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Historical Museum Guide for Montana

A directory of Historical Museums in Montana, categorized by county.

Taking a trip to Montana?  A visit to these Montana history museums and historical sites will allow you to soak up some local history and culture while you are there.  Visit a historical museum and gain insight into the history of your Montana ancestors and the way they lived.

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Fort Yellowstone Mammoth Hot Springs Historic District

Historic Fort Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park

[Photo Gallery]  [History]

Beaverhead County Museums

Beaverhead County Museum

Housed inside a log building complex, the museum is devoted to the preservation and display of the local history of Beaverhead County, Montana.  Featuring an authentic homesteader cabin, mining equipment, a one room schoolhouse, and historical artifacts of local historic interest, the museum is located at 15 S. Montana Street in Dillon, MT.


Big Horn County Museums

BHC Museum

The Big Horn County Museum is an historic complex of buildings featuring historical artifacts, and exhibits related to the history of the county.  The complex becomes a living history museum during special events and buildings include a 1906 railroad depot, a 1930s gas station, a stage coach station, and others.  Located on Third Street in Hardin, MT.

Chief Plenty Coups Museum State Park

[Chief Plenty Coups State Park Site]

The site offers an electronic field trip which explores the life of Chief Plenty Coups, great leader of the Crow Indian tribe who left his home as a museum.  Located at 1 Edgar / Pryor Road in Pryor, MT.

Custer Battlefield Museum


Located on the site of "The Battle of the LIttle Bighorn", the museum featuring exhibits of Indian and Cavalry artifacts related to the Battle of Little Bighorn, Plains Indian culture and frontier life is located in Garryowen, Montana.  Visitors to the site will be able to view the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and Peace Monument.

Jailhouse Gallery

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The Jailhouse Gallery has been operated by the Big Horn Arts and Crafts Association since 1978 and features local arts and crafts.  They hold an annual quilt fair in September.  The local arts are sold in the Keyhole Gift Shop.  Located at 310 North Center in Hardin, MT.


Blaine County Museums Blaine County  Museum

The museum features exhibits related to the history of Blaine County, Montana from prehistoric times through pioneer settlement and homesteading.  Located at 501 Indiana Street in Chinook, MT.


Broadwater County Museums Broadwater County  Museum

The Broadwater County Museum is operated by the Broadwater County Historical Society and features exhibits related to the culture and history of Broadwater County, Montana.  Located at 133 N Walnut Street in Townsend, MT.

Historic Canton Church

Built in the 1870s, it was the area's first Catholic Church.  Tours are offered.  Located at 3497 Montana Highway 284 in Townsend, MT.


Carbon County Museums Carbon County Historical Society Museum

Housed inside what was originally a Labor Temple, the museum building was built in 1909.  Serving as the headquarters for the local miners union, the four story building contains over 20,000 square feet.  Used for several different community organizations over the years, the building was donated to the Carbon County Historical Society in 1990.  The main floor and basement have bene restored and opened as the county museum.  The museum features the Greenough and Linderman rodeo collections, the Waples family gun & projectile point collection, a coal and hard rock mining exhibit and other historical artifacts related to the history of Carbon County, MT.  Researchers will find a staffed archives inside the museum building.  Located at 224 N. Broadway in Red Lodge, MT.


Carter County Museums Carter County Museum

The Carter County Museum is focused on the history and culture of Carter County, Montana.  The museum features exhibits of local history, including dinosaurs, fossils, geology, Native American and the pioneer settlers who settled here.  Located at 306 N Main Street in Ekalaka, MT.


Cascade County Museums

The C. M. Russell Museum

The museum features the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world.  The museum of American Western art includes over 12,000 objects including the works of O. C. Seltzer, Winold Reiss, J. H. Sharp, E. E. Heikka, E. I. couse, Olaf Wiehorst, Henry Farny and Frank Tenney Johnson.  Collections of Browning Firearms and other historical artifacts are on display as well.  Located at 400 13th Street N in Great Falls, MT.

The History Museum

The History Museum is housed inside the 1929 International Harvester building and is operated by the Cascade County Historical Society.  Over 10,000 historical artifacts are on display in the museum along with an archive of historic documents and photographs related to the history of Central Montana.  Located at 422 2nd Street South in Great Falls, MT.

Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center

The Visitors Center focuses on the history of the Lewis and Clark Expedition as they explored the great falls of the Missouri River.  Located at 4201 Giant Springs Road in Great Falls, MT.

Malmstrom AFB Museum

The history of the Malmstrom Air Force Base is explored and includes a display of historic military aircraft.  Located at 341 Missile Wing / MU at 21 77th Street North, Suite 144 on Malmstrom AFB in Montana.

Mehmke Steam Tractor Museum

Features exhibits of antique steam tractors and farming implements and equipment.  Located at 8244 US-89 in Great Falls, MT.

Ursuline Center

Tours of the Ursuline Centre are available by appointment.  The Heritage Museum features exhibits of Native American artifacts, antique furnishings, and other historic artifacts related to the history of the Ursuline Sisters, their lives and how they helped shape the history of Montana.  Located at 2300 Central Avenue in Great Falls, MT.


Chouteau County Museums

Fort Benton Museums


The 1850s reconstructed fur trading post features the Starr Gallery of Western Art, the Museum of the Northern Great Plains and the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center.  Located at Old Fort Park in Fort Benton, MT.


Custer County Museums

Custer County Art & Heritage Center

Housed in the 1910 WaterWorks basins where Miles City's drinking water was once produced, the Custer County Art & Heritage Center is a non profit center with exhibits, workshops, classes and humanities programs as a public service in the interest of arts and culture.  Located at 85 Waterplant Road in Miles City, MT.

Range Riders Museum

The museum complex features 13 acres of historic buildings with exhibits of dinosaurs, Native American history and the soldiers and pioneers who settled here.  Located at 435 L. P. Anderson Road in Miles City, MT.


Daniels County Museums

Daniels County Museum and Pioneer Town

[History]  [Photo Gallery]

Over 35 historical buildings situated on 20 acres, make up the pioneer town of the early 1900s.  Devoted to the history of Daniels County, the museum features historical artifacts, antique cars, farm machinery, and an archives.  Located at 7 W. County Road in Scobey, MT.


Dawson County Museums Frontier Gateway Museum

The museum features exhibits of dinosaurs, fossils, buffalo, Indians, homesteaders, cattlemen, early settlers and items from the past of Dawson County.  The complex features a log cabin, a restored country school, a blacksmith shop and other historical buildings.  Located at 201 State Street in Glendive, MT.

Glendive Dinosaur & Fossil Museum

The museum features exhibits of dinosaurs and fossils,, paleontological, geological and archaeological discoveries.  The museum features a creationist view of dinosaurs and fossils.  Located at 139 State Street in Glendive, MT.

Makoshika State Park

Visitors to the park will find badland formations and fossil remains of dinosaurs including Tyrannosaurus Rex, Triceratops and more.  The Visitor Center features interpretive exhibits.  Located at 1301 Snyder Avenue in Glendive, MT.

Richey Historical Museum

Richey Historical Museum on Facebook

The museum complex features 6 buildings including the main museum, the 1914 Lisk Creek School, a homestead shack, the 1916 Old Richey Jail, the old First National Bank building and another small building with displays of a butcher shop and general store.  Over 7000 historical items related to the past of Richey and local area are on display.  Located at 122 South Main Street in Richey, MT.


Deer Lodge County Museums Copper Village Museum and Arts Center

The complex features a historical museum, archives and art center.  Housed inside the former 1896 Anaconda City Hall located at 401 E. Commercial in Anaconda, MT.


Fallon County Museums O'Fallon Historical Museum

The O'Fallon Historical Museum features the history of Southeastern Montana and the Baker, Montana area.  Exhibits include a tar paper homestead house, the Duffield homestead house and the Lambert house.  All of the houses contains household items used in every day life in the early 1900s.  Other buildings at the site, include the original Fallon County Jail, a barber shop, dress shop, trading post along with many historical artifacts from the past.  Located at 723 S. Main Street in Baker, MT.


Fergus County Museums

Central Montana Museum


Operated by the Central Montana Historical Association, the museum strives to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts and items related to the cultural aspects of Central Montana, beginning with the first inhabitants of the area.  Located at 408 Northeast Main Street in Lewistown, MT.

