Aged to Imperfection: A Montana Take on Wabi-Sabi features 18 unassuming artifacts from The History Museum’s collection that illustrate the ancient Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Wabi-sabi is an appreciation of the imperfect, incomplete, and impermanent; a recognition of the beauty of everyday day objects that are often modest, humble, and handmade.
This special exhibition is curated by Judy Ellinghauseun, archivist for The History Museum for 15 years, and a member of the Collections Department team since 2017. This exhibition reminds patrons that though the modern way of living embodies polished, mass-produced, technologically saturated artifacts, both nature and basic human needs remain constant. The wabi-sabi viewpoint urges us to take a step back and reevaluate/appreciate the humble and imperfect in our everyday lives.
Learn about the history of both departments, the people that were a part of them, and the way technology has changed for Great Falls’ rescue workers and law enforcement.
The History Museum presents a new documentary of North Central Montana’s Military: Thunder Under the Big Sky. Join us for the film premiere and the opening of a complementary exhibition.
We celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the ending of World War I with a new exhibition honoring the doughboys of Cascade County. Ken Robison will present his new book: World War I Montana: The Treasure State Prepares.