Why A Museum?

Initial BAM design
Rendering by MSU Masters in Architecture Student Eleanor Usick

The Bozeman Art Museum enhances the quality of life of Gallatin Valley residents and will add to community vibrancy in numerous ways.

An Economic Impact Report prepared by the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District dated May 2014 projected the potential economic impact of the Art Museum in the Gallatin Valley as significant. This report estimates that in year-three of full Bozeman Art Museum operations, museum and visitor expenditures will add an additional $30-million in total economic benefits to Gallatin Valley.

According to this Economic Impact Report, our museum expects to be a major visitor attraction drawing approximate 85,000 annual visitors (half of current annual admissions for the Museum of the Rockies), of the five-million annual visitors to the Bozeman area.

What Montanans Believe About the Arts:

*Research published in 2018 titled, Montanans Speak Out About the Arts

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The arts help students perform better academically
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The arts improve healing and the healthcare experience
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The arts have a social impact and improve the quality and livability of their community
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The arts impact tourism, attract travelers

The BAM Timeline:

Expansion of our physical space will allow us to grow our programming to include: 

  • Family Programs that will introduce children and adults to the varied world of art through guided tours, vacation programs, events, and various activities. 
  • Adult Programs that will explore the complexities of art through a variety of programs that are accessible to audiences of all levels. Visitors will choose from several educational formats- tours, films, lectures, gallery talks, and readings that illuminate the connection of art to culture and history. 
  • More Workshops by nationally known artists that provide an opportunity for learners to study with career artists who can enhance their capabilities. 
  • School Tours designed to enrich school curricula and reflect the Bozeman Art Museum’s approach to engaging students in dialogue as they look at selected works of art. 
  • Teachers/ Educatorsguided tours, hands on or studio activities, resource materials, and discussions about integrating art and culture into classroom learning. 
  • Docent Training to provide volunteers the opportunity to lead visitors in the study of the history of art, the elements of art, museum education, and the study of the Museum’s collection. 
  • Internships to cultivate the next generation of museum and art supporters, enthusiasts and professionals.