We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex

Old Fort Park, Fort Benton, MT 59442
+1 406-622-5316
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
A page of history rewritten for the whole family

The whole town of Ft Benton has spent years recreating/rebuilding the old fort there dating from... read more

Reviewed September 23, 2015
Joe F
,
Great Falls, Montana
Cool town, hotel and historic sites.

A cool town with a historic hotel and you can take in a lot of history! I would imagine a river... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2015
kratzy
,
Whitefish, MT USA
Read all 54 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Located in Fort Benton "The Birthplace of Montana"™ the Heritage Complex is the home of Old Fort Benton, The Museum of the Upper Missouri, The State of Montana's Museum of the Northern Great Plains, Homestead Village, The Hornaday Smithsonian Buffalo Gallery, The Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center, The Overholser Research Center, The Schwinden Library, and The Montana Agricultural Center.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“missouri river” (12 reviews)
“grand union” (4 reviews)
“small town” (4 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
LOCATION
Old Fort Park, Fort Benton, MT 59442
CONTACT
Website
+1 406-622-5316
Write a ReviewReviews (54)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"missouri river"
in 12 reviews
"grand union"
in 4 reviews
"small town"
in 4 reviews
"two days"
in 2 reviews
"trading post"
in 2 reviews
"next door"
in 2 reviews
"great value"
in 2 reviews
"art gallery"
in 2 reviews
"trade center"
in 2 reviews
"great falls"
in 2 reviews
"the river walk"
in 2 reviews
"interpretive center"
in 2 reviews
"fort"
in 25 reviews
"homestead"
in 4 reviews
"montana"
in 12 reviews
"history"
in 22 reviews
"displays"
in 7 reviews
Filter

21 - 30 of 53 reviews

Reviewed September 23, 2015

The whole town of Ft Benton has spent years recreating/rebuilding the old fort there dating from 1847. Starting with one of the original corner blockhouses also called a bastion they have rebuilt the fort to its original specifications. Within the standing on end log walls...More

1  Thank Joe F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 13, 2015

A cool town with a historic hotel and you can take in a lot of history! I would imagine a river front room is extra and I do not think I would pay the difference next time.

Thank kratzy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 8, 2015

The beauty of this area is great. You must do your homework before you go. The history of this area is the real gem. This has the oldest structure in Montana...the stockade. This was the jumping off spot for the Missouri River. It is the...More

1  Thank Marc D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed July 6, 2015

A wonderful neat old city, the end of the river for goods delivery before the falls; we particularly enjoyed the agricultural museum showing lots of neat old stuff from the early 1990's; things like old cars, moonshine still, Maytag roller rinser machine, plow, and a...More

Thank jamesbond44
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 30, 2015

The fort presents it's story in touchable displays and well written explanations. Be sure to visit the original blockhouse and to go upstairs as well.

Thank Jerry H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 30, 2015

Fort Benton is now a quiet community on the upper Missouri, much different than the calamitous days of yore. They have done a great job rebuilding a replica of the fort, numerous statues, signs, old archecture, and of course, you are on the Missouri River,...More

Thank HEF2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 25, 2015

both museum and historic fort have wonderful interpretive and historical documentation; museum in Fort with bronzes and 19th c. Swiss lithographs of European travel to this region were spectacular.

Thank JoelZ195
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed June 12, 2015

Learned a lot about the history of Fort Benton and early Montana. Great place to walk around and learn.

Thank BobSInMT
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed March 23, 2015

Fot Benton has done an excellent job in preserving their history and there are expansive museums to show for it. The city has renovated the old fort with an interesting trade store and museum. There is an area where the original foundation from the old...More

1  Thank starsweptsky
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 16, 2014

The town has done a very good job of interpreting their history, and the river walk is a beautiful way to revisit the story. Shep's monument isn't to be missed.

2  Thank bydie20
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
PreviousNext
123456
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Fort Benton Hotels
Pioneer Lodge
47 reviews
1.02 miles away
Grand Union Hotel
226 reviews
1.25 miles away
Malmstrom Inns and Suites
10 reviews
34.26 miles away
Great Falls Inn by Riversage
242 reviews
36.57 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Union Grille
117 reviews
1.24 miles away
Wake Cup Coffee House
58 reviews
1.00 miles away
the Freeze
25 reviews
.95 miles away
The Banque
13 reviews
1.24 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center
677 reviews
33.97 miles away
Giant Springs State Park
369 reviews
33.52 miles away
Missouri Breaks National Monument Interpretive Center
46 reviews
1.70 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit