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Moss Mansion

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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
Description: In 1903, entrepreneur Preston Boyd Moss (better known as "P.B.") built the...
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 décor. 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 is open Tuesday through Sunday - summer hours include daily guided tours that start on the hour from 10am to 3pm, winter 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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This is a nice tour that is a great way to show young people how life used to be in a mansion "back in the day" and also for the rest of us who like to immerse ourselves in local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Billings, Montana, United States
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Billings, Montana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

I've been to a dozen historic mansions in half a dozen states. This one shows the limits of being a big fish in a small pond. Since the price is not outrageous, if you have time to kill, it is fun. But I certainly wouldn't put visiting this house up there with the more famous venues.

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Billings, Montana, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This is a nice tour that is a great way to show young people how life used to be in a mansion "back in the day" and also for the rest of us who like to immerse ourselves in local history.

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

The Moss is a very educational place, for children who love to ask questions about what they see and for adults who wonder how it all came to be. We are happy that our daily tours still spark wonder and curiosity, and that our work to continue preservation and interpretation efforts is apparent to our guests! Thank you for your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I thought every part of this house was just stunning. The grounds was very well kept and they had incredible flowers everywhere. The house was fabulous. They tour was incredible learning about the process of recovering the house was just amazing. Most everything in the house belonged to the family. I honestly can't wait to go back and visit the... More 

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

We are so glad you were able to visit! There is so much to learn and see at the Moss that a second trip would be just as interesting as the first. Thank you for sharing your story with your family, and with other travelers here on TripAdvisor! More 

Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Visited The Moss Mansion while in Billings Montana with my teenage daughter! Was beautiful and so nice! The young lady who was our guide was so informative! We really enjoyed it! Beautiful grounds also! Thumbs up Moss Mansion! Highly recommend.

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

Thank you for sharing your story with us and others! We are very glad that you enjoyed your visit - it means our own interest and care of the mansion shows. Come again! More 

Strathmore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We took the tour to see what style of home the uber-rich would build and furnish during the turn of the century. We were not disappointed. The floor plans and furnishings were a pleasure to see. Unfortunately, though was the negative choice to take photos with and without flash. The home is located downtown Billings, MT and is easy to... More 

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

The Moss Mansion is surely an example of posh living, and we are happy you explored your curiosity with a visit! It is certainly difficult to take photos while on a tour - time and lighting are not agreeable with those efforts, though the subjects for pictures are stunning and unique. We hope you found some of our newly released... More 

Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Most interesting tour and history. Its amazing what some people achieved in the late 19th. and 20th. centuries. Thoroughly recommend visiting this fascinating house.

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

Thank you for that wonderful review! P.B. Moss was an amazing visionary, and this home has been preserved by his family and by three decades of volunteers and staff so that the stories and the artifacts can be shared for years to come. From the state-of-the-art electrical fixtures to ultra-modern plumbing, many notable advances for 1903 exist here in their... More 

Lafayette, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

For my first visit to Billings I was looking for a place to see some of Montana history. This was a pleasant surprise in the heart of the town. My granddaughter and I arrived a little late for the beginning and missed the video presentation, but they put the DVD on for us to see after the tour. The tour... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking time during your first trip to Billings to visit the Moss Mansion! We are very happy you enjoyed the museum and our hard-working volunteers. With so many beautiful spaces inside the mansion, it is a challenge to keep the tours on time when the cameras start clicking. Thank you so much for sharing all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

This mansion is well worth seeing. It still has original furnishings and woodwork. It's furnished with pieces from around the world bought by Mrs. Moss. Short one hour tour only way to see the house $10pp

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

Thank you for spending some of your time in the area with us at the Moss Mansion. While we are open for guided tours each day (accept Mondays) we have many special tours and events during the year that give visitors a variety of ways to enjoy the mansion from monthly Saturday Trunks and Treasures Tours to special evening Halloween... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We enjoyed greatly our one-hour tour of this historic mansion. We learned a lot of Billings history, and it is always fun to see how the rich live/lived! Great way to spend an hour or two.

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

We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us at the Moss Mansion. So many volunteers and staff take pride in preparing the house and the artifacts, as well as that background knowledge, to share with visitors each day. Thanks for sharing your positive experience, and thanks for helping us spread the word about the Moss Mansion! More 

Billings, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I attended a wonderful wedding at the moss mansion, it old world charm and beautiful ground were a wonderful backdrop the beginning of a new family.

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

Thank you for sharing your experience at the Moss Mansion. As a wedding and private event venue we offer so many unique and magical elements that make special occasions memorable for hosts and guests alike. Our best wishes to that new family - we were honored to help you all celebrate! More 

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