The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter,

Missoula Art Galleries

Visual art spans more than just the landscape of Western Montana. Missoula is rich with talented artists, creative galleries, and artistic events. Our list below points you to Missoula galleries and artistic events that showcase Missoula’s finest.

4 Ravens Gallery
248 North Higgins Ave.
(406) 317-1543

Artists’ Shop
127 N. Higgins
(406) 543-6393

The Brink Gallery
111 W Front Street
(406) 728-5251

Dana Gallery
246 North Higgins Avenue
(406) 721-3154

e3 Convergence Gallery
229 W Main St.
(406) 830-3168

Missoula Art Museum
335 N Pattee St.
(406) 728-0447

MontanaArt & Framing
709 Ronan St.
(406) 541-7100

Montana Museum of Art & Culture
UM PARTV Center – University of Montana Campus

Monte Dolack Gallery
139 West Front Street
(406) 549-3248

Kendahl Jan Jubb
210 N. Higgins Ste. 300
(866) 721-7050

Radius Gallery
411 E Main St.

For more information on Missoula Galleries, Visit the Missoula Cultural Council Website where you can find out about individual artists and galleries as well as current exhibits and special events.