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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
  • 1 Hockaday Museum of Art

    Kalispell 302 Second Ave. E.
    406.755.5268
    Website

  • 2 Holt Heritage Museum

    Lolo 6800 U.S. Highway 12 W.
    406.273.6743
    Website

  • 3 Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center

    Hungry Horse Off U.S. Highway 2; follow the signs
    406.387.5241
    Website

  • 4 Larue-Hot Springs Museum

    Hot Springs 110 Hot Springs Road
    406.741.5665
    Website

  • 5 Libby Dam Visitor Center

    Libby 17877 State Highway 37
    406.293.5577
    Website

  • 6 Lolo Pass Visitor Center

    Lolo 44000 U.S. Highway 12
    208.942.3113
    Website

  • 7 Lone Pine State Park

    Kalispell 300 Lone Pine Road
    406.755.2706
    Website

  • 8 Milltown State Park

    Missoula 1353 Deer Creek Road
    406.542.5533
    Website

  • 1 Jardine Ghost Town

    Jardine

    Website

  • 2 Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden

    Big Timber 2 S. Frontage Road
    406.932.5126
    Website

  • 3 Little Bear School House Museum

    Gallatin Gateway 76200 Gallatin Road
    406.580.6228
    Website

  • 4 Living History Farm at Museum of the Rockies

    Bozeman 600 W. Kagy Blvd.
    406.994.2251
    Website

  • 5 Livingston Depot Center

    Livingston 200 W. Park St.
    406.222.2300
    Website

  • 6 Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

    Three Forks 6990 Buffalo Jump Road
    406.285.3610
    Website

  • 7 Missouri Headwaters State Park

    Three Forks 1585 Trident Road
    406.285.3610
    Website

  • 8 Montana Science Center

    Bozeman 2740 W. Main St.
    406.522.9087
    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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