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Address: 914 Division St, Billings, MT 59101-1921
Phone Number: 14062565100
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1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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We invite you to visit this beautiful historic home in the heart of...

We invite you to visit this beautiful historic home in the heart of Billings, Montana. Our summer hours end on Labor Day and are 10am to 3pm. Regular (winter) hours are 1pm to 3pm. We are closed Mondays.

In 1903, entrepreneur Preston Boyd Moss (better known as "P.B.") built the Moss Mansion, greatly influencing the culture of Billings, Montana. Designed by New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels, the mansion showcases inspired architecture, unrivaled craftsmanship and exquisite decor.

The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has graced the silver screen on several occasions as the perfect site for period films such as Son of the Morning Star and Return to Lonesome Dove. Although the youngest daughter, Melville Moss, resided in the home until the mid-80's, the house and its original fixtures remain intact. Modern day visitors marvel at the home's amenities which include a call button system for the servants, among other impressive feats of technology for the period. The home not only records the activities of early Billings development but also interprets the inner workings of the family through letters shared among its members.

Today the mission of the Billings Preservation Society (the operating entity), symbolized by the Moss Mansion, is to inspire, to educate and to facilitate historic and cultural preservation activities for the community and for its future generations. The Moss Mansion welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy a guided or group tour, explore the gardens and gift shop and experience a variety of signature community events. Many volunteers and a small staff are responsible for daily operations of the Moss Mansion.

The museum and gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday - summer hours include daily guided tours that start on the hour from 10am to 3pm, regular hours (Sept through May) 1pm to 3pm. The beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens are free to the public and are also open year-round.

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Fabulous History and Design

Moss Mansion was offering a free tour day, so my hubby and I decided to take advantage. I've toured many historical homes before but none quite so fantastic and beautiful as this... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Moss Mansion was offering a free tour day, so my hubby and I decided to take advantage. I've toured many historical homes before but none quite so fantastic and beautiful as this one. Because it was a free day, there were no individual tour guides (there were a few folks present to ask questions from) but even the self guided... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

What a wonderful review and rating, Frannie R! Thanks so much for describing your experience here. We do become pretty 'haunted' at Halloween and will be happy to have you visit again. The history of this home and this family is quite amazing - we are currently transcribing diaries - Kula came home from finishing school back east and visited... More 

Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Moss is a beautiful view back to the the early years of Billings. Fantastic history from the perspective of a lovely family home. From the grand entrance to the sequestered Butler's staircase the home is a must see!! Wonderful stories weave the historical stories into entertainment for all ages. Also the gardens are gorgeous and the little gift shop... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks montanasalsa! We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your visit, but we also appreciate your review and excellent rating. Our goal is to give every guest an experience like yours. Thanks again! More 

Murrumbateman, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The house has come down largely complete and very little changed from as built and full of beautiful arabic and asian motifs showing the interests of the times and significant wealth of the builders. Tours are well led and informative

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Thank James T
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind review and insight, James T. Though we are very dedicated to keeping the mansion in top condition, the Moss family deserves the credit for the integrity and longevity of this great building and all of it's contents. It was not ever an easy task for them to maintain even ownership of the home, as any homeowner... More 

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Moss Mansion is a lovely historic home in very near to original condition. I love the magnificent stairway, and it's interesting to see the actual furnishings used by the Moss family. Apparently the family kept practically everything! The conservatory is spectacular. The tour does involve going up and down two flights of narrow stairs, so perhaps not for everyone, but... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

This is a great review. Thanks for the helpful details, 60958Beachy_keen13, for both travel planners and our own staff as well. We appreciate your insight - thank you for sharing your experience! We do hope you'll be able to join us this winter! More 

Billings, Montana
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Halloween tour and it was amazing!! Definitely a must do! Was not really scary so ok for littler ones as well.

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Thank bethanyh369
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks for your review bethanyh369. Your comments were quite positive, but your rating was very low, so we do hope you did enjoy your Halloween experience! We are gearing up now for the new 'season of scare', so your feedback is important to us as we create this year's Murder Castle and Haunted Maze. More 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We took the home tour while in Billings. Very informative and they are doing a great job of taking care of the property.

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Thank markgac
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks markgac - five stars make us feel very good about what we do, but not as good as having folks enjoy the tour. Sharing the Moss is our joy, welcoming guests and helping them experience a unique bit of history is what we want to do best. Safe travels! More 

Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

Fun easy tour. The mansion is beautiful and full of history. The events held here are done so well. Highly recommend.

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1 Thank KimB2331
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you KimB2331! We appreciate you taking time to tell other travelers about your experience with us. It sure is our goal to be the best historic house museum we can be - thanks for making us feel like we met that goal for you. More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

Visited Billing, Montana for the first time, and knew virtually nothing about the city. Knowledgeable young man showed us around the residence of historic turn-of century Billings business man, Preston Moss. Moss was an influential figure in Billings' history, and the tour gave us a nice quick overview of the history of the area. On the day of my visit,... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you very much, Tammy LOuise. Mitch was your guide and is a real guest favorite. He has volunteered here for several years and his passion for history really shines through. We had a great bunch of volunteers this summer and can't wait to get started on training for next year. Your review is as complex as interpreting a great... More 

Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

I went to the Moss Mansion for a homes tour and simply loved it. This home was built between 1901 and 1903. It took 2 years to build and has much history behind it. Most furnishings are original to the home. I found this to be time well spent and encourage anyone to visit, if in the Billings area. The... More 

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Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thank you, Lori W.! Five stars is our target for every guest experience. We are so glad you took the time to join us and share this kind review! More 

Sedona, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

An interesting tour of one of Montana's iconic family homes. Just a couple of hours is all you need.

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Thank dps_Sedona
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks! We are glad you shared your positive review, dps_Sedona. Thanks for taking your time - we hope you found it interesting and fun! More 

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