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About the Hockaday Museum

The Hockaday Museum of Art is located in the historic Carnegie Library Building at the corner of 2nd Avenue East and 3rd Street in Kalispell, Montana.

Our Mission
To enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park

Museum Overview
The Hockaday Museum of Art's mission is to enrich the cultural life of our community and region, and preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park. The Museum maintains a permanent collection and offers rotating exhibits by nationally renowned and emerging artists, in addition to a permanent exhibit of Glacier National Park art and culture. A Discovery Gallery provides hands-on activities for children that changes along with the rotating exhibits.

Museum History
In 1967, the Flathead Branch of the Montana Institute of the Arts explored the need for a community art center in the Flathead Valley. Area residents responded enthusiastically, and on February 10, 1969, the Flathead Valley Art Association opened the Hockaday Center for the Arts as a community art center in the Carnegie Library building.  
The art center was named for Lakeside artist Hugh Hockaday (1892-1968), who had moved to the Flathead Valley after a successful career as a commercial artist, and who passed away during the conversion of the Carnegie library to an art center. In 1998, the Hockaday Center changed its name to the Hockaday Museum of Art to reflect its new focus as a museum.

Building History

The Hockaday Museum is housed in a turn-of-the-century Carnegie Library Building that is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places. The more than 100-year-old building, now wheelchair accessible, has undergone significant renovations to create a sophisticated museum setting while retaining the building's historic beauty.

Permanent Collection
The Museum’s growing permanent collection focuses on the art and artists of Montana and Glacier National Park. Featured in the permanent collection are works by Charles M. Russell, John Fery, Leonard Lopp, Bud Helbig, Ace Powell, O.C. Seltzer, Russell Chatham, Jeanne Hamilton, Hugh Hockaday, David Shaner, Thomas English, Bob Scriver, Gary Schildt, Tom Saubert, Frank Hagel, Mark Ogle, Jeff Walker, and others. Recent acquisitons include: Linda Wilder, Laurie Kersey, Charles Fritz, Doug Swinton, Julie Jeppsen, Krystii Melaine, Carol Cooke, Rebecca Tobey, and Linda Tippetts.

The Crown of the Continent
This permanent exhibition captures the nostalgia and grandeur of Glacier National Park that today still attracts so many artists seeking to portray its greatness. It features works by significant Glacier Park authors, photographers, and painters as well as Park collectibles, including vintage maps and hand-tinted photographs. While artists change from time to time, the exhibit always features the art and culture of Glacier National Park.

Carnegie Corner Gift Gallery
The Hockaday offers a charming source of unique original artwork, pottery, glass, jewelry, cards, prints, books and other arts and crafts by local and regional artists.

Adults $5
Seniors (60+) $4
College Students $2
Children under 18 Free*
Members Free


Closed on the following holidays:







302 Second Avenue East
Kalispell, Montana 59901
tel 406.755.5268

Wheelchair Accessible

Elevator Available
For accessibility questions, contact our Visitor Services staff

at 406-755-5268, or email




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