The MonDak Heritage Center is an arts and cultural museum in Sidney, Montana. Our mission is to engage, educate and inspire our community by preserving and contributing to the area's arts, culture and heritage. We regularly feature art exhibits and classes, history exhibits and presentations, as well as music performances.
The Society was originally formed in 1967 and opened a temporary museum known as the J.K. Ralston Museum and Art Center in 1972 in the “old hospital” in Sidney, Montana. Named after Ralston, the famed western artist and Richland County native, the Ralston Center operated until 1984, when the museum was moved to the “MonDak Heritage Center,” its permanent and present location at 120 3rd Avenue SE in Sidney, Montana.
Some of the special services offered by the Society and the MonDak Heritage Center include:
* Genealogical research materials and assistance upon request.
* Extensive Art History Library and local History Research Library.
* Handicapped accessibility.
* Art classes for adults and children.
* Narrated tours of the museum.
* Copies of historical photographs and information on museum collections.
* Space for public meetings and private events.
* Poetry and book readings, music performances and other cultural events.
* Travelling exhibitions from various sources including MAGDA and the Smithsonian Institution.
The Center houses a MonDak pioneer town exhibit in its lower level with a street scene depicting an early MonDak region pioneer town. Upstairs are two art galleries, two libraries, and a gift shop featuring the work of regional artists, area authors and other unique gift items. Proceeds benefit the Center, which is operated by the MonDak Historical & Art Society, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, membership-based organization.