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Montana Natural History Center

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Address: 120 Hickory St., Suite A, Missoula, MT 59801
Phone Number: 14063270405
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is to promote and...

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is to promote and cultivate the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC offers numerous programs for children, including week-long summer outdoor discovery day camps for pre-K through 5th grade, weekly pre-school programs, Saturday Kids' Activities, and Center Visits. For adults there are occasional evening programs including Naturalist Trivia and Evening with a Naturalist, as well as Naturalist Field Days on a variety of topics, from raptor migration to lichens to Glacial Lake Missoula. MNHC also offers several Montana Master Naturalist certification courses throughout the year. MNHC has a newly-renovated Exhibit Center filled with local animal specimens, information on Montana's ecosystems, a diverse fossil display, and an exhibit on Glacial Lake Missoula. There is an interactive Kids' Discovery Room, an Environmental Education Library with books for both children and adults, and a small native plant garden. MNHC also provides a tri-annual publication, Montana Naturalist magazine, free to members and the public, with feature articles about the flora and fauna of Montana, their ecology, habitats and conservation issues.

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interesting local wildlife

This center has a large variety of taxidermy specimens of the area. They are nicely displayed and have interesting explanations.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
Solomon, Kansas
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Solomon, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This center has a large variety of taxidermy specimens of the area. They are nicely displayed and have interesting explanations.

Thank markels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

Went there with my girls aged 8 and 6. They love it! The taxidermy is wonderful and the kids area is great. My girls love it.

Thank Jonathan H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I wanted to know more about the glacial lakes/ice dams/geography of the Missoula area. The info was just what I wanted. I left the sullen teenager in the cabin and spent a very pleasant 90 minutes learning a lot more about the pleistocene era that created the remarkable geography of the area, through Idaho and into Washington. I was well... More 

Thank Cre8ivMum
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It's a very small museum but there are two videos about the amazing Glacial Lake Missoula from the Ice Age which are fascinating. The geological history of this part of the country is unlike any other place in the world and it's much easier to grasp it after seeing the videos. There is also a small but nice collection of... More 

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Columbia, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We found this place while we had checked out bikes free from the Currents Aquatic center. We took a wrong or it could have been a right turn on a bike path. The fee is $3/person. Great place for kids. They are setting up in this place. Make sure that you watch the video on the floods.

Thank heeler_girl2014
Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Even though it's a little hard to find it's a fun place. Lots of mounts of the native animals and birds. Also a nice presentation on Glacial Lake Missoula and prehistoric fossils of the area. Also a microscope area fpr studying butterflies and moths. Great for kids and adults will learn things too!

Thank Derry K
United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

While travelling through Missoula we decided to take a side trip to this spot. Very small, but very informative exhibits of the natural history of the area, including a very defined exhibit of the expanse of the ancient glacial Lake Missoula. Nice displays of native animal skulls and furs, touching tables, and nice examples of (non-touchable) taxidermy. It is close... More 

Thank FlatheadGeorge
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Great little museum. Looked like it had all been recently renovated. Must-see if you are from around Portland, Oregon and think the Columbia River Gorge is amazing. I LOVED taking my daughter on an origins of the Columbia River Gorge vacation. The story is absolutely fascinating and the scenery is beautiful. Just imagine being told your geologic theory is crazy... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This little museum/history center is a great place to visit with kids. They have lots of things that can be seen and touched by little hands. My grandkids were fascinated by the live snake which was NOT my favorite. I became a member and have decided to send each grand to a 1 week summer camp. These folks do fabulous... More 

Thank Bobbe A
missoula, mt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

The Montana Natural History is a sweet and simple tribute to the natural world, focused especially on the area that we live in. The beetle color wheel, hands-on exhibits and beautiful lay-out are among my favorite things about this museum. Their natural history camps in the summer are outstanding!

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