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Address: 914 Division St, Billings, MT 59101-1921
Phone Number: 14062565100
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1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 1:00 pm - 3:00 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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Nice place to visit

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
markgac
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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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 2 weeks ago

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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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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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 

Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've taken several tours with my kids and now with grandkids.the stories of the staff from generations ago and ghosts stories.the events are grand and elaborate.my favorite is Christmas with a different kind of tree in every room.

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

Thanks gertrudeshouse! We appreciate your continued support and hope you continue to find our tours and events something wonderful to share with family and friends. Thanks for your excellent review! More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Moss Mansion is a great place to visit if you have a couple of extra hours. You'll hear about the history of Billings as it relates to the Moss family. It's great. There are some narrow steps to climb if you go with the tour to the second floor. The gift shop is nice and the pre-tour film is... More 

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

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your recent visit, Barbara B! Some of the elements of older homes are challenging, like all those steps and stairs, but we do our best to make sure that anyone can enjoy the mansion. Thanks for sharing your kind review! More 

Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

We went through the mansion a few years ago and we had a very nice tour. It's a nice place to stop for a piece of Billings history.

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

Thanks for reflecting on your visit to the Moss Mansion, SeattleMonica. We enjoy sharing the historical aspects of the home and family and on special occasions and events we love to celebrate the beauty and ambiance. Thanks for your very nice review! More 

Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

Having just spent several days in National Parks, we were looking for something a little low key to do in the afternoon, and this place was perfect. The house is nicely kept up, and the Moss story is quite interesting. The tour was good, although the tour guide had a little trouble answering some of the group's questions. The grounds... More 

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

Thanks for your kind review! We are very happy that you found us to be a great place to dawdle after those beautiful parks. We do our best to prepare our volunteer docents to answer questions, and hope you had the chance to get answers after your tour, and you observed all the incredible work our volunteer gardeners do to... More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

The home was designed by the same person that designed the original Waldorf Astoria and several other famous buildings. This does not live up to that caliber. The original home was built in the very early 1900's for $100,000 when the average home cost $3,000. Most of the home has been restored is original. There is a 15 minute film... More 

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

We are sorry you were less than impressed during your visit. I hope you were able to tell someone here about the "..but" portion of the experience so that we may improve. We are always interested to hear how we stack up to other historic houses and sites, and specifics about what we can do to be a great place... More 

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