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Moss Mansion

914 Division St, Billings, MT 59101-1921
+1 406-256-5100
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Original & Historic

Billings history abounds. It is very unusual that a family home survives with so much original... read more

Reviewed May 29, 2016
BillW07
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San Jose
A slice of Montana history

This beautifully preserved mansion told a story about the history of Billings, Montana. The tour... read more

Reviewed May 12, 2016
kpurring
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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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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Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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914 Division St, Billings, MT 59101-1921
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Reviewed May 29, 2016

Billings history abounds. It is very unusual that a family home survives with so much original furnishings. The highlight was the head currator, who was the tour guide.More

Thank BillW07
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded June 1, 2016

BillW07 - thanks for your insightful review. We are very happy that you enjoyed the tour with Jennette - she is extremely knowledgeable and loves to share what she knows! Our mansion stands out among historic homes in what survives but also in the longevity...More

Reviewed May 12, 2016

This beautifully preserved mansion told a story about the history of Billings, Montana. The tour guide had worked there for many (like, 30) years and answered all of our questions, plus had many interesting insights on the family and the history of the house and...More

1  Thank kpurring
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 2016

We are so glad you were able to stop and see us on your trip. Our well-trained docents are gracious in sharing their love of the Moss with guests and in training up new docents each year. We are celebration our 30th year as a...More

Reviewed April 25, 2016

Most of the mansion (inside and out) is original.....furnishings, wallpaper, rugs....unlike many historic homes that have replications. The family history is fascinating. If you are in Billings, this is a "must see" historic mansion.

1  Thank karen M
Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Great to see a stunning mansion with original decorations, curtains, bathroom fixtures. I could happily spend the day in the conservatory. Great way to while away time while visiting billings for the day.

1  Thank CarrieEllen S
Reviewed April 18, 2016

the mansion is awesome but it would have been good if the third floor was also available for viewing. Also the tv show about the family was too lengthy.More

1  Thank Perla N
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded April 20, 2016

Thanks for your review of your visit to the Moss Mansion, Perla. We agree, it would be so great to share the third floor with all of our guests. Though the current fire safety codes prevent us from sharing it with more than a couple...More

Reviewed March 13, 2016

My mother worked here as a garden designer and planner and helped plants many of the flowers and plants. She and a few of my friends took great pride in making sure this wonderful mansion was available to everyone, locals and tourists alike. I have...More

Thank peter k
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2016

What a nice review, peter k! Our grounds have been touched by many skilled hands like your mother's, and we couldn't be more happy with the results. Her care shows to our guests every day. Thanks for sharing your memories, kind words, and excellent rating...More

Reviewed March 10, 2016

The Moss Mansion is a beautiful piece of Billings history. Every docent I've ever had was very knowledgable about the Moss family, the mansion, and the city during that time period. Please be aware that the back stairs which are used during a part of...More

Thank Jstrong1008
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2016

We are quite happy that you have enjoyed each visit you've made to the Moss Mansion. Our docents are always happy to respond to requests for the comfort and needs of guests with chairs placed at intervals, use of alternate entryways, a video for those...More

Reviewed March 7, 2016

Interesting to learn about the history of this family and Billings. The college guy who was the guide was good. Fun to see an old mansion, also like how there was a sheet of information that gave you the history of the surrounding neighborhoods.More

1  Thank Mindy N
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded March 12, 2016

Mindy, we are glad you enjoyed your tour! Our mission extends beyond this one property, into the surrounding community and the interesting history of the people who set it on the path of what it is today. We enjoy learning about the past ourselves and...More

Reviewed February 21, 2016

We did a tour of the Moss Mansion during one of the festivals that was going on. The tour guides were fantastic and super knowledgable. The Moss Mansion is in excellent historic condition. So much to see! And still in it's glory.More

Thank mountaingirl4563
Corinna S, Public Relations Manager at Moss Mansion, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2016

We are so glad you enjoyed your tour! Our staff and volunteers love the Moss and we are glad it shows in the way they present the tours. It is our pleasure to continue to preserve and share (for thirty years now!) what the family...More

Reviewed February 12, 2016

The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable about Moss family history as well as Billings history. Each room was spectacularly decorated for Christmas and I could lots of "Oooooing and awwwing." This tour is a must for both locals and visitors---young and old.

Thank Julie S
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Betty T
What is the price to get into the mansion? What is the Price for Pryor Mountains and Rimrock? What is the Price for Pictograph Cave?
June 15, 2015|
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Response from Corinna S | Property representative |
This is a second attempt to answer your query! I hope the information reaches you! Admission to the Moss Mansion Museum is $10 for Adults, $7 for Senior Citizens and Military, and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. The Rimrocks... More
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Naomi Y
I am leading a group of eleven retired teachers from Hawai'i who will have half a day to explore Billings. We need to check out from Boothill Inn and Suites by 11 am and we need to be at the airport by 2:00 pm. Will our group be able to tour the Moss Mansion in the morning (between 9-12 noon) of July 17, 2015? Please advise. Sincerely, Naomi Yap, President Hawai'i Alpha Delta Kappa An International Honorary Sorority for women educators
May 29, 2015|
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Response from Corinna S | Property representative |
Yes! We would love to have Hawai'i Alpha Delta Kappa visit us at the Moss. Tours are guided and begin on the hour at 10 am to 3pm every day but Monday. The tour lasts about one hour. Adult admission is $10, and Seniors enjoy... More
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