Legendary cowboy artist Charlie M. Russell made his home here and this museum pays tribute to his influential artwork that captured the landscapes and spirit of the West during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Six galleries display his original pieces in chronological order, and visitors can also see his studio and log home adjacent to the museum.
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and display of art that reflects the needs, interests and cultural diversity of its audience, and to the preservation of the historically significant Paris Gibson Square building. The museum's focus in its collection is modern and contemporary art, with special interest in self-taught and Native American works, primarily from the northwestern United States.
Learn about the famous Lewis and Clark expedition in the center's main exhibit hall after viewing a 30-minute introductory movie by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns. The center also features in-depth profiles about Plains and Northwest Indian cultures, hiking trails and a 100-seat outdoor amphitheater that hosts special performances.
This popular hiking/biking trail runs 25 miles along the Missouri River and is the best place to explore the city's riverfront scenery. Much of the trail has been built over abandoned railroad tracks that pass by the area's famous waterfalls (including the 40-foot tall, 500-foot wide Black Eagle Falls), impressive dams and areas with beautiful overlooks.
Ryan Dam is a six-unit hydroelectric plant on the Missouri River, about 10 miles downstream from Great Falls, Mont. The units have a total generating capacity of 60 megawatts. (One megawatt can satisfy the average energy needs of 750 households.)
Established in 1977, the elegantly rustic Bert and Ernie's, Tavern and Grill is a Great Falls tradition. A variety of home style foods that run the gamut are served, from hearty soups and salads, to grilled seafood and pasta dishes. Bert and Ernie's also offers the largest selection of micro brewed beers in the city, featuring at least 10 Montana brews at all times. The desserts are baked in house, with specialties in cheesecakes.
Dante's Restaurant is located inside a beautiful, old brick building that was built in 1908 as an ironworks. It has since been converted to an office building and Dante's Restaurant. Dante's features Italian, Southwestern, seafood, prime rib, steak and nightly specials. All meals include a signature Gorgonzola salad and sourdough bread, served with roasted garlic. Although the restaurant is elegant, it remains a casual atmosphere where casual attire is acceptable.
The Sting Sports Bar and 5th Quarter Casino offers food, beverages and entertainment for the entire family. They have keno and poker machines, as well as numerous TVs to satiate sports goers. The restaurant menu offers pizza, sandwiches, salads and appetizers, while the bar carries an assortment of domestic, imported and micro beers and liquor. Additionally, children are welcome and are able to entertain themselves in the video game room. The Sting Sports Bar and 5th Quarter Casino is a non-smoking environment.
Jaker's Steak Rib and Fish House specializes in steaks, ribs, and seafood. The restaurant offers special menus, such as ones accommodating seniors, children, and those with smaller appetites. Jaker's Steak Rib and Fish House also has a wide offering of micro-brews, wines, and bottled spirits. The dress code is casual, and the restaurant also accommodates both reservations and walk-ins.
Mackenzie River Pizza Company offers gourmet pizza in a casual Montana atmosphere.