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Address: 2822 Montana Avenue, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: +1 406-256-6809
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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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Pleasant surprise in downtown Billings

The Western Heritage Center is located in a historic library building on Montana Avenue, a street that also includes many of Billings' other historic buildings. We were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 13, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

My wife and I went in for the first time just to see our grandsons Art exhibit which was inspiring to say the least. The inside heritage works weren't too bad though I've seen many better in Montana. Too we couldn't see much of the most bragged about cabin outside, locked up and not available to tour.

Thank ronmL7713GJ
Lisa O, Manager at Western Heritage Center, responded to this review

Hi! Thanks for coming to the student exhibit opening. We're glad you enjoyed it - we think the student artwork is pretty great too. The cabin wasn't open the evening you attended because it was a special event intended to direct attendee attention toward the great student work. Please feel free to come back to visit the JK Ralston Studio... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

The Western Heritage Center is located in a historic library building on Montana Avenue, a street that also includes many of Billings' other historic buildings. We were pleasantly surprised by the Center. Upon entry it appears much like "old-fashioned" static museums that have exhibits in cases and labels with names of objects. Far from it! There were a number of... More 

Thank NatureandLuxury
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

If you have kids this is a great place to spend some time. There are lots of things for them to see. It is a great representative of Western life. My first trip to Billings and I learned so much. The building itself is a beautiful old building. The price is not bad either. The bookstore and gift shop has... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Great stop to learn local history, and appreciate a great old building repurposed. I found the exhibits to be really nice and many are interactive in certain areas, making it a great place to take the kids.

Thank Sam M
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is a museum housed in the library I grew up with. The exhibitions change, but it is great place to get a sense of the history of the Billings area

Thank 641bix
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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.

Thank MTTraveling
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 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 

Thank Claire O
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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 

Thank sl d
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.

Thank TexasCalGal

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