Best Museum

Missoula Art Museum

For many art lovers, the Missoula Art Museum is a required stop on the First Friday circuit. First Fridays at MAM are typically packed affairs, with people crowding in the galleries to hear artist talks about exhibits like Theo Ellsworth’s Thought Clouds and the Andy Warhol Collection. Of course, First Friday isn’t where the action stops. MAM is open the rest of the month, too, with art classes, live music, readings, special talks and kids' day camps. Since 1975, MAM staff have long worked to include an intellectually stimulating mix of contemporary works in beautiful photography, unusual ceramics, large-scale installations and too many other mediums to count. And because of the generosity of its members and the community, MAM doesn’t charge admission. It’s a place that strives to make art the kind of accessible community asset that it deserves to be. Missoula Art Museum • 335 N. Pattee St • 728-0447 •

Finalists, Best Museum

2. The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula • 3400 Captain Rawn Way • 728-3476 •

3. Children’s Museum • 225 W. Front St • 541-7529 •

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