PLACES: Hockaday Museum of Art

By Beacon Staff

The Hockaday Museum of Art provides a perfect place to escape the cold. Located near downtown Kalispell, the museum features traveling exhibits and the work of local artists.

Through March 10, C. David Swanson’s exhibit “Sweat and Steel” is on display on the main floor. The exhibit features almost 20 large paintings that depict the men and machines of railroading in Montana, from roughneck railroaders working in knee-deep snow to massive machines curving across the landscape. The oil-based paintings are prominently displayed and are complemented by railroad artifacts on loan from the Livingston Depot Museum.

The Hockaday Museum of Art was first established in 1968 and has a permanent collection assessed at over $1.3 million, making it one of the area’s premier museums. One of the museum’s primary goals is to preserve the artistic legacy of Montana and Glacier National Park. The museum is housed in the century-old Carnegie Library and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $2 for college students. K-12 students get in free. For more information visit www.hockadaymuseum.org.

How to get there: The Hockaday Museum of Art is located at 302 Second Avenue East, two blocks from Main Street in Kalispell.

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