Montana Historical Society Museum, Helena

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Montana's memory starts here! Established in 1865, the Montana Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Learn more about Montana's Museum, the Montana Historical Society Press, Montana The Magazine of Western History, the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, and the MHS Research Center. Join in the countless programs we offer through our Outreach and Interpretation division, or shop in our unique Museum Store in person or online.
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  • Great museum! The main exhibit about Montana from prehistoric times through the 50s and 60s was really cool. Lots of great artifacts and stories. Our favorite was the third floor military exhibit!  more »
  • This museum traces the history of the area from prehistoric to modern times. It begins with a large collection of fossils, including skulls of several mammoths. Another section is devoted to...  more »
  • One of Montana‚Äôs favorites sons - a cowboy artist and storyteller. Impressive collection of his oils, water colors, drawings, and sculptures. Enjoyed a Native American exhibit, too.  more »
  • Love this place! Great places to go to learn about Montana History!
  • This centrally located museum gives an honest and in depth look at Montana history. They also have a nice collection of Russell paintings. Well worth the visit when in Helena.
  • Unfortunately I didn't have time to see anything in the museum on this visit (other than the white buffalo), since I only visited the archives. I can't say enough about how WONDERFUL everyone was. I was helped immediately, and by someone who obviously enjoyed her job and wasn't just going through the motions. While waiting for the records to be retrieved, I was shown other things of interest. Another visitor was doing some genealogical research and she had a lot of questions (and was given a lot of assistance), yet I was left alone to read through what they'd brought me. Check on-line first since they have a great way to search the collection, but when you want to look at something, definitely visit since they will go out of their way to help you find what you need. Thank you!!
  • what a great museum with tons of Montana history. The CM Russell artwork display is worth goin to see in itself! this is a must do while in Helena
  • My husband, Elmo Wyatt, and I visited in 2010. He used to live in Helena in the 1960's and worked at the Studebaker place at OK Tire Company. We looked up addresses of the places he used to know, then went out and found the apartment where he used to live, as well as the address of the old Tire company that is no longer there. It meant so much to visit the places where he'd made so many memories. Thank you for providing such a wonderful place. Faye Wyatt

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