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Western Heritage Center

2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101
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Ranked #5 of 29 attractions in Billings
Type: History Museums
Traveler Description: The Western Heritage Center is a regional interpretive center and public archive that tells the stories of the people of the Northern High Plains... more »
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Butte, Montana
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
29 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Los Angeles, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

We went to see the Cheyenne exhibition we had heard about and it was gone which was disappointing since it was so much reviewd as if it was a permanent thing. But what they had was interesting, even though it wasn't Cheyenne. It seems like whenever there is a heritage museum or center in this area it only means white... More

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Shepherd, Montana
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115 reviews 115 reviews
52 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

The Heritage Center is located in downtown Billings in the original library. A beautiful old sandstone building. It has a lot of Yellowstone history, their displays are small and very family friendly, we even sat in the Dude Ranch Lobby downstairs and play a couple games of checkers. There are a lot of interactive exhibits that you can sit and... More

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Billings, Montana
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91 reviews 91 reviews
10 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

The Western Heritage Museum is housed in Billings' original library, built around the turn of the century. This is a family-friendly museum with small displays, lots of activities for the kids while the parents look at the "mature" displays and information. The many kids areas are educational while being entertaining. We (two adults) spent about an hour and a half... More

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Amarillo, Texas
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158 reviews 158 reviews
45 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

This museum is downtown, in the former library building, built in 1901. The museum focuses on the history of the Yellowstone Valley. They have four areas full of exhibits that bring the past of eastern Montana to life. A number of their exhibits are interactive, too, with videos and sound, so the kids will enjoy it. Downstairs is a replica... More

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