Western Heritage Center
Western Heritage Center
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
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Mike H
Saint Louis, MO58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is a review of the walking tour entitled Bars, Brothels and Bok Choy that leaves from the Western Heritage Center and is somehow connected to the institution.
Even though most of the relevant buildings no longer exist, this tour was informative and interesting, led by a guide who is passionate and knowledgeable about the history of Billings. If anything, the tour is underpriced, so tip your guide accordingly. WELL worth your money.
Written 11 September 2023
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Lyn B
Houston, TX24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
When we were there, we particularly enjoyed an exhibit by a western artist depicting women in ranch work at the turn of the century. (I did not make note of his name). Beautiful western art of competent and confident women working cattle, breaking horses, or just being part of the scene without being objectified.
Written 30 July 2022
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Kristie B
6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The number one draw for me was the building itself. It is the perfect place to learn about the history of Billings. I do feel that they should utilize more of the space. It has beautiful circular stair case and many rooms that are unfortunately, closed off to the public . I was disappointed that they did not really have anything for children. Maybe a area where they can pretend to build a rail road or learn about Billings history through activities. I found it odd that the gift area was full of kids items but, their were no exhibits centered around kids.
Written 1 August 2021
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KJB
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
I really enjoyed the different displays
My favorite was the one about the influencial women Montana 's past.
Written 19 December 2020
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Ashley H
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
Cute little museum! They were running a bee exhibit and a really cool exhibit called Sinners and Saints which showcased some very fascinating women. Parking was easy and the staff was helpful and informative.
Written 30 September 2020
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Tim Lehman
Billings, MT1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great treasure here in the Treasure State. Fascinating exhibits of a diverse representation of the region, native and newcomers. Friendly staff, always helpful.
Written 28 September 2020
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Mona S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Western Heritage Center building itself is an experience! An old sandstone building quarried out of stones from the rimrocks that surround the valley. The staff are very helpful and eager to tell you all about the area. It's fun to take the walking tours and learn about the early days and the buildings. The paintings are exceptional and represent the best of the area artists and history. Their archives are just amazing and they can access all kinds of information!
Written 24 September 2020
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MontanaTeach
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The staff is friendly and helpful. Their exhibits focus on a wide range of history, not just Buffalo Bill. Thoughtful, diverse, and interesting exhibits. Highly recommended!
Written 23 September 2020
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Larry S
Atlantic Beach, FL27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Very Meh ! Super average. Totally did not reflect what I thought the title described .
More Suffrage, less Western heritage. I don't know. Not terrible, not great. Kind of "fine".
Written 22 July 2020
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada81,678 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We didn't know what we would see. Still we decided to go. It wasn't that expensive.

The highlight was paintings. Ben Steele was an artist and he taught a lot of students. There were many painting from war at the Japanese concentration camp.

His paintings were the best. He had a painting for anything he had seen in the concentration camp.

There were students that Ben Steele helped them to paint.

We even met her wife. Ben had died already.

The building was a library and they changed that and improved the Center.
Written 15 October 2019
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