Gallatin History Museum
Gallatin History Museum
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County’s heritage. The Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman offers a unique glimpse into the area’s past. Located in the former county jail building (1911 to 1982), the museum maintains displays illustrating the unique histories of a variety of people who have called Southwest Montana home. Permanent and changing exhibits feature early area history and artifacts, unique local stories, photography, a life-sized pioneer cabin, agricultural history, and jail and law enforcement displays. Visit the museum's Montana and local history bookstore and active research library. Staff are available to assist with research projects, genealogy, and photograph archive questions. The Gallatin History Museum is a 501(c)(3) non profit and does not receive any tax dollars but instead relies on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate. Members receive a magazine that features articles on local history, free admission and bookstore discounts.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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TAMAN1951
Liberty Lake, WA6,674 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Much more history than you might think.

Super nice and friendly attendant that shared her story as well as the history of the area.

Great old jail and area memorabilia.

Loved it.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written 15 February 2024
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Thank you for the kind words!
Written 23 February 2024
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JONZ39
Bozeman, MT7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Good for some pictures and an hour or two. Learn all about the history of the town you have just moved into.
Written 6 August 2023
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Thank you! We hope you will come back soon!
Written 23 February 2024
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Jon Z
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
On Saturday’s plenty off parking in the Old County Courthouse lot off Mendenhall & 3rd St. Fun for the kiddos. Picture yourself in JAIL
Written 4 August 2023
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eddi10c
Edinburgh, UK433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Brilliant little museum, staffed by excellent, enthusiastic volunteers. A genuine insight into times past around Bozeman. Fascinating that it’s set in the old jail - with many original features remaining.
We thought an hour would be enough but more time would be wise!
Written 26 September 2022
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ebny63
Houston, TX38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Fantastic visit to the Gallatin History Museum! The variety of the collection in this historical location is fascinating: jail artifacts, letters and multiple holding areas. There are records of people that were arrested and held over the years. The docents at the museum provided excellent background and details about the jail location as well as Gallatin himself. Albert Gallatin's rich contribution to the country was significant and enduring. There's free parking on the street and the location is easy to walk to check out other places on Main Street.
Written 16 September 2022
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Voyager712672
Alberta, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We Enjoyed the tour emensly! Alot of information which led to our next trip to Verginia City !
I thought there should have been some jail clothes, dishes , shanks for jail stuff
But over all a great experience!
Written 11 September 2022
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I went to Bozeman the week Yellowstone was closed from flooding. The town was packed likely with other tourists who had to change their plans last minute. So much traffic. It was insane. I'm assuming it's not normally like that.

I wasn't going to attempt parking on the street and thought I could park in a lot behind the museum. Nope. It's just for the courthouse. Only found three spots behind the museum and they were taken. Eventually found parking a couple streets down. The surrounding neighborhoods have amazing looking houses so the walk was enjoyable.

The Gallatin History Museum was actually pretty neat. Glad I didn’t give up. The lady who took the admission fee was really nice and gave me a quick explanation of stuff. Also talked about the Sweet Pea Festival in August. The building used to be the jail and the sheriff’s quarters up until 1982. Besides all the jail stuff they had some other neat exhibits about the area. Bought four books from the bookstore. They had a really good variety of books.
Written 8 July 2022
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COGuest
Colorado658 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
First time here. Really enjoyed our visit. Park for free on street in front. Helps you as far as context if you have read up on Montana history beforehand, which we had--so we learned a lot. Not for the stroller set. Fascinating exhibits-be sure to read the descriptions and displays. Be sure to also go upstairs and watch the videos. There are like 5 or so of them. We watched all of them. We had an attorney in our party, who really enjoyed some of the commentaries on the legal proceedings in the olden days. Take your time and enjoy. (Good Korean lunch spot a couple of doors down)
Written 22 May 2022
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raketak
california74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
Our boys had a wonderful time. We learned from older lady who was at front desk a lot about Bozeman history. Very well set up exposition. The jail was really something.
Written 19 April 2022
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Gwenbry
Jackson, WI1,137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Lots of interesting exhibits about the settlers, the jail prisoners and a jail break
We especially liked the short films that were on display in the small cinema. They were very well done.
Docents very helpful and friendly
Written 25 January 2022
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