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The Purpose of the Clark Chateau Art & History Museum

Charles W. Clark Chateau period museum

Clark Chateau Spiral Staircase


The Clark Chateau is a period art and history museum. The period museum is on the second and third floors of the chateau. The rooms reflect the art, cultural and varied ethnic heritage of the citizens of the area. Two galleries are used to display art exhibits which are usually changed on a monthly schedule by the executive director. Over 14,000 visitors from the around the world have visited the chateau on various given years. The Chateau is operated with a limited staff and the executive director – gretchen miller.

The citizens of Butte are proud of their varied ethnic heritage. From the early Irish, Finish, and Cornish immigrants of the 1880's to the Native American, indigenous to Montana, Butte is home to many cultures. The chateau has developed many relationships and ongoing programs with various groups within the area.

Events held at the Clark Chateau Art & History Museum in the Past

2007 Annual Winter Gala at the Charles W. Clark Chateau
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In cooperation with the Butte Public Schools and Butte Central, the

Student Art Exhibit

has been held annually at the chateau. The exhibit has since been change to the

Annual Youth Art Exhibit

and works are displayed at the Chateau and the Venus Rising Espresso House. Parents and students meet with teachers and enjoy viewing the exhibits and discussing the work at two receptions held during the show. The exhibit is held from March to April each year.

2007 Winter Gala at the Charles W. Clark Chateau

Winter Gala Clark Chateau

Textile Medium

, a national level quilt show sponsored by the BSBAF was first held at the Chateau. Over $1,000 in awards were presented; 56 "art" quilts were displayed in the galleries of the chateau. Two days of courses on design and quilting techniques were taught by two nationally–known quilt artists. This project followed the organizing of a quilt guild by the BSBAF in 1987.



Clark Chateau Art & History Museum Tours


~ A Brief History of the Clark Chateau


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Hours Depend on Volunteer Availability
If volunteers are available the normal open hours-- Friday - Monday 11am-4pm

The Chateau will be open during the week dependent on staff availability.

Clark Chateau Art & History Museum




The Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation (BSBAF) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1977 under IRS Code 501(c) 3 status to promote the arts, culture, and heritage.

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