The Ursuline Center
2300 Central Avenue, Great Falls, Montana
The Ursuline Academy opened in 1912 as a school for grades kindergarten through high school, including a boarding school for girls. The Collegiate Gothic building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1991. Today, the Centre is owned by the Ursuline Centre Historical Foundation, and offers a preschool, a conference and retreat ministry and a museum.
The Retreat and Conference Centre is a gathering place for thousands of people from numerous religious, civic, and non-profit organizations, including Special Olympics, Montana Association of Churches, the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings and Road Scholar. Our guests enjoy our superior food service and the unique ambiance of our historical building.
About Great Falls
Great Falls – a community with grand traditions, rich history and superb recreational and cultural amenities for the entire family. When you visit, take a moment and remember to reflect on the fact that you're walking in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark, the Blackfeet Indians, the buffalo and the grizzly bear.
There is plenty to keep you and your family busy during your stay. Great Falls’ boasts over 57 parks and 40 miles of River’s Edge Trail along the scenic Missouri River. The City’s premier park, "Gibson Park" features live music during summer months, a walking path, a playground, as well as a duck pond. The community’s skate park and dog park are popular attractions and with four golf courses (two public and two private) – even the golf fanatics in the family will have plenty to do!
Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the opportunities that are waiting here in Great Falls. From hiking, mountain biking, running, kayaking to snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing – the outdoor adventures are endless. Baseball fans can enjoy a game at Centene Stadium where the Great Falls Voyagers play as part of the Pioneer League.
Great Falls offers arts, cultural and live entertainment. Peruse some of our country’s finest contemporary and western art at the Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art and the C.M. Russell Museum. The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park offer opportunities to explore Montana’s rich heritage and history. The Children’s’ Museum offers educational and interactive opportunities for children of all ages. The Mansfield Center for Performing Arts has a full calendar of performances to enjoy during your visit.
Our community is home to a number of exciting events throughout the year including the Montana State Fair, Western Art Week, Ice Breaker Road Race, a Farmers Market and the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit Finals. During the summer months, when the temperatures start rising visitors and residents alike cool off at the Electric City Water Park where adventure and fun await on the Flow Rider, Lazy River, Mitchell Pool and the Little Squirts Soak Zone.
Great Falls is home to hundreds of local restaurants. There is something to satisfy every taste and craving, and visitors will find a wide variety of eateries throughout Great Falls. Those looking to find the perfect gift or treasure will be in luck while they are here, shopping opportunities abound from the Holiday Village Mall to unique boutiques in historic downtown.
Great Falls has been described as the perfect blend of big city excitement and small town charm. It’s been said that Montanans are a little friendlier than most and here in Great Falls we won’t disappoint you. We welcome you with genuine Montanan hospitality and hope you enjoy your visit.