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Museums IN MONTANA

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 Museum of Mountain Flying

    Missoula East end of Missoula Airport
    406.721.3644
    Website

  • 2 Museum of the Plains Indian

    Browning 19 Museum Loop
    406.338.2230
    Website

  • 3 National Bison Range

    Moiese 58355 Bison Range Road
    406.644.2211
    Website

  • 4 National Museum of Forest Service History

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

  • 5 Ninemile Remount Depot and Historic Ranger Station

    Huson 20325 Remount Road
    406.626.5201
    Website

  • 6 Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

    Charlo 69316 U.S. Highway 93
    406.644.3435
    Website

  • 7 Northwest Montana History Museum

    Kalispell 124 Second Ave. E.
    406.756.8381
    Website

  • 8 Old Jail Museum

    Thompson Falls 109 S. Madison St.
    406.883.3049
    Website

  • 1 Smith Mine Historic District

    Belfry 2 miles west of Bearcreek on State Highway 308

    Website

  • 2 The Grand Hotel & Restaurant

    Big Timber 139 McLeod St.
    406.932.4459
    Website

  • 3 Tippet Rise Art Center

    Fishtail 96 S. Grove Creek Road
    406.328.7820
    Website

  • 4 Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County

    Livingston 118 W. Chinook
    406.222.4184
    Website

  • 5 Yellowstone Heritage and Research Center

    Gardiner 20 Old Yellowstone Trail
    307.344.2662
    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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