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Western Heritage Center

2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101
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Ranked #11 of 31 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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Stettler, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 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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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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
12 reviews 12 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
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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169 reviews 169 reviews
74 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 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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