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Address: 914 Division Street, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: 14062565100
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Tue - Sun 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We invite you to visit this beautiful historic home in the heart of...

We invite you to visit this beautiful historic home in the heart of Billings, Montana. Our summer hours end on Labor Day and are 10am to 3pm. Regular (winter) hours are 1pm to 3pm. We are closed Mondays.

In 1903, entrepreneur Preston Boyd Moss (better known as "P.B.") built the Moss Mansion, greatly influencing the culture of Billings, Montana. Designed by New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels, the mansion showcases inspired architecture, unrivaled craftsmanship and exquisite decor.

The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has graced the silver screen on several occasions as the perfect site for period films such as Son of the Morning Star and Return to Lonesome Dove. Although the youngest daughter, Melville Moss, resided in the home until the mid-80's, the house and its original fixtures remain intact. Modern day visitors marvel at the home's amenities which include a call button system for the servants, among other impressive feats of technology for the period. The home not only records the activities of early Billings development but also interprets the inner workings of the family through letters shared among its members.

Today the mission of the Billings Preservation Society (the operating entity), symbolized by the Moss Mansion, is to inspire, to educate and to facilitate historic and cultural preservation activities for the community and for its future generations. The Moss Mansion welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy a guided or group tour, explore the gardens and gift shop and experience a variety of signature community events. Many volunteers and a small staff are responsible for daily operations of the Moss Mansion.

The museum and gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday - summer hours include daily guided tours that start on the hour from 10am to 3pm, regular hours (Sept through May) 1pm to 3pm. The beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens are free to the public and are also open year-round.

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A Fun Tour

Moss Mansion is a fun place to take the family and find out about Billings' history. The volunteer tour guides are very knowledgeable and are filled with fun facts. The mansion... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Billings, Montana
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Moss Mansion is a fun place to take the family and find out about Billings' history. The volunteer tour guides are very knowledgeable and are filled with fun facts. The mansion is incredible. The craftsmanship is outstanding and the mansion's history is interesting.

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind review! The Mansion is an interesting and engaging place to work, and we are happy when that translates to our guests. We are glad you enjoyed your visit! More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Moss Mansion is an exceptional historic home well worth touring when visiting Billings. Unlike many historical homes, the Moss Mansion continued to be occupied by the family until it was taken over by the Billings Preservation Society. As a result, all of the original light fixtures, carpets, wall coverings and most of the original furniture are still in place... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

This review is quite possibly the most complete we've ever received on Trip Advisor. You, mrldctguy, pay us a huge compliment by giving such a complete overview - it is obvious to us that you were engaged and interested through your entire visit to the museum. Thank you for taking the time to so eloquently share your experience! More 

Billings, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great visit with exceptional staff willing to assist. The staff was helpful and knowledgeable making the experience memorable.

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Thank Jack T
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks Jack T! We do love to share this historic home, and our staff and volunteers are always glad to hear that guests enjoy their visit. We are done with our annual cleaning now - so our tours are back to sparkling again! More 

Stanley, ND
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a knowledgeable young guide who had a sense of humor. We enjoyed our tour, but then, we like this kind of thing!

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you for taking a moment to share about your tour at the Moss Mansion. Your kind review is shared with staff and volunteers - they love to know how they are doing! An excellent rating from folks who 'like this kind of thing' means a lot to the folks around here to like it too. Thanks - and come... More 

Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

If you haven't been to the Moss recently, you need to check it out. This is a cool place with a great piece of our history. Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to keep and maintain the Moss. I love this place.

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Wow! What a great review - thank you. It is very affirming to everyone, from cleaning to directing, to hear that our guests like what they find when they visit the Moss Mansion. It is an enjoyable task - keeping up with the Moss Mansion - for volunteers, staff, donors, vendors and others because you can't work here without letting... More 

Sheridan, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

A fantastic look into eclectic furnishings and period decor from many different eras and styles. This is a fun stop.

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Thank Paintyhands
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

We're so glad you could stop and visit us at the Moss Mansion! Your kind review helps us stay on course and continue to provide each guest with a memorable time. Thank You! More 

Billings
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The tour we took we thoroughly enjoyed every minute and all 4 levels. This was a very classy quite old and well kept mansion and a must see visit/see for all especially the Senior Citizens.

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Thank ronmL7713GJ
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

What wonderful things to say! We are so happy you enjoyed your visit to the Moss Mansion. Our small staff, under the careful guidance of a great board of directors, loves to care for the beautiful building and provide opportunities for volunteers and students to explore the house and the history. It is encouraging to know that this translates into... More 

Fort Peck, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The staff at the Moss Mansion have done a great job of keeping this historical mansion in amazing great shape. It is a great location for a wedding, special event, fundraiser. The staff is very good to work with.

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Thank Mtcwboy
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

What a nice compliment! The mansion really does speak for itself - we feel it deserves to be shared and cared for the best we know how. It takes everyone - board, staff, volunteers, and gentle guests - to keep the Moss Mansion in great condition. She's built to be enjoyed! More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Last minute trip to Billings I decided to see the place. Wow pretty amazing history and built way ahead of its time. You get a look into how the rick and famous were back in the day plus see advancements they made over the years. I wish we could see the attic level but plenty to absorb in each of... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

We are glad you decided to stop in and visit the Moss Mansion! Knowing about your visit helps us make good decisions about future exhibits, and how to be responsive to each guest's particular interests while they are in the home. While the house in many ways speaks for itself, there is a very rich background to the architecture and... More 

Emigrant, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Our docent was great. The information and relics were very interesting, and of course the history that was shared was very interesting. We had a wonderful time.

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Thank Kathy C
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

What a nice review! Thanks for taking the time to share with others about your recent visit to the Moss Mansion. Our docents appreciate hearing that they have accomplished their goals (and the Moss Mansion Museum mission) - to inspire, to educate and to facilitate historic and cultural preservation activities for our community and for its future generations. Thank you... More 

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