“On behalf of the C.M. Russell Museum, it is with sadness that I report the passing of our Chan and Clara Ferguson Chief Curator, Sarah L. Burt. Over the last five years, Sarah was an instrumental member of the staff, securing major exhibitions such as Romance Maker: The Watercolors of Charles M. Russell, George Catlin’s American Buffalo, and Harmless Hunter: The Wildlife Work of Charles M. Russell. During the brief time that Sarah and I worked together, I got to know her extraordinary talents as a curator, her ability to inspire people who didn’t even know they were interested in Charles Marion Russell, and her passion for art and the American West. I admired her greatly. Sarah will be deeply missed by all of her friends and colleagues in the museum. May our thoughts and prayers be with Sarah’s family at this time.”
Michael Duchemin, Ph.D.
C.M. Russell Museum
Welcome to the C.M. Russell Museum
The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation’s finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world. The permanent collection of more than 12,000 objects also includes the works of such well-known artists as O. C. Seltzer, Winold Reiss, J. H. Sharp, E. E. Heikka, E. I. Couse, Olaf Wieghorst, Henry Farny, and Frank Tenney Johnson. The Browning Firearms Collection and The Bison: American Icon, Heart of Plains Indian Culture round out the museum’s outstanding offerings.
In 1953, the C.M. Russell Museum opened in a single small gallery housing the personal Russell collection of Josephine Trigg, a close friend and neighbor of the Russell family. The museum subsequently underwent expansions in 1969, 1985, and 2001 to reach its current capacity of approximately 70,000 square feet. The museum campus now occupies a full city block that includes Charles M. Russell’s home and log studio, which together were designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the C.M. Russell Museum is one of the premier attractions in Montana.