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Pioneer Museum

317 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715
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Ranked #9 of 19 attractions in Bozeman
Type: History Museums
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English first
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had driven by here many, many times without realizing it was there! Large, beautiful trees adorn the street and yard in front of this hidden gem of a museum on West Main Street in Bozeman! The location in the old jail makes it all the more interesting as you can step inside the cells. Both men and women were... More

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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This museum had a wealth of information about the town's history. It was orginally the jail, and there are still some jail cells, and the hanging post were 1 man was actually hung. There are 2 floors to the museum, and also a research area. You can see all kinds of period clothing, household goods, guns and even cars. It... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

You could spend hours in this small museum! It is so well done! LAid out in a small jail . This volunteers who man this museum can tell y everything about the Wild West!

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Bozeman, Montana
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is housed in the old county jail and has all the look of the 1890's, come look and enjoy, little kids will even like this one.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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49 reviews 49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

It's a bit startling to start a tour in a jail cell with a noose hanging from the ceiling, but as you get into the museum, it was a great walk through Montana history. I especially liked the period costumes and the stories of early Bozeman. Well done!

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Belgrade, Montana
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65 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

WOW, this building is so filled with history and memoriblia. The way in which this museum is put together you can really feel the events they are showing. Many nice pieces on loan and gifted to this small but impressive museum. There is a small but adaquit gift shop if you'd like to buy books on Montana history or gift... More

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Welcomed by a guide who gave me an introduction and in I went. Collections a bit random, basically what's been donated to the museum but for 5 dollars, can't complain too much

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La Canada Flintridge, California
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

We had to stop into this museum as we were passing by & pleasantly surprised with the great displays inside. I highly recommend.

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Sainte Genevieve
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

It was a treat to find this museum and Charlie gave us very good information about Bozeman and its early days. Located in the old jail, there's a lot to see and learn.

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Borrego Springs, California
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228 helpful votes 228 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

This history museum is in the actual former courthouse and jail, and the gallows (inside) where a convicted man was hung in 1924 is still there. Now I don't care what you say, that is something you'll never see in another museum! They also have a handgun (probably used by an Indian) from the Custer massacre. And all the jail... More

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