
  • Red Rooster Trading: a super kitchen and bath shop.
  • Army Navy Economy Store: full of treasures, if you’re willing to look.



Missoula’s First Friday, August 5, 2011

Missoula’s First Friday is just days away, on August 5, 2011. This Friday promises to be exceptional, with several Artist’s Receptions and special events. It will be a great time to be at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

See Monte Dolack at work painting on August 5 at The Monte Dolack Gallery.

Monte Dolack will paint at the Monte Dolack Gallery on August 5, and his painting will be sold at auction to benefit Animeals. To bid on the painting, please go to www.dolack.com before September 1, 2011.

See the some of the many faces that use Missoula’s MOBASH Skatepark at The Brink Gallery. The exhibition “5” celebrates the first five years of the skatepark that Tony Hawk & co. christened in 2006. There will be an opening reception from 5 – 8 p.m. for local photographer and creator of the exhibit, Andrew Kemmis.

The Missoula Art Museum is holding an Artist’s Reception for Wendy Red Star’s first solo exhibit, My Home Is Where My Tipi Sits. The reception runs from 5 – 8 p.m., and the Wendy Red Star will give a Gallery Talk at 7 p.m.

New watercolors by Kendahl Jan Jubb and music by Stan Angien will be at the Murphy-Jubb Fine Art gallery.

Check out plain air paintings of the local landscape and studio works by a variety of artists at the Dana Gallery. There will be an Opening Reception August 5 from 5 – 8 p.m.

Meet artist Karen Lee from 5 – 8 p.m. at The Artists’ Shop, where her watercolors tell “A Traveling Show – Images From Near and Far”.

Yellowstone Photo features National Park photographs by Ken Dvorak. Meet the photographer and enjoy refreshments from Big Sky Brewing and Pattee Creek Market from 5:30 to 8:30 on the 5th.

Much more art will be on view at the galleries of downtown Missoula. Don’t try to see it all on Friday night; enjoy a weekend of art and culture while staying at our Missoula Bed and Breakfast this weekend, August 5 – 7, 2011.

More information about the Artwalk is available at First Fridays Missoula.

My Home is Where My Tipi Sits

My Home is Where My Tipi Sits is an upcoming exhibition at Missoula Art Museum. This is Wendy Red Star’s first solo exhibition, and MAM is pleased to be hosting it. The museum hopes many folks will come to town for this; we hope that those who do will stay in our Missoula Bed and Breakfast.

Wendy Red Star's exhibit at MAM runs August 5 - November 27, 2011.

Wendy Red Star was born in Billings, Montana, and raised on the nearby Crow Reservation. She has lived in urban California and now resides in Portland, Oregon, but her art reflects her deep roots in the Crow Reservation of Montana. Her photographs depict everyday life on the reservation: cars, basketball hoops, sweat lodges and government houses.

Missoula Art Museum is hosting an Artist’s Reception for Wendy Red Star on August 5, 2011, from 5 – 8 p.m. Red Star will talk about her work that evening at 7 p.m. This event coincides with Missoula’s First Friday Art Walk, when all of the art galleries and museums in Missoula stay open late. It’s generally a festive occasion.

Whether you are traveling from eastern Montana or the East Coast of the U.S., you are sure to find Missoula a vibrant, interesting city. We enjoy nothing more than sharing our home town with guests of our Missoula Bed and Breakfast. Hope to see you soon.

More information about Red Star’s exhibit is available at MAM.