Winifred Museum

The museum features collections related to the history of Winifred, Montana.  The museum features the largest collection of Tonka Toys in the world.  Located inside the Winifred Community Center in Winifred, MT.


Flathead County Museums

Conrad Mansion Museum

Completed in 1895, the mansion features 26 rooms in over 13,000 square feet.  The mansion has been restored and holds original furnishings.  Open seasonally for guided tours.  Located on Woodland Avenue between 3rd and 4th streets in the East Side Historic District of Kalispell, MT.

Glacier National Park

[History & Culture]  [Virtual Museum Exhibit]  [Park Map]

The museum inside the Glacier National Park features historical objects and items related to the history of the area including specimens from the original Lake McDonald Lodge.  Glacier National Park is located in the northwest corner of Montana along the spine of the Rocky Mountains. 

Hockaday Museum of Art

Focused on the art and culture of Montana and Glacier National Park.  Located at 302 Second Avenue East in Kalispell, MT.

Museum at Central School

The Northwest Montana Historical Society operates the museum which is housed inside the old 1894 Central School building.  The museum offers local history of Northwest Montana through exhibits and displays including Native American culture, Montana pioneers, the timber industry, early Kalispell and early Demersville.  124 2nd Avenue East in Kalispell, MT.


Gallatin County Museums American Computer & Robotics Museum

The museum is focused on the history of computing, communications, artificial intelligence & robotics.  Located at 2023 Stadium Drive in Bozeman, MT.

Gallatin History Museum

The museum is inside the old county jail built in 1911.  Housing the Gallatin Historical Society, the museum offers exhibits depicting the history of the Gallatin Valley along with a Genealogy Library.  Located at 317 Main Street in Bozeman, MT.

Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center

The center features exhibits of live wolves and bears.  Located at 201 South Canyon in West Yellowstone, MT.

Museum of the Rockies

[Virtual Tour]

The museum features dinosaurs, fossils, Native American artifacts and area in a living history museum.  Located at 600 W Kagy Blvd. in Bozeman, MT.

Yellowstone Historic Center

The museum features exhibits that interpret the heritage of travel to Yellowstone Park.  Located at 104 Yellowstone Avenue in West Yellowstone, MT.


Garfield County Museums Garfield County Museum

Focused on the history of Garfield County, Montana, the museum features historical artifacts donated by the people of Garfield County.  Located at the corner of 7th & Columbia in Pomeroy, MT.


Glacier County Museums

Glacier County Historical Museum

The Glacier County Historical Museum features exhibits about homesteading, Lewis & Clark, and other things related to the local heritage of Glacier County.  The site features a living history replica homestead and farm.  Located at 107 Old Kevin Highway in Cut Bank, MT.

Museum of Plains Indian

The Museum of Plains Indian features the arts of the Northern Plains Tribal people including the Blackfeet, Crow, Northern Cheyenne, Sioux, Assiniboine, Arapaho, Shoshone, Nez Perce, Flathead, Chippewa and Cree.  The museum also features historic clothing, weapons, implements and other Native American artifacts.  Located at the junction of US Highways 2 and 89 West in Browning, MT.


Golden Valley County Museums Musselshell Valley Historical Museum


The museum offers a place to glimpse the past of Golden Valley County, Montana where cowboys roamed the old west.  Exhibits include a replica of a mine shaft, a country school, general store, blacksmith shop and log cabin among others.  Located at 524 First Street West in Roundup MT.


Granite County Museums

Granite County Museum

[Photo Gallery]

The Granite County Museum and Cultural Center is housed inside the former Courtney Hotel.  Exhibits of historical photos, clothing and other items are on display.  Located at 135 South Sansome Street in Philipsburg, MT.


Hill County Museums H. Earl Clack Memorial Museum


The museum features beautiful dioramas illustrating the history and development of the Central Montana area.  Daily guided tours of the archaeological site and historic Fort Assinniboine are also offered.  Located at 1753 Highway 2, Northwest #1 in Havre, MT.

The Rudyard Museum

Operated by the Rudyard Historical Society, the museum is housed inside the local railroad depot.  Historical artifacts and antiques donated by community members are on display.  Many items were used by pioneer homesteaders who arrived to the area in the early 1900s.  The society also operates a Dinosaur Museum and the Hi-Line Vintage Automobile Museum.  Located at 25 4th Avenue NW in Rudyard, MT.


