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Address: 2822 Montana Avenue, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: +1 406-256-6809
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Description: Connect with your family as you share quality time exploring the many...
Connect with your family as you share quality time exploring the many interactive exhibits at the Western Heritage Center - all year long! The many exhibits at the museum include both permanent and regularly changing galleries, and will allow for hours of educational fun for all ages. The Western Heritage Center is a regional museum whose collections, exhibits and programs tell the stories of life in the Yellowstone River Valley. Located in historic downtown Billings, the building that houses the Western Heritage Center is the former Parmly Billings Memorial Library, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accredited by the American Association of Museums and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Western Heritage Center provides both long term and changing exhibits with interactive components, as well as educational programs for visitors of all ages. The museum cares for over 16,000 artifacts and an extensive collection that illustrates and documents the history of the Yellowstone River Valley.
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Billings and local area - captured forever

This museum has a great collection and collections that change. It is in a great old building that is awesome to see by itself. The staff is amazing and know their exhibits and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This museum has a great collection and collections that change. It is in a great old building that is awesome to see by itself. The staff is amazing and know their exhibits and local area extrmely well. Truly worth a stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Small, well displayed museum where some objects can be touched because they are replicas. The Indian displays were nicely explained. On room had black and white photos is Indians that were beautiful. The basement displays projects that high school students did. Very well done as it was on immigration in the Billings area. Surprised at the diversity of people &... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

This gem of a museum explores a wide range of time in the Yellowstone River Valley. I bought beautiful jewelry for my daughter in the gift shop. Come on a Saturday in spring and spend the day playing old-fashioned games--the kids love it. The quick trip from the interstate is well worth it. You might try the Hoofing With a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

One of the "Treasures" of the treasure state is the Western Heritage Center. If you are traveling in the Yellowstone valley a trip through the center will give you an overview of the valley... They also have "High Noon" lectures on the third Thurs of the month that expose you to some of the amazing talent in our city...If at... More 

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Lisa O, Business Manager at Western Heritage Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review! Great tip about the High Noon series - we're lucky to have such great presenters associated with the series. And they're free! See you next time. :) More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Docent was very knowledgeable and we learned many interesting facts about Billings. There were plenty of exhibits of different kinds for all interests. Can easily be seen in an hour. Take the time to stop if you are new to Billings or are interested in the history of the city.

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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Good for all ages! Especially liked the hands-on experience! Dress up was a hit with my kids. Really liked the multicultural display which included an engaging game for us all. Good job! Thank you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

We really enjoyed this museum. You'll have to park a block or so away and walk to it, but it's not far from a parking lot. The lot we parked in cost a few dollars and was a public lot. I think we got about 3 hours of parking for $3. There are lots of hands-on interactive things in this... More 

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Kalispell, Montana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

Since literature on Billings say that this museum is associated wiyh the Smithsonian, I expected more. The historic library building is beautiful, but the exhibits are small and not well desciribed. Some native american artifacts are nicely shown, but poorly described, an exhibit of art photos of ghost town building, a mish mash area of things you would see daily... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a small museum located in the former city library. It had an attractive display of ghost town photos when we visited. The permanent displays centered on the Yellowstone region and native American interest. Parking is convenient and it is near a redeveloping area in downtown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We enjoyed seeing the western and indian artifacts. Also the music from the 50's on the jukebox. Personalble staff!!

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