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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
  • Mineral County Museum

    Superior 301 Second Ave. E.
    406.822.3543

  • Miracle of America Museum

    Polson 36094 Memory Lane
    406.883.6804
    Website

  • Missoula Art Museum

    Missoula 335 N. Pattee
    406.728.0447
    Website

  • Missoula Insectarium

    Missoula Coming soon to the Missoula Fairgrounds
    406.317.1211
    Website

  • Missoula Smokejumper Visitor Center

    Missoula 5765 W. Broadway St.
    406.329.4934
    Website

  • Montana Museum of Art & Culture

    Missoula PAR-TV Building, University of Montana
    406.243.2019
    Website

  • Montana Museum of Work History

    Missoula 7655 Highway 10 W.
    406.728.7020
    Website

  • Montana Natural History Center

    Missoula 120 Hickory St., Suite A
    406.327.0405
    Website

  • Museum of Mountain Flying

    Missoula East end of Missoula Airport
    406.721.3644
    Website

  • Museum of the Plains Indian

    Browning 19 Museum Loop
    406.338.2230
    Website

  • National Bison Range

    Moiese 58355 Bison Range Road
    406.644.2211
    Website

  • National Museum of Forest Service History

    Missoula 6305 U.S. Highway 10 W.
    406.541.6374
    Website

  • Jardine Ghost Town

    Jardine

    Website

  • Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden

    Big Timber 2 S. Frontage Road
    406.932.5126
    Website

  • Little Bear School House Museum

    Gallatin Gateway 76200 Gallatin Road
    406.580.6228
    Website

  • Living History Farm at Museum of the Rockies

    Bozeman 600 W. Kagy Blvd.
    406.994.2251
    Website

  • Livingston Depot Center

    Livingston 200 W. Park St.
    406.222.2300
    Website

  • Madison Buffalo Jump State Park

    Three Forks 6990 Buffalo Jump Road
    406.285.3610
    Website

  • Missouri Headwaters State Park

    Three Forks 1585 Trident Road
    406.285.3610
    Website

  • 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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