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Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex
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Owner description: 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.
Fort Benton, Montana
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2012

A great place to live and and visit. specially during the summer

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Great Falls, Montana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Riverside Historic Signs Tell the Story”
Reviewed October 27, 2011

If you don't pick a day when it is raining or a blizzard, any other time is great for a walk down the river pathway. The old railway bridge, for me, is only good when the weather is warm.

Learning about the history, just by reading the signs and looking at the old buildings. It is easy and fun.

Visited November 2010
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Salt Lake City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“What a great museum!”
Reviewed September 30, 2011

We visited the town of Fort Benton kind of on a whim, and what a pleasant surprise it was!

The actual Fort Benton museum is a reconstruction (with a bit of the original fort still there). It is very well done, and the tour guide was one of the best we have experienced. The oldest non-native building in the state is one of the corner guard buildings, which you get to go inside of for a bit.

In addition to the great tour of the Fort, take the time to walk down along the river path and read the signs about the various historic buildings, the various statue plaques, etc. Very, very well done.

There were two or three other museums in the area, but we ran out of time. We intend to return so we can see the rest of this little town!

Note: there is a fee for the fort tour, but the river path and such are free.

Visited September 2011
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