Special Exhibits

Good Beer Here

Northeast Gallery

Good Beer Here

Although Montana’s Museum is currently closed to the public in response to the coronavirus pandemic, we invite you to visit our newest exhibit once we re-open. Good Beer Here: Montana’s Brewing History presents our state’s brewing legacy, from the old-world beer of the 1850s, through prohibition, and the emergence of contemporary high-quality craft brewers.

You’ll learn about Montana’s first brewers, where they set up shop and the methods they used to both brew and transport beer. You’ll get a chance to view equipment from one of the state’s earliest breweries, Gilbert Brewing, which was established in 1863, and objects from Kessler Brewery, one of the longest running breweries in the state.

Artifacts from some of Montana’s current breweries will also be on display. Modern day brewery taprooms have become cultural hubs. Learn about how many breweries connect themselves to the land and the community by sourcing local ingredients, naming beers after landmarks and people, and raising funds for community organizations.

In the meantime, please visit our Good Beer Here interactive map.

Joe Scheuerle and His Remarkable Indian Gallery

Lobby Gallery

Chief Horn Chief Horn Back

Our newest exhibit features the wonderful American Indian portraits created by artist Joseph G. Scheuerle (1873–1948). Beginning in 1909, Scheuerle regularly visited Montana's reservations where he executed more than two-hundred portraits that were “all finished and done honestly and carefully from life and on the spot.” He befriended the subjects whom he painted and often provided whimsical sketches and commentary on the back. While recognized by his friends and colleagues for his artistic skills, Scheuerle never received the acclaim given Russell and Sharp. Today, however, our knowledge of Plains Indian life is greatly enhanced by Scheuerle's exceptional art. The exhibit showcases 74 of his outstanding portraits, as well as examples of his fine commercial art.

This exhibit is made possible by the generous donations of Scheuerle’s art, from Joe Scheuerle’s grandson Bill Grierson and wife Pat and Alfred K. Jr. and Kathye H. Nippert.

Through the Eye of the Needle: A Detailed View of Historic Textiles

Montana Moments Gallery

Historic Textiles Exhibit

This exhibit offers an up-close view of clothing and textiles in the Montana Historical Society museum collection. Bodices, boots, embroidered table covers, and more are accompanied by large photographs of the embellishments on each piece to provide a glimpse into ornamental needlework on late 19th and early 20th century textiles.