MARTINSDALE — With construction on schedule, the new Charles M. Bair Family Art Museum is set to open Friday, May 28.
The state-of-the-art museum is on the grounds of the Bair Family Home in Martinsdale.
The mission of The Charles M. Bair Family Museum is to present an educational institution that focuses on the history and art of the Bair family, the family’s impact and place in the fabric of Montana and the West, and the many stories that relate to the broader context of the accomplishments of the Bair family.
The 7,300-square-foot building will feature a variety of gallery spaces as well as a fire-safe, climate-controlled, cement storage vault for the artwork during the winter season when the Museum is closed.
The new art museum sits adjacent to the original Bair Family home and will house the Bair’s collection of valuable Western artworks, Indian artifacts and an eclectic collection of American and European painting.
The principal architect for the museum, Kim Olson of O2 Architects in Billings, said the interior of the new museum is designed to exhibit many collections gathered by family members with diverse interests and tastes.
There will be gallery space for the Bair sisters’ European and American contemporary collection, as well as separate gallery space for Charlie Bair’s Western art collection and climate/light-controlled glass display cases for Bair’s American Indian artifacts.
In addition, the museum includes a temporary gallery for revolving exhibits.
The Charles M. Bair Family Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The Museum will remain open through October for school tours, as well as the general public, but on a reduced schedule.
Visitors can see the new museum exhibition, tour the home and explore the agricultural-related artifacts and photographs in the barn and visit the museum shop for one ticket price of $5, $3 for seniors.