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Address: 914 Division Street, Billings, MT 59101
Phone Number: 14062565100
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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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Wow sirs

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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Bothell, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Philadelphia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

Billings MT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mansion was open for free visits Sunday afternoon. Docents gave pertinent information as we walked through the elegant rooms of yesteryear. We were encouraged to stroll through the rooms -- free to spend as much time as we liked to see and admire. Outside on the lawn, tables, chairs were set under the trees for relaxation and listening to... More 

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

Ruth O., thanks for being there to celebrate with us! The Moss Mansion has been a museum for 30 years now, and there are two more free days on the calendar for this year. We are looking forward to the next 30 and have so many innovative and contemporary things planned. Your support is appreciated! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Moss Mansion is a seasonal delight! All year round-bring family! Spring has the buds and blossoms. Walk the grounds, find names on the bricks. Summer is inviting as weddings take place with forest-like greens all around. Halloween is fabulously scary! And winter brings the chill but with grandeur and lights!

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

It is quite spectacular at Christmastime - thanks for sharing about all the great times of year to visit the Moss Mansion, dr o! There is always something special going on here. More 

Slidell, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice tour of a vintage house and furnishings of the early 1900's. Family history was interesting in that of eight original children there is only one remaining live family third generation member in her 80's. Loved the matching and detail of lighting to wall decor in every room. Definitely worth the stop in Billings.

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Thank Zukie53
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Thanks for your great review Zukie53! All the volunteers and staff at the Moss Mansion enjoy telling the story of the Moss family, and we are glad the backdrop of the actual surroundings are helpful to the telling. Some of the items in the collection are over one hundred years old, some hundreds. The visual references make the story come... More 

McDonough GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The luxury is on par with Vanderbilt and Rockefeller. Who knew that such a house existed in Billings Montana of all places in 1903? Full of actual family furnishings, it's a must.

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Thank burns41
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this review

Wow! What a humbling review. Thank you, burns41, for putting the Moss Mansion on your list of places to see and for sharing your feedback on TripAdvisor. We are a self-funded non-profit and it gives us not only a shot of pride but some affirmation that our small staff and dedicated volunteers - including our board of directors, docents, curatorial... More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular preserved historic mansion. Definitely worth the price! Try for a small group 6-8 people for maximum effect.

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

JoLyne P - thanks for that excellent review! We share and discuss our TripAdvisor reviews with our staff and volunteer docents, and it sure feels good when we do things right. Our daily tours are random with no reservations, but we also do a lot of group tours by appointment and tend to tailor those for the needs or special... More 

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