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“Good museum but take time to listen”

Western Heritage Center
Ranked #16 of 63 things to do in Billings
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Owner description: Connect with your family as you share quality time exploring the many interactive exhibits at the Western Heritage Center - all year long! The many exhibits at the museum include both permanent and regularly changing galleries, and will allow for hours of educational fun for all ages. The Western Heritage Center is a regional museum whose collections, exhibits and programs tell the stories of life in the Yellowstone River Valley. Located in historic downtown Billings, the building that houses the Western Heritage Center is the former Parmly Billings Memorial Library, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accredited by the American Association of Museums and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Western Heritage Center provides both long term and changing exhibits with interactive components, as well as educational programs for visitors of all ages. The museum cares for over 16,000 artifacts and an extensive collection that illustrates and documents the history of the Yellowstone River Valley.
Montana
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Good museum but take time to listen”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

The museum is interesting but even better when you take the time to listen to the audios for the exhibits.

Visited July 2013
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Billings, Montana
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217 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Neat place to visit”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

This has a some good exhibits. Lots of information and plenty of things to listen to. The cost is only $3.00 per person. Well worth the visit.

Visited March 2014
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OnTheRoad, USA
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33 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Fun Family Friendly Stop”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

We spent about 2 hours in the museum, with some of our kids (1-17). There were lots of hands-on things for them to do, including dress up, old fashioned post office, and games. Displays for the olders to read/check out while the kids are playing, and fabulous, informative staff. Great deal.

Visited October 2013
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Virginia City, Montana
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Iris Dodge Cowboys”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Iris Dodge has captured and documented 52 notable Montana Cowboys in her Plaids, Stripes and Denims; Portraits and Poetry show now on display until November 2. Each portrait is as unique as the character, and their lives captured with eloquence in her poetry. Hung in two different galleries at the Center, the collection adds to the authentic Montana spirit which prevails within the walls. I especially loved the hats of each cowboy and the barn wood frames highlighting the portraits. Iris truly has a gift with color, brush and pen.

Visited September 2013
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Chicago
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45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A worthwhile stop in Billings”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

We were fortunate enough to have a private dinner in the museum so we got to spend the evening with the staff and linger over the exhibits. It perfectly captures the feel and texture of eastern Montana. This part of the west evokes so many imaginings about its past and the people who came through or settled here. The museum has creative and substantive exhibits that satisfy.

Visited September 2013
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