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Montana Historical Society Museum

Montana Historical Society Museum
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Bauman147
Shelby, MT1,754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
I wasn't sure what to expect- in Montana, you never know what might be considered a museum! But there is lots of information about Native culture, the mining rush, how agriculture developed and also how women's roles in Montana were very different historically from the east and west coast. Tickets are only $5 and if you ride Last Chance Train Tour, you get a BOGO coupon for admission. And while I was there, they had a very interesting exhibit on Beer!
Written 29 June 2020
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jimichongaJC
Stevensville, MT653 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
And why not? - Montana's rich connection to the land, the sky and the water flows from our native culture's respect and use of the resources we so proudly enjoy. Very fine curation of early civilization and their practical applications of natural gifts - for food, medicine, clothing, housing and livelihood. The many tribes are well documented and represented by artifacts and reproductions of their handicraft, majestic in purpose and presentation. Easy to spend a couple hours absorbing the cultural impact of our predecessors. And then the CM Russell gallery provides multiple examples of our celebrated artist's best works, including many illustrated cards and letters to personal friends that give an intimate glimpse to the man's passion for this land he loved. Just a wonderful collection, elegantly presented in a timeline fashion in the gallery's loop. Outstanding curation throughout.
Written 25 July 2021
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Llanotraveler
Del Rio, TX79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
Amazing collection for a relatively small museum (note that they are expanding). Wonderful collection of Charlie Russel art mixed with great exhibits detailing development of the area from prehistoric to current times. Great museum store as well. Perfect follow up after Train Tour where half prices ticket to museum obtainable. Tickets good for two days.
Written 8 August 2021
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ErvanInFremont
Konjic, Bosnia and Herzegovina136 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
A modest museum, but with good presentation quality. One exhibit is historic paintings (at this time), another mostly about Native Americans, and the third a mish-mash of mostly natural history topics. The unique aspect here is a presentation of the spectrum of Native American tribes from 19th century Montana and their artifacts.
Written 31 July 2021
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Christina B
Louisiana6,198 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We got a free ticket when we purchased our Last Chance train tickets. It was only $5 for other ticket & was good for 2 days. So much to see inside. Well maintained & beautiful displays. If you like history you’ll enjoy this Museum.
Written 7 August 2020
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The Places Where We Go Podcast
Simi Valley, CA974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We enjoyed our visit here - initially selected to kill some time before our scheduled trolley tour departure which would be leaving just outside the front door of the museum.
Selections from the museum’s permanent art collection line the initial entry hall - this is a great place to start your tour. On the bottom floor is a very nice exhibit spanning various aspects of Montana history - starting with a brief overview of the very long-term assessment of the landscape before entering more modern (Native American) cultural overviews. The exhibits then continue with cowboy culture, mining, railroads, ranch life and more. Next door is an exhibit dedicated to the works of Charles Russell— Montana’s pre-eminent artist. The third floor has an exhibit devoted to our military. A nice place to spend one to three hours.
Written 1 July 2021
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324lindyf
Saint Ignatius, MT63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The price was reasonable.. Interesting things of Montana and settlers... worth the money... very nice giftshop.
Written 27 October 2019
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5nn
Portland, OR272 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
We spent over an hour in the museum and found it to be highly interesting. The gallery that displays Charles Russell’s works was impressive. We found the different exhibits to be interesting and well planned. Instead of random collections, the curators carefully selected unique items so that it did not appear cluttered but informative. This would be interesting for families as well as anyone interested in Montana history.
Written 27 October 2019
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ATL_Jacket
Eugene, OR1,119 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Business
I've been to quite a few Western museums and Big Medicine, the White Buffalo, is an incredible exhibit, one of the very best. However, the rest of the museum is kind of ho-hum. Nothing stood out as especially unique and the state's unique history was lost in the minutia. I saw a bunch on everyday pioneer life, but not much about the story of Montana. It's a great place to stop when visiting, but not a museum to go far out of your way for. At least there is no admission fee.
Written 27 March 2014
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agapegrl777
Newark9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2013 • Family
The Museum of the Montana Historical Society is a lovely place to stop while visiting Montana. It is within a block or two of the State Capitol building, with ample parking and some WOW exhibits! We were traveling from Great Falls to Bozeman last week and decided to stop by and see the Museum, and to our surprise, the artwork there is exceptional! Of course, the exhibits are pretty spectacular in some cases, too, especially if you like Native American and early settler relics and history. However, the paintings in this museum will knock your socks off! The real stand-outs were the mural by painter John Potter and of course, those of Charlie Russell, one of the most famous Western painters in all of Montana history. What really struck me, though, were the paintings by John Potter, who produced the spectacular landscapes, wildlife and Native American murals and paintings at the MHS Museum. I loved them so much, that I went back through the exhibits to find them and write down his name and the names of his paintings and the mural! Once we got home, I googled John Potter, found his website, and emailed him. He answered me within short order and I have now been placed on his elist for buying prints in the near future. Here is a link to one of my favorite paintings at MHS Museum and a list of the types of exhibits: http://mhs.mt.gov/museum/permex.asp Honestly, the ENTIRE museum is WELL worth the tiny price of $5.00/person, even though I am still raving about John Potter's works exhibited there! This is truly a place to take people of all ages, as they even have a large exhibit on children's belongings from generations past. Helena also a very good stopping off point in your travels from northern parts of Montana, going south to Yellowstone, Bozeman or wherever. If you are traveling south from Great Falls, like we did, you may also wish to stop at the Wolf Creek Canyon overlook for a few minutes, as it is right on the way. The MHS Museum Store is also quite nice and has loads of books, jewelry, souveniers and Montana Huckleberry gifts! There is also a tour bus outside for tours of Helena, if you have the inclination and time. We did not have time to take the tour, but I believe it is historical in nature, as well.

You may also wish to take the boat tour at "Gates of the Mountains", though this location is located a bit outside of Helena. The location was given that name by the Lewis and Clark Expedition. The Gates of the Mountains tour is quite beautiful and interesting both historically and regarding the wildlife and Native American wall paintings. Here is their website for further information: http://www.gatesofthemountains.com/ By the way, even though I have clicked on "Family with Teens", you could visit these locations with family & friends of almost any age.
Written 9 September 2013
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