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Montana Natural History Center

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Address: 120 Hickory St., Missoula, MT 59801
Phone Number: 406.327.0405
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Tue - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Small town with big history

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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 

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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 8, 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.

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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!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
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 

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 

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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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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

this is a wonderful resource to the community. It tells the story of ancient Lake Missoula. It also familiarizes visitors with the flora and fauna of the area. It is an especially great resource for schools in and around Missoula and families with school aged or older pre-schoolers.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Great programs for kids. Friendly staff & volunteers. Special events are also worth your time. Parking can be sparce for events, but can always be had.

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