Jefferson County Museums Jefferson Valley Museum

[Jefferson Valley Museum on Facebook]

The Jefferson Valley Museum is housed inside a 1914 barn and features historical artifacts related to the history of the Jefferson Valley of Montana.  Research materials and genealogy cards are available.  Located at 303 S. Division Street in Whitehall, MT.


Judith Basin County Museums Hobson Museum & Library

Housed inside the former Cook and Dunn Drugstore built in 1909, the museum features historic artifacts and items related to the history of Hobson.  Located at 210 Central Avenue in Hobson, MT.


Lake County Museums Miracle of America Museum

The museum features a large collection of thousands of artifacts related to American history.  The living history museum complex is located at 36094 Memory Lane in Polson, MT.

Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

[Artifacts]  [Photo Gallery]

The museum is devoted to the history and culture of the Flathead Indian Reservation and early Montana life.  Located at 69316 US Highway 93 in Charlo, MT.

Polson-Flathead Historical Museum

The Polson-Flathead Historical Museum is focused on the history of the pioneers and homesteaders who settled the area.  Located at 708 Main Street in Polson, MT.

St. Ignatius Mission

The beautiful Catholic Church was built in the 1890s.  Next to the Mission, visitors will find a museum and gift shop with displays of Mission and Indian artifacts along with the original log home of the Sisters when they arrived at the Mission.  Mass services are still being held in the Mission.  Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation at 300 Bear Track Avenue in St. Ignatius, MT.


Lewis & Clark County Museums

Montana Military Museum

[Exhibits]  [Virtual Tour]

Focused on the military history of Montana, the museum features exhibits of military uniforms and equipment worn and used by fighting men of Montana for more than a century.  The museum is located in the Fort Harrison complex in Fort Harrison, MT.

Montana's Museum

[Online Collections]

[Research at the Archives]

The Montana Historical Society museum is focused on the collection, preservation and interpretation of fine art, historical, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts that are related to the history of Montana and its adjoining geographic region.  Located at 225 N. Roberts in Helena, MT.

Montana State Capitol 

Constructed in 1902, the lovely capitol building, featuring many public artworks, may be toured at 1301 E. Sixth Avenue in Helena, MT.

Original Governor's Mansion

Built in 1888, the 3 story Queen Anne styled house has been restored by the Original Governor's Mansion Restoration Society and is open for tours.  The historic house is located at 304 North Ewing Street near downtown Helena, MT.


Liberty County Museums Liberty County Museum

Housed inside the former Methodist / Episcopal Church, the museum features historic artifacts, photos and other items related to the history of Liberty County, Montana.  Located at 230 2nd Street East in Chester, MT.


Lincoln County Museums

Heritage Museum


Focus is on the history of Libby, Lincoln County and surrounding region.  Located on US Highway 2 at the southern of Libby, MT.

Tobacco Valley Historical Village

The collection of 10 historic buildings and artifacts dating back to the 1880s and 1920s, tell the history of the Tobacco Valley area of Montana.  Structures include a schoolhouse, Church, library, general store, fire tower, railroad depot, caboose and several log cabins.  Located at 4 Dewey Avenue in Eureka, MT.


Madison County Museums

Madison Valley History Association Museum

Madison Valley History Association Museum on Facebook

Housed inside the former Madison Valley Clinic building, the museum features historic artifacts and items related to the local history of the Madison Valley area of Montana.  Located at 447 State Highway 287 in Ennis, MT.


McCone County Museums

McCone County Museum

The museum features an assortment of mounted birds and animals as well as over 7000 historical items related to the local history of McCone County, Montana.  An historic schoolhouse, Church and homestead house have been relocated to the museum property along with the Northern Pacific Train Depot.  Located at 1507 Avenue B in Circle, MT.


Meagher County Museums

The Bair Family Museum

The museum is located next to the Charles M. Bair family ranch home and features 4 galleries.  A Native American collection, the Charles Russell and Joseph Sharp western paintings, the Edward S. Curtis photogravures and a collection of modern European and American paintings.  Visitors to the museum may tour the Bair Home, the grounds and learn more about the Bair family.  Located at 2751 MT Highway 294 in Martinsdale, MT.

