For us, this was a good place to stop and stretch our legs on our way to a time certain destination. We spent a very pleasant hour here. Depending on a person's interests, throw in a picnic lunch and this could be a half-day or longer visit. The first stop should be in the main museum building to see a short film on the Fort's history. A self-guided tour brochure tells the story of the many structures at the Fort. Fort Missoula played a roll in the Indian Wars of 1877, developed a short lived bicycle corps and served as an internment camp for 1,200 nonmilitary Italians and 650 Japanese-American men during World War II. Currently, the grounds also serve as a collection point for a variety of organizations to “collect, preserve and interpret the history of Missoula County and western Montana” or tell the story of forest management and timber production. A number of historic structures from around the state have been moved to this site. The path through the grounds is wheelchair accessible, some of the exhibit areas are not.
Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) 10:00 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 on Sunday. Winters hours (labor Day to Memorial Day, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. There is a small fee for touring the buildings; Students, $1.00, Seniors, $2.00, Adults, $3.00, maximum cost per family, $10.00. Children under 6, free. You may tour the grounds at no cost.
If I were in Missoula again I doubt I would return to the Fort but I'm glad we didn't miss it our first time around.
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