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Montana Natural History Center

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Address: 120 Hickory St Ste A, Missoula, MT 59801-1820
Phone Number: 14063270405
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is to promote and...

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is to promote and cultivate the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC offers numerous programs for children, including week-long summer outdoor discovery day camps for pre-K through 5th grade, weekly pre-school programs, Saturday Kids' Activities, and Center Visits. For adults there are occasional evening programs including Naturalist Trivia and Evening with a Naturalist, as well as Naturalist Field Days on a variety of topics, from raptor migration to lichens to Glacial Lake Missoula. MNHC also offers several Montana Master Naturalist certification courses throughout the year. MNHC has a newly-renovated Exhibit Center filled with local animal specimens, information on Montana's ecosystems, a diverse fossil display, and an exhibit on Glacial Lake Missoula. There is an interactive Kids' Discovery Room, an Environmental Education Library with books for both children and adults, a small native plant garden, and a Nature Adventure Garden for outdoor play. MNHC also provides a tri-annual publication, Montana Naturalist magazine, free to members and the public, with feature articles about the flora and fauna of Montana, their ecology, habitats and conservation issues. FREE ADMISSION from May 30 - September 3, 2016!

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Fun, quick educational opportunity for kids

We didn't know much about the natural history of Montana and were pleasantly surprised by the really friendly and knowledgeable staff and small but interesting exhibits. Nice... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Texarkana, Texas
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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have 2 very good videos in their exhibit about the Missoula Floods and Washington Channeled Scablands. Lots of taxidermy and fossil exhibiits as well. 1 hour about all you need to see the Museum. But if you want info on Scablands and are passing through on your way to Washington, stop here.

Thank Amy Z
Montecito, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really small museum with a few stuffed animals. It appears to be a research facility for the university. Kids might like it but we spent 15 minutes and it was time to go.

Thank orv m
Allison D, Communications Coordinator at Montana Natural History Center, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping by! The Montana Natural History Center does collaborate with the University of Montana, but we are not a research facility. Our focus is on nature education, which includes summer camps, programs in elementary schools, and center visits for kids, as well as field days and Master Naturalist classes for adults. Our exhibit center is but a small... More 

Texarkana, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We didn't know much about the natural history of Montana and were pleasantly surprised by the really friendly and knowledgeable staff and small but interesting exhibits. Nice place to spend an hour or so, and at least for our visit the fee was already paid by some company that was sponsoring visits (thank you whoever that was!). Looks like they... More 

Thank Charitonenko
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

A twenty fifth anniversary celebration was taking place the day we visited this wonderful little museum in historic downtown. It's small and friendly where one can get up close to all the displays. And it is packed with information. We were interested in the history of the ice lake and subsequent flood during the ice age. There is a small... More 

Thank Virginia W
Missoula, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Our kids enjoy looking at the exhibits in the museum, especially the slides that they place under the microscope In nice weather, watching outside on the path is fun too! Plus the homeschool class that meets once a month is great! The teachers are amazing and really engage the kids.

Thank Michaela H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Great exhibits, wonderful staff. Great kids area. The exhibits were informative, well done and spaced out to allow a great experience.

Thank TheMDHarrisFamily
Solomon, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

This center has a large variety of taxidermy specimens of the area. They are nicely displayed and have interesting explanations.

Thank markels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015 via mobile

Went there with my girls aged 8 and 6. They love it! The taxidermy is wonderful and the kids area is great. My girls love it.

Thank Jonathan H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I wanted to know more about the glacial lakes/ice dams/geography of the Missoula area. The info was just what I wanted. I left the sullen teenager in the cabin and spent a very pleasant 90 minutes learning a lot more about the pleistocene era that created the remarkable geography of the area, through Idaho and into Washington. I was well... More 

Thank Cre8ivMum
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It's a very small museum but there are two videos about the amazing Glacial Lake Missoula from the Ice Age which are fascinating. The geological history of this part of the country is unlike any other place in the world and it's much easier to grasp it after seeing the videos. There is also a small but nice collection of... More 

Thank Marcia918

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