The Castle Museum

The Castle is a 19th century mansion filled with period furniture, textiles and historical artifacts.  Other items include carriages and sleds, a bank, a schoolroom, a stagecoach and fire engines.  Located at 310 2nd Avenue NE in Sulphur Springs, MT.


Mineral County Museums

Mineral County Historical Museum

The museum is focused on the collection and preservation of historical artifacts, documents and other items related to the local history of Mineral County.  Located at 301 2nd Avenue East in Superior, MT.


Missoula County Museums

The Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

[History]  [Virtual Tour]

The museum features exhibits and artifacts related to the history of Missoula and Fort Missoula.  Located at 3400 Captain Rawn Way in Missoula, MT.

Holt Heritage Museum

The museum is focused on the cowboys and Indians and the rodeos and Pow Wows in the history of Montana.  Located at 6800 Lewis & Clark Trail in Lolo, MT.

Museum of Mountain Flying

The museum is focused on the preservation of the legends, lore and historical legacy of pilots and others whose pioneering aviation exploits helped bring the Rocky Mountain West into the "air age".  Exhibits include vintage aircraft, memorabilia, artifacts, documents, photographs, diaries, motion picture footage, and other items related to the aviation history of the Rocky Mountain West.  Located at 713 South Third Street West in Missoula, MT.

Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History

The museum is focused on the vast military heritage of the Rocky Mountain area of Montana from 1877 with the inception of Fort Missoula to present time.  Located in Building 30 on Fort Missoula Road in Missoula, MT.


Musselshell County Museums

Musselshell Valley Historical Museum


Take a step back into the days of the old west when there were cowboys and cattle drives.  Featuring over 7000 square feet of exhibits and artifacts, visitors can tour an original log cabin, a one room country school, a general store and more.  The latest exhibit is the Aviation Exhibit complete with a 1932 Pietenpol airplane.  Located at 524 First Street West in Roundup, MT.


Park County Museums

Livingston Depot Center

[Exhibits]  [History]

Built in 1902, the historic Livingston Railroad Depot provided rail access to Yellowstone National Park via the Northern Pacific Railroad.  Today, the depot has been restored and serves a historical museum operated by the Livingston Depot Foundation.  Exhibits are focused on the history of the Livingston area of Montana.  Located on Park Street in downtown Livingston, MT.

Yellowstone Gateway Museum

The museum features exhibits about native cultures, early exploration, Lewis and Clark, the railway's role in bringing visitors to Yellowstone National Park and artifacts related to the rich heritage of Yellowstone and Park County.  Located at 118 W. Chinook Street in Livingston, MT.


Phillips County Museums

Great Plains Dinosaur Museum & Field Station


The museum is open seasonally and features nearly complete dinosaurs, fossils and paleontology digs.  Located at 405 N 1st Avenue E. in Malta, MT.

Phillips County Museum

Focused on the historical, natural, and cultural heritage of Phillips County, the Phillips County Museum offers fascinating exhibits on dinosaurs, outlaws, homesteaders, cowboys and Indians. Next door to the Museum you can visit the beautifully restored H. G. Robinson House and Gardens, a historic kit house built in 1903.  Located at 431 US Hwy 2 E. in Malta, MT.


Pondera County Museums

Conrad's Transportation and Historical Museum

Housed in a former 1906 brickyard building which has been restored, the museum features displays of historical transportation such as a 1904 horseless carriage, and vintage automobiles along with displays of pioneer artifacts, blacksmith items a drug store with soda fountain and other historical articles related to the history of Pondera County.  Located at 402 S. Virginia in Conrad, MT.


Powder River County Museums

Powder River Historical Museum on Facebook

The museum features historical items related to the local history of Powder River County and includes Mac's Museum.  Open seasonally.  Located at 103 W Wilson Street in Broadus, MT.


Powell County Museums

Frontier Museum

The Frontier Museum is housed inside the Old Montana Prison Mule Barn and features the largest collection of handguns, spurs, chaps and other cowboy collectibles between Cody and Calgary.  The Old Desert John's Saloon offers the most complete whiskey memorabilia collection in the US.  Many historic items are on display which were used by the American cowboy, rancher, frontiersman and women during the period 1829-1900 as they settled the American West.  Located at 1107 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT.

