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Museums IN MONTANA

Donnie Sexton

EXPLORE THE ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE
OF THE WEST AT MONTANA'S BEST MUSEUMS

Montana's cultural landscape is on par with its natural one. Between the state's two national parks, discover some of the West's most captivating museums. Western Montana's Glacier Country and Yellowstone Country Montana are teeming with arts and history hot spots-from the fastest-growing contemporary art museum in the intermountain West and one of the world's largest and most famous collections of dinosaur fossils, to museums housing unique treasures like a 7.5-foot sturgeon and one of the world's first personal computers.

We've curated park-to-park tours of Montana's many impressive and important museums, offering a cultural experience that history buffs, art aficionados, and anyone in between will treasure. View the work of renowned Montana artists, and some of the most fascinating exhibits of historical artifacts providing glimpses into the Old West, railroad days, pioneer settlements, American Indian heritage, and our national parks-to name a handful.

Between stops, enjoy the charming small towns that make up the heart and soul of the region, featuring warm western welcomes, historic downtowns, local shops and art galleries, theater and live music, exceptionally good food and 40+ breweries and distilleries throughout the region.

Glacier Country and Yellowstone Country
  • Western Montana's Glacier Country
  • Yellowstone Country Montana
  • Bigfork Art & Cultural Center

    Bigfork 525 Electric Ave.
    406.837.6927
    Website

  • Bonner Milltown History Center
    and Museum

    Missoula 9397 State Highway 200
    406.258.6335; 406.258.6134
    Website

  • City of Troy Museum
    AND Visitor Center

    Troy 629 E. Missoula Ave.
    406.295.4540
    Website

  • Conrad Mansion Museum

    Kalispell 330 Woodland Ave.
    406.755.2166
    Website

  • Council Grove State Park

    Missoula 11249 Mullan Road
    406.542.5500
    Website

  • Daly Mansion and Margaret Daly Memorial Arboretum

    Hamilton 251 Eastside Highway
    406.363.6004
    Website

  • Darby Historic Ranger Station

    Darby 712 N. Main St.
    406.821.3913
    Website

  • Darby Pioneer Memorial Museum

    Darby 101 E. Tanner Ave.
    406.821.3753
    Website

  • Diamond R. Brown Cowboy Museum

    Browning 215 First Ave. SE
    406.338.7413

  • Fort Owen State Park

    Stevensville 99 Fort Owen Ranch Road
    406.273.4253
    Website

  • Garden of the Rockies Museum

    Ronan 518 Round Butte Road
    406.676.5210

  • Garnet Ghost Town

    Greenough From State Highway 200, about 30 miles east of Missoula, turn south between mile markers 22 and 23.
    406.329.3914
    Website

  • 1903 Shortline Executive Rail Car

    West Yellowstone 315 Yellowstone Ave.
    406.646.7365
    Website

  • American Computer & Robotics Museum

    Bozeman 2023 Stadium Drive, Suite 1A
    406.582.1288
    Website

  • Carbon County Historical Society and Museum

    Red Lodge 224 N. Broadway
    406.446.3667
    Website

  • Clarks Fork Valley Museum

    Fromberg 101 E. River Road
    406.668.7650
    Website

  • Cooke City Montana Museum

    Cooke City 206 W. Main St.
    406.838.2203
    Website

  • Crazy Mountain Museum

    Big Timber 2 S. Frontage Road
    406.932.5126
    Website

  • Earthquake Lake

    Cameron 317 U.S. Highway 287
    406.682.7620
    Website

  • Fort Parker

    Livingston Mission, Meredith Ranch Road

    Website

Plan your trip

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Before you set out on your Montana museum tour, be sure to map out your trip and plan ahead. Some museums in the region are open seasonally and have limited hours, and a few are only open by appointment. Plan your time by getting a feel in advance for how long a self-guided or guided tour of each museum might be, and research ahead for fees—some museums offer free admission, others charge a fee, while others encourage a donation.

Check each region for more information:

Another great resource for history tour planning, the Montana Historical Society documents all the buildings in Montana that have been placed on the National Register of Historic places.

LODGING + DINING

Lodging is part of the adventure, and Montana's western hospitality is second to none. From authentic guest ranches and mountain resorts to quaint bed-and-breakfasts and historic downtown hotels, there’s a stay that sums up your idyllic Montana getaway.

For more on lodging, visit glaciermt.com/stay and visityellowstonecountry.com/places-to-stay.

Montana is well-versed in the art of food and drink. Our top-notch culinary scene is on display throughout the region, where local chefs dish up creative genius no matter your taste. Our drinks are spot on, too, with breweries, distilleries, wineries and cideries crafting up works of fine art. You'll also find a number of historic, western bars in the region, brimming with authentic Montana character.

For more on where to dine and drink, visit glaciermt.com/eat and visityellowstonecountry.com/food-and-drink.

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