MAM serves the public by engaging audiences and artists in the exploration of contemporary art relevant to the community, state and region. 
- MAM Board of Directors, 2008

Founded in 1975 and accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1987, MAM has always been a flagship institution in culturally savvy Missoula, Montana. After a $5.3 million capital campaign and grand opening in September 2006, MAM offers a spectacular attraction in the heart of the historic downtown: a fully accessible, free, public museum that boasts six exhibition spaces, a library, education center, and an inviting information lounge.

The successful building design has seamlessly fused the 100-year-old Carnegie Library building with a contemporary addition, creating the ideal environment for exhibiting, celebrating, and preserving MAM's growing contemporary art collection.


The Missoula Art Museum welcomes patrons with disabilities. After 30 years without an elevator, MAM is proud to offer the community a museum that is fully accessible.

All public areas of the Museum, including the entrance, galleries, the classrooms, and the information lounge are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible restrooms are located on the sub-ground floor. An elevator is available throughout the museum. If you have any questions about our accessibility, please contact Anna Buxton, Membership, Volunteer & Event Manager.

Guided Tours of MAM's exhibitions are available at no additional cost. Reservations are required - contactRenee Taaffe, Education Curator, to make a reservation.

Missoula Free Public library built with a $12,500 grant from Andrew Carnegie, designed by architect A.J. Gibson.

Carnegie granted $9,000 for the construction of the second floor, designed by Gibson's assistant Ole Bakke.

Festival of the Arts was held in Missoula with over 10,000 attending.

Missoula Festival of the Arts Committee petitions Missoula City Council to establish a civic center in the defunct library building.

The Missoula City Council agreed to lease the building at $1 a year and allotted $25,000 for repairs to the building. Architect William Fox designed the remodel. The Missoula County Commissioners grant a permissive Mill Levy to fund the operation.

Missoula Art Museum opened March 15, with the exhibition Native Funk and Flash, which reflected the hip, avant-garde culture of the 1970's.

Missoula Art Museum begins to collect art and is awarded accreditation by American Association of Museums. 

MAM endowment is established.

MAM reformed from a County agency to a 501(c)3. Interior remodel conducted.

Architectural Assessment conducted by architect Jim McDonald: MAM Board decides to remodel and expand Carnegie Library building.

City of Missoula, Missoula County and Missoula Redevelopment Agency pledge support to MAM's remodel and expansion.

MAM launches Renaissance Renovation and Renewal Campaign. Architect Warren Hampton, OZ Architects is selected.

Construction commences for 21 months. $5.3 million capital campaign proceeds successfully.

MAM Grand Opening festival attracts over 5,000: the new MAM is fabulous!

In response to the Kresge Challenge, MAM completes it's capital campaign on January 3!

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