Grant-Kohrs National Historic Site

A visitors center offers guided tours.  Original buildings at the site are the historic 1862 ranch house, bunkhouse, blacksmith shop, horse barns and cattle sheds.  Visitors will experience living history and see what life was like on a Montana ranch in the mid to late 1800s.  Located off -90 between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park in Deer Lodge, MT.  See Directions.

Montana Auto Museum

The museum features over 150 vintage and antique cars on display from classic Chevys and muscle cars to a Schlacht high wheeler and a 1903 Fiord with tonneau and wicker side baskets.  Boasted as one of the top 10 car museums in the United States, the museum is located at 1106 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT.

The Old Prison Museum

The Old Montana Prison was opened in 1871 and served until the late 1970s.  Today, visitors may tour the prison and learn about the prisoners, how they spent their days and how the prison was built by prisoners as well.  Located at 1104 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT.

Powell County Museum

The Powell County Museum features displays of historic artifacts, photographs and other items related to the history of the Deer Lodge Valley of Montana.  Visitors will learn about the mining history of the area as well.  Located at 1101 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT.

Yesterday's Playthings

The museum hosts a collection of toys and playthings of the past.  Located at 1017 Main Street in Deer Lodge, MT.


Prairie County Museums

Prairie County Museum

The Prairie County Museum features artifacts and exhibits related to the history of Prairie County, Montana.  The museum is housed inside the historical 1915 bank building at 101 Logan Avenue in Terry, MT.


Cameron Gallery

The Cameron Gallery holds the pictorial works of Lady Evelyn Cameron (early homesteader of Prairie County).  The Englishwoman is known for the many photographs she took of everyday life on the prairies of Montana.  Located next door to the Prairie County Museum at 103 Logan Avenue in Terry, MT.


Ravalli County Museums Daly Mansion

The 19th Century mansion is the historic home of industrialist Marcus Daly.  Exhibits are focused on the history of Daly and his rise from working-class immigrant to copper magnate.  Local and regional history exhibits are on display as well.  Includes the Margaret Daly arboretum and botanical garden.  Located at 251 Eastside Highway in Hamilton, MT.

Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum

Housed inside one of the first hand-hewn homestead cabins built in the area by early settler Evelin Matteson in 1886, the museum has been moved to it's present location.  The museum features historic artifacts, photographs and other items related to the history of the local area.  Located at 101 E. Tanner Avenue in Darby, MT.

Darby Ranger Station Visitor's Center and Museum

The Darby Ranger Station was built between 1937 and 1939 by the Civilian Conservation Corps.  Artifacts, maps and photos tell the story of the rugged people who staffed this isolated ranger station.  The Visitor Center is a working museum that interprets the history of the Forest Service and its evolving mission.  Located at 712 North Main in Darby, MT.

Fort Owen State Park

Fort Owen is the site of Montana's first permanent white settlement.  Located at the site was the first Catholic Church, first sawmill, first grist mill, first school and more.  The fort was established in 1850 by Major John Owen.  Today, the east barracks have been restored and feature period furnishings.  Located at 100 Stevensville Cutoff Road E. in Stevensville, MT.

Ravalli County Museum

Housed inside the 1900 Ravalli County Courthouse, which served the county until 1979, the museum features a fine collection of Native American artifacts, the Rocky Mountain Laboratory exhibit, historical artifacts, early household items, antiques and memorabilia related to the history of Ravalli County, Montana.  Located at 205 Bedford Street in Hamilton, MT.

St. Mary's Mission

[Photo Tour]  [Map]

St. Mary's Mission is a complex founded in 1841 by Jesuit priests.  The mission was the beginning of the town of Stevensville and the State of Montana.  The Mission complex is open for tours seasonally.  Visitors will learn about the earliest beginnings of the state of Montana.  Located at 315 Charlos Street in Stevensville, MT.


Richland County Museums Mondak Heritage Center

The MonDak Heritage Center Museum & Art Gallery has two art galleries used for local and traveling art shows. Visitors can experience frontier life by walking down main street Sidney as it was at the turn of the century in the historical exhibits. The MonDak is located at 120 3rd Ave SE in Sidney, MT.


Roosevelt County Museums Culbertson Museum

The Culbertson Museum features historical artifacts, photographs and other items related to the local history of Culbertson, Montana.  Located at 5860 Road 1021 in Culbertson, MT.

Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame

Focus is on the preservation of the history of the Montana Cowboy, western heritage and Indian culture.  Located at 248 Third Avenue South in Wolf Point, MT.


Rosebud County Museums Rosebud County Pioneer Museum

The Pioneer Museum features thousands of photographs depicting pioneer life in the Rosebud County area of Montana along with displays of everyday item from the 20th century such as clothing, barbed wire and farm implements.  Located at 1335 Main Street in Forsyth, MT.

Schoolhouse History & Art Center

[History]  [Exhibits]

The center is housed inside he 1924 Schoolhouse and today serves as a museum and center for the arts.  Focus is on the promotion and encouragement of cultural events, arts, education and to preserve the culture and history of Colstrip, Montana and the surrounding area.  Located at 400 Woodrose in Colstrip, MT.


Sanders County Museums The Larue - Hot Springs Museum

The Larue - Hot Springs Museum is focused on the collection, preservation and display of artifacts and items from the Bitterroot Valley to the Camas Prairie and beyond.  Exhibits include homesteading, the Flathead Reservation and ranching.  Located at 110 Hot Springs Road in Hot Springs, MT.

The Old Jail Museum

The museum is housed in the original county jail, sheriff's office and sheriff's residence.  Exhibits honor the pioneers who explored, mapped, settled and farmed this area of Montana.  Located at 109 South Madison Street in Thompson Falls, MT.


Sheridan County Museums Sheridan County Free Museum

The Sheridan County Free museum is dedicated to the preservation of the pioneer heritage of Sheridan County along with the display of works by local artists.  Located at 4262 Highway 16 South in Plentywood, MT.


Silver Bow County Museums

Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives

The Butte Archives is housed in the old Quartz Street Fire Station erected in 1900.  The archives holds historical documents, photos and research materials for the genealogist or history buff.  Located at 17 West Quartz Street in Butte, MT.

Clark Chateau


The Clark mansion was built in 1898 by copper magnate, William A. Clark.  Operated as a museum today with exhibits related to the diverse history of Butte, Montana.  The historic Clark Chateau is located at 3221 W. Broadway in Butte, MT.

Copper King Mansion

[The Mansion]  [Bed and Breakfast]

The 1888 Copper King Mansion was built by William Andrews Clark who amassed a fortune in the Copper mining business.  Furnishings in the historic house are extravagant and the home has been beautifully restored.  Open seasonally for tours.  Located at 219 West Granite in Butte, MT.

Mai Wah Museum

Relating the story of the Butte Chinese Experience.  Thousands of Asians came to Montana between 1860 and 1940.  The society is working to restore the Wah Chong Tai and Mai Wah buildings which are the only historical buildings remaining from one of the largest Chinatowns in America.  17 W. Mercury Street, Butte, MT.

MBMG Mineral Museum

The Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology is the principal source of earth science information for Montana.  Their museum features displays of the finest examples of rock and mineral occurrences from Montana, the world and even outer space.  Located at 1300 W. Park Street in Butte, MT.

Piccadilly Transportation Museum

The museum offers a collection of memorabilia representing the golden age of motoring.  Located at 20 West Broadway in Butte, MT.

The World Museum of Mining

The World Museum of Mining is focused on the history of Butte, Montana and her mining and cultural heritage.  The tour takes visitors underground where they will see the mining equipment, touch the rock and hear the stories of the miners who worked  the Orphan Girl Mine.  Located on an actual mine yard of the Orphan Girl Mine at 155 Museum Way in Butte, MT.


Stillwater County Museums

Museum of the Beartooths

Operated by the Stillwater Historical Society, the museum brings the past alive through documents, artifacts and photographs.  Located at 440 E. 5th Avenue North in Columbus, MT.


Sweet Grass County Museums Crazy Mountain Museum

The museum features displays of historical artifacts, historic documents, photographs and a research area for those seeking history and ancestors.  Located south of Big Timber on Cemetery Road.


