CMR Museum re-opens exhibit after fixing flood damage - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

CMR Museum re-opens exhibit after fixing flood damage

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Flash flooding in August 2016 caused the C.M. Russell Museum to close some exhibits on its lower level, and this week, the Bison Exhibit will reopen.

The summer storm caused a broken pipe in one of the museum's storm drain systems, which led to extensive flood damage to the interior ceiling and carpets.

The exhibit was repaired and is now being reassembled.

Visitors can tour the Bison Exhibit once again starting on Saturday, May 20.

Some new artists will be featured.

A piece from contemporary Native American artist Jaune Quick-to-See Smith is on loan from the Yellowstone Art Museum. Museum organizers say the Bison Exhibit provides a unique collection of Native American art and artifacts that people may not know is at the C.M. Russell Museum.

"We have this fantastic collection of Native American artifacts, Native American artwork, and perspectives represented here. We have hundreds of objects represented here with information that is so fantastic that we're able to provide to the community, it really is a gem," said Eileen Laskowski, Education and Programs Manager.

The museum has been working on flood repairs for about nine months.

RELATED: Great Falls assessing the impact of flash-flooding

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