Missoula is a vibrant place to live, and artists of all kinds have been drawn to this unique city. Their talents and personal points of view make exploring a local art gallery quite interesting. There are many art galleries around town, as well as art throughout the city in the form of sculptures and paintings. Be sure to visit the Missoula Art Museum which features contemporary works by Native American and regional artists as well as traveling exhibits. The space alone is worth the trip. A recent renovation marries the 100-year-old Carnegie Library building with a contemporary addition, creating a bright and airy space with lots of interesting angles and viewpoints. the museum does and amazing job keeping exhibits fresh.
Not to be missed is the Montana Museum of Art & Culture. It's impressive permanent collection is complimented by numerous exhibits and events throughout the year. Former student exhibitions display a diversity of interests and subjects ranging from nature to documentary.