HVAC Failure Forces Missoula Art Museum Closure
If you're complaining about the summer temps in Western Montana, you're not alone. Cooking eggs on the hood of a car, while not advisable, is definitely within the realm of possibility during the hottest months of the year.
The HVAC system at the Missoula Art Museum has been under pressure this last month, and finally caved on Tuesday morning. This failure has forced the museum to close until further notice.
MAM executive Director Laura Millin:
We are making every effort to get the system back up and running, but the process is expected to take about three weeks with supply chain issues...we have moved vulnerable artworks from our current exhibitions into our vault for safekeeping. We can't wait to get the pieces back into our galleries and welcome back visitors when we reopen.
Unfortunately, this means that the Missoula Art Museum will not be open for First Friday on August 5th when many local business celebrate the arts; offering special deals and putting on shows for Missoulians.
The museum has been in contact with the kids and parents who have signed up for the museums summer camps, which will continue as scheduled. The classroom inside the museum is capable of being air conditioned by a portable unit (RELATED: Beat The Heat With Your Own AC)
The upcoming Salish Miniatures Camp which runs August 8th - August 12th will be held in the classroom, and museum officials are comfortable allowing the camp to continue as planned without danger to students or instructors. Kids will still get to create art inspired by local Salish tribe art as well as learn about indigenous culture.
All Other Programs
Unfortunately the museum will be without its HVAC system, and since the museum is closed until further notice, all other programs will not be available until further notice. This includes
- Adult Workshops (Saturday mornings)
- After School Art Adventure (Tuesday afternoons)
More info will be shared about programs and reopening of the museum as it becomes available.
MAM encourages our friends and family to keep enjoying art in Missoula, including at Art Park at the corner on North Pattee and East Pine. A current exhibition has been moved outside featuring an elk, an owl and a horse: