The WaterWorks Art Museum (WAM), formerly the Custer County Art & Heritage Center (CCAHC), houses the WaterWorks Gallery and has been in operation since 1977. Located in a park overlooking the Yellowstone River, the Museum is housed in the concrete basins of the 1910 WaterWorks that produced Miles City’s drinking water for over sixty years. Guided by a philosophy of public service in the arts, the Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places, earned a Montana Governor’s Preservation Award for the most adaptive reuse of a historic structure and the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts. Located in the heart of Big Sky country, our service area of southeastern Montana is larger than many states.
From the inside, circa 1910 concrete vaults of the WaterWorks Art Museum create the look of a contemporary, urban exhibition space. Located in the southeast corner of Montana, Miles City, with a population of under 10,000 citizens, is anything but urban.
Since opening in 1977, 13,000 square feet of space has been renovated for exhibitions and education programs.
As a cultural leader in southeastern Montana, the Museum is a nonprofit organization guided by a philosophy of public service. Our mission is to provide, free of charge, high quality, interpretative exhibits in the visual arts and humanities; educational opportunities and informational services for the general public, schools and civic groups; and proper management of and accessibility to exhibited visual artworks, including the Museum’s permanent collection, held in public trust.
LOCATION & DIRECTIONS
Take I-94 exit #135, or exit downtown Miles City on Main Street heading West, to the 2 mile marker and turn North on Waterplant Road for 1/3 mile, the Museum sits at the end of the road. WaterWorks Art Museum is located in a city public park just North of the train tracks.