Teton County Museums Old Trail Museum

The museum is focused on the preservation, research and interpretation to the public about the history of the Rocky Mountain Front region of Montana.  Exhibits features Native American artifacts, fossils, dinosaurs, grizzly bears and other items related to local history.  The museum complex includes the Grizzly Cabin, the Metis House, the Schoolhouse, and a boardwalk.  Located at 823 North Main in Choteau, MT.

Two Medicine Dinosaur Center

The site of a large paleontology dig features the world's largest scientifically accurate dinosaur reconstruction, baby dinosaur bones and hands-on dinosaur research and education programs.  Located at 120 2nd Avenue South in Bynum, MT.


Toole County Museums Marias Museum of History and Art

The museum is focused on the historic past of Toole County, Montana.  Exhibits include Indian artifacts, dinosaur bones & fossils, military items, depression glass, the railroad history, the oil industry and period rooms filled with antique furnishings.  Located at 1129 1st Street N in Shelby, MT.


Treasure County Museums

Treasure County 89ers Museum

Housed inside an old drugstore building, the museum complex features the main museum building and the Yucca theater / Manning Home across the street.  Displays feature exhibits of local history.  Located at 321 Elliot in Hysham, MT.


Valley County Museums

The Fort Peck Interpretive Center

The center fives visitors a look into the history of the local area from dinosaurs to dam building.  Located near the Fort Peck Dam on Yellowstone Road in Fort Peck, MT.

Valley County Pioneer Museum

[Exhibits]  [Research]

The museum features Indian artifacts, a Fort Peck Dam exhibit, a 1924 catalog home, and other antique items related to the rich heritage of Valley County, Montana.  The museum features an archive of genealogical materials for those interested in family history research.  Located at 816 Hwy 2 West in Glasgow, MT.


Wheatland County Museums Milwaukee Depot Museum

The Milwaukee Depot was built in 1908 as a Standard Class A Passenger Station.  Passenger service flourished until 1961.  In 1980 the depot and rail yards were abandoned.  Today, it has been restored and opened to the public as a Milwaukee and Railroad museum.  Located at 307 South Central Avenue in Harlowtown, MT.

Upper Wheatland Museum

The Upper Wheatland Museum holds a large collection of historic photographs, exhibits and documents.  Located at 11 South Central Avenue in Harlowton, MT.


Wibaux County Museums Wibaux Museum

Housed in the old 1892 office building of Pierre Wibaux, the museum collection contains many antiques and historic artifacts from the pioneer days of Wibaux.  Located at 112 E. Orgain Avenue in Wibaux, MT.


Yellowstone County Museums Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture


The museum located in Huntley, MT tells the story of homesteaders who transformed the valley from a prairie desert to lush farmlands.  The exhibits include an early homestead with barn and outbuildings and a museum center with interactive exhibits allowing the visitor to learn the history of homesteading and farm life in early Montana.  Two old homesteads are included:  The restored 1908 Dalzell cabin and the 1920 DeGraaff farmstead.  Located at 770 Railroad Highway in Huntley, MT.

Legacy Doll Musuem

The museum features a large collection of antique, collectible and modern dolls.  Located at 3206 6th Avenue North in Billings, MT.

Moss Mansion

[History & Genealogy of the Moss Family]

This historic house museum in Billings, Montana, was designed by Henry Janeway Harednbergh and built in 1903 of red sandstone.  Offered are a one hour guided tour exhibiting the early turn-of-the-century life of the Preston Boyd Moss family.

Western Heritage Center

Located in Billings, Montana, this history museum's goal is to tell the stories of the Yellowstone River Valley people.  Part of this program is the American Tribal Histories Project which focuses on preserving American Indian tribal history and culture.  Featured, are stories shared by the Crow and Northern Cheyenne American Indians.  The Western Heritage Center contains a collection of over 16,000 artifacts and over 1000 photos which depict the history of the Yellowstone River Valley residents.

Yellowstone County Museum

The Yellowstone County Museum preserves and exhibits the history of Yellowstone County, Montana and it's surrounding area.  The entrance to the museum is a historical cabin built by Paul McCormick, Sr. who was an early pioneer in the Yellowstone River region.  Holding over 23,000 artifacts, visitors to the museum will learn about the prehistoric times through the Fur Trade Era and see an expansive photograph collection along with many military artifacts.  Located at 1950 Terminal Circle in Billings, MT.



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