Best Museum

Missoula Art Museum

Right now, the Missoula Art Museum has a rhinoceros in its front yard—a large, life-sized beast that would definitely injure you if it wasn’t, in fact, a metal sculpture. The rhino was carted in from artist Bill Ohrmann’s Drummond studio for a First Friday exhibition. Call them crazy, but that’s just the kind of thing MAM’s staff will do to draw attention to their exhibits, luring you into the museum’s multiple gallery spaces. Besides its rotating display of stunning pieces, MAM often hosts readings and live bands to pair with its art openings, and its four-level space—part modern, part old-fashioned brick—appeals to throngs of wine-drinking patrons and art-loving kids alike. Missoula Art Museum: 335 N. Pattee St, 728-0447,

  • photo by Cathrine L. Walters

Finalists, Best Museum

2. Children’s Museum: 225 W. Front St, 541-7529,

3. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula: 3400 Captain Rawn Way, 728-3476,

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