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“A gem”
Review of Moss Mansion

Moss Mansion
Ranked #2 of 63 things to do in Billings
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Comstock Park, MI
Level 6 Contributor
281 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Very unique in that very little has changed since the house was built from wall covers to furniture & china most is original. Well worth the small charge for the tour Highly recommend for anyone visiting the area.

Visited September 2012
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Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Nice time for the whole family”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

Tour is reasonably priced and a little over an hour long. Always interesting to learn more about the history of the place you are visiting. The whole family enjoyed the tour (7 & 11 year old.)

Visited September 2012
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Billings, Montana
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
132 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“If you like historic houses, this one is unusually authentic”
Reviewed September 1, 2012

Beautifully preserved with almost entirely original furnishings. This is a real treasure, and one that we understand is supported almost entirely by a few volunteers and private citizens. Bravo!

Visited July 2012
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Belgrade, MT
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

The mansion is full of stories of construction changes at the last minute and of the family itself. The place is very well care of over the years.

Visited August 2012
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Swift Current, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Flash Back In Time”
Reviewed August 14, 2012

We went to the Moss Mansion, for the tour, if your into history, our just want to check out an really cool old house, which is in great condition with original furnishings and all. It's a inexpensive 1 hour tour that take you back in time!

Visited August 2012
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