This Former Montana High School Is Now A Haunted Museum
Montanans are no strangers to paranormal activity. From our
haunted hotels to our creepy cemeteries, there are ghost stories here that are older than the state itself. However, most people don’t know that one of our haunted spots happens to be a popular art museum. The next time you find yourself at Paris Gibson Square in Great Falls, keep an eye out for more than just the exhibits.
Paris Gibson Square, otherwise known as The Square, is one of Great Falls' oldest and most iconic landmarks.
It was originally built in 1896 as the city's first high school, which was open until 1975.
The museum has been open since 1977, but parts of this massive building still resemble an old-fashioned school.
The venture was initiated by the Junior League of Great Falls, and it has grown substantially over the years.
Currently, Paris Gibson Square has over 800 pieces of art on display.
This includes Northwest regional contemporary art, American Indian contemporary art, and American self-taught art.
But nothing is more prominent than the 234 sculptures created from cottonwood branches and found objects by self-taught artist Lee Steen.
Steen's Tree People were so unique, they promptly gained local fame and notoriety. In 2001, The Square introduced a permanent installation of Steen's work
As with many of Montana's older buildings with so much history, Paris Gibson Square is said to be haunted.
And while it's unlikely you'll have a paranormal experience walking around the property during the day, the truth is, you never know.
Staff members who have been at work at night (as well as the occasional guest) have been reporting hearing the sounds of children playing throughout the museum, as well as hearing children singing from the former music room.
Some people even see the spirit of a young high school-aged girl. She is thought to be the ghost of the old janitor's daughter, who once lived in the southeast part of the attic with her family.
Of course, we can't say for sure if this building is haunted -- but some staff members refuse to be left alone in the building, so there must be some truth to them.
The Square is absolutely stunning, but it may hold more than just art.
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Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art, 1400 1st Ave N, Great Falls, MT 59401, USA