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One of the oldest museums in the western United States

The Montana Historical Society Museum, also known as Montana's Museum, was founded in 1865 and is... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
Taylor B
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Chicago, Illinois
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This museum has exhibits on Native Americans, Lewis and Clark, and early European settlers in the... read more

Reviewed September 29, 2018
CKT808
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed October 5, 2018

The Montana Historical Society Museum, also known as Montana's Museum, was founded in 1865 and is one of the oldest museum of its kind in the western United States. It's motto is "Big Sky, Big Land, Big History" and it covers everything from the state's fine art, history, archaeological and ethnological artifacts to works by Montana's Western artist Charles M. Russell and displays of Native Americans, settlers, gold seekers, homestead life, mining, frontier weapons and even a white bison mount. Located at 225 North Roberts Street in Helena, the museum originally was located in Virginia City but was moved to Helena in 1874 after Helena was approved as the territory's new capital. The archives collections include manuscripts from the early 1860s to the present, a large number of oral histories from the 20th and 21st centuries, over 500,000 photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries, books, maps, newspapers, posters, musical scores, the state's largest collection of newspaper clippings and magazine articles and a substantial collection of art and artifacts documenting all of Montana's history, including materials documenting Montana's Native American culture.

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Reviewed September 29, 2018

This museum has exhibits on Native Americans, Lewis and Clark, and early European settlers in the state. A really old film was showing in the auditorium about 6 western states including Montana. We went for the Charles M. Russell art collection and were not disappointed. There is a dedicated exhibit for children that looked like a lot of fun. The entrance fee is only $5 for adults. It isn't a huge museum, but is well worth a visit.

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Reviewed September 10, 2018

This is a fun museum that has lots to see. Changing exhibits, Charlie Russell Art, and 3 other areas that give you a splash of history of Montana. This is one very well thought out selection of items from the extensive Montana Historical Society's world class collection.

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Reviewed September 8, 2018

We visited this museum two days in a row since we were limited the first day! There is so much excellent information presented in an up-close way with some hands-on activities! The WW1 exhibit was fascinating and the Russell art exhibit, Lewis and Clark exhibit, as well as the Montana history exhibit were all just packed with information and artifacts for adults and kids! Wonderful experience!

Thank Mary V
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

Very nice museum. I liked the recently added section about Montana and its response to WW I. Learned some interesting facts about that time. The history of Montana from the first nation people to the present was well put together. There are interactive opportunities throughout the tour. Well worth the $5 entrance fee to tour this museum. I spent a good 1.5 hours there and still didn't see it all.

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Reviewed August 30, 2018

This museum is so full of information and artifacts - it captures the history of Montana so well. This museum is across the street from the state capitol building. Worth a trip to visit both.

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Reviewed August 27, 2018

Over the years, I've visited this place many times. Every time I go, I am impressed with the collection in this small museum. For now, on every other Saturday a local credit union sponsors free admission. Parking on Saturdays is excellent and it is a very personal, genuine effort beautifully curated.

Thank Sid G
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Reviewed August 14, 2018 via mobile

CM Russell gallery which has quite a few of his sculptures, paintings, etc . Indian artifacts from arrowheads, tepees, beaded dresses And papooses, WW 1 gallery with an thorough display of posters, weapons, news articles and photos, and a special display of a white buffalo (not so great..kinda weird ) on the second floor. WW 2, Korean, Spanish American ward and Iraq war artifacts with several Purple Hearts on display. I thought this museum was excellent. Your ticket entitles you to a two day visit I which is a bonus. Nice gift shop too! Worth a visit

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Reviewed August 11, 2018

We really enjoyed our time at the Montana Historical Society Museum. It is a very well done museum. We found the WWI history section very interesting. and also enjoyed the gallery of art work by Charles Russell. There was ample free parking right across the street, which was a nice surprise. The museum isn't huge and we were able to get through it easily in couple hours. I think the $5.00 entrance fee was reasonable, The capitol building was right next door also worth the time to go through - it is beautiful inside.

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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Don't miss this museum of history and art. We were immersed in WWI, Montana's mining "wars," the travels of Lewis and Clark, and Native American ways. Pull open the drawers in the Charlie Russell room to reveal his illustrated letters. Then go upstairs to meet the white buffalo.

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