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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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small interesting museum

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
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Bozeman, Montana
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Bozeman, Montana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Miami, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Stettler, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We love museums and were very disappointed in what was in this beautiful old building. There is so much more history in this area, and we found a much better one in Lewistown. What was there for native artifacts was very interesting, and nice that we could touch some of the stuff.

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Montana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

The museum is interesting but even better when you take the time to listen to the audios for the exhibits.

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Butte, Montana
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This has a some good exhibits. Lots of information and plenty of things to listen to. The cost is only $3.00 per person. Well worth the visit.

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OnTheRoad, USA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
30 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

We spent about 2 hours in the museum, with some of our kids (1-17). There were lots of hands-on things for them to do, including dress up, old fashioned post office, and games. Displays for the olders to read/check out while the kids are playing, and fabulous, informative staff. Great deal.

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Virginia City, Montana
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Iris Dodge has captured and documented 52 notable Montana Cowboys in her Plaids, Stripes and Denims; Portraits and Poetry show now on display until November 2. Each portrait is as unique as the character, and their lives captured with eloquence in her poetry. Hung in two different galleries at the Center, the collection adds to the authentic Montana spirit which... More 

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Chicago
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45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

We were fortunate enough to have a private dinner in the museum so we got to spend the evening with the staff and linger over the exhibits. It perfectly captures the feel and texture of eastern Montana. This part of the west evokes so many imaginings about its past and the people who came through or settled here. The museum... More 

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Huntley, Montana, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you want a glimpse of the area and its history this is the place to go. Great staff who will bend over backwards to help you with answers to questions about their facility or recommend and direct you to other area attractions. Nothing like local people to let you know where all the little known treasures are. Something for... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I finished my Native American tour and had a day left in Billings, so I thought the museum would feature Native American culture and I had heard it had a very nice portion on Cheyennes. It was not there and I was so disappointed. I'll be back late this summer and I hope the exhibit is back by then

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