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Pioneer Museum

Address: 317 W. Main St., Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone Number: 406-522-8122
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Ranked #9 of 15 Attractions in Bozeman
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Bozeman, Montana
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Located in a picturesque & largely original building - the former Jail - this museum is largely staffed by volunteers and provides a unique opportunity to explore local and regional history. The archives section serves as a great resource for those working on specific research or a particular topic; the staff are always helpful too. Often overshadowed by the larger... More 

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Billings, Montana
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Amazing assortment of historical local and regional artifacts in the old jail for the Bozeman region. They even still had the old gallows where a man was hung decades ago.

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Spokane, Washington
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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It's a very nice local museum in which you can learn a lot about the local history. I enjoyed it because I use to work here as a dispatcher and jailer in this, the former Sheriff's Office and Sheriffs residence. It's nice that so much of the original jail is still intact, even the old gallows. If only the walls... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Easy to walk by but so glad we didn't! A wealth of knowledge, equipment and very well organised displays within an old jailhouse which adds to the whole experience. Appreciated time spent giving introduction and then being left to explore at our own pace.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

A great way to understand the history of the area. Good for kids, adults, and teenagers. We are grateful to Charlie, one of the senior staff, and the time he took with us to share his insights. His rich understanding of the area and native peoples made our museum visit especially memorable. Plan on 1-2 hours.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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