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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate an artwork to the Hockaday Museum?
We appreciate your consideration and are happy to review the object to determine if the artwork fits our collection policies. Please contact our busy director by phone, in person, or by email to make an appointment.

Does the Hockaday Museum buy art?

Occasionally we do consider art for purchase, but ask for a photograph and letter telling us about the object, how you acquired the piece, and the terms of sale. Please do not bring it to the museum unless you have made an appointment.

I am an artist. Would the Hockaday Museum consider me for an exhibition?
The Hockaday Museum schedules its exhibits at least a year in advance. The Museum hosts its annual Arts in the Park festival in Kalispell's Depot Park as well as Members Only exhibition each Fall. Participation deadlines for each event are published on this website. Artists with individual proposals may email us digital images or links to online portfolios.

I found an old artwork in the attic, at a garage sale, etc ... Is it real? What is it worth?

The Hockaday Museum does not perform identifications, authentications, appraisals, or valuations. Feel free to contact us for a list of local appraisers.

Where can I learn more about a specific artist or type of art?
Researching artists and art can be done in many different ways. Start your search online at a site like or Ask your local librarians -- they know how to get hard-to-find information.

May I speak to a curator?
Our curator is heavily scheduled, so an appointment is necessary. When making an appointment, remember that  a little research on your part can answer many questions ahead of time.

I have an artwork that needs to be cleaned. Who should I call?

Excellent information on selecting a conservator is  available on the American Institute for Conservation website. The museum does not endorse any specific conservator.

I need to move a large painting or sculpture. How do I do it?
For crating or shipping, you may try,, or  The museum does not endorse any specific art handling and shipping companies.

I need to have a work of art framed. Can you recommend someone?
Feel free to contact us for a list of local framers. The customer determines the level of care they want.  The American Institute for Conservation can tell you what kinds of questions to ask.

How does the Hockaday accommodate visitors who have specific accessibility requirements?

The Hockaday is committed to providing accessibility to individuals with disabilities.  If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact the museum at 406.755.5268.  The Hockaday does have a ramp access to the rear entrance that is located just west of the main entrance.  Visitors are asked to ring the doorbell for a staff member to come and assist opening the secure door at the mezzanine level.  An elevator is located near the rear entrance to take those to either floor of the museum.  For further information, please contact us at 406.755.5268, or email



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