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Libby Heritage Museum, Libby

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
In 1973, a small group of enthusiastic citizens met and soon became Museum, Inc., a non-profit corporation. The main purpose ‘shall be the recovery of and preservation of historical culture of the Lincoln County area…’, but the immediate need was a place to house the historical collection of the late Roy Porter.

On April 28, 1975, a meeting was held at the Lincoln County Library to discuss building plans of the Heritage Museum. Various ideas and building methods were presented. In the end, plans were made to build a twelve sided, 130 foot diameter log structure.

On June 3, 1978, the Heritage Museum opened, manned by volunteers. From the felling of the first tree, hauling of the logs, peeling, chinking, decking the room, pouring concrete and building exhibits, the support has been wonderful. The cooperation of hundreds of people, mainly volunteers, is thrilling.

Special grants and assistance from the Montana Bicentennial Commission, a Bicentennial levy from the Lincoln County Board of commissioners, the St. Regis Co., the Montana Arts Council, the U.S. Forest Service, private businesses, individuals and numerous fund raisers helped bring the Heritage Museum to life. Continuing success has been made possible by fundraisers, the Montana Historical Society, IMLS, private businesses and individuals.
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  • We were shocked to see all the amazing things they had inside! Everything from animals, logging, mining, to household items.  more »
  • There a lots of archive photos. Several new displays. Clean family environment. Lots of photo opportunities  more »
  • Very good museum showing the areas past. Lots of items to see and they spread over quite a timeframe. Their volunteers are very helpful.  more »
  • There was so much more at this museum then we expected and the admission price was very inexpensive. Antiques inside and out. Highly recommended.
  • I was very impressed with the museum. I loved the logging items, and the collection of old washing machines. The have lots of a wide variety of items. Very nice museum.
  • It's fun and all but they are missing some of the most important things.. like they moved the vehicles some place🤔. Now why would they do that... and the train caught fire, and now its no where to be seen. I'm just glad the mining collection is still their because without it, they would have no business.
  • Was great! Volunteer staff were very helpful and kind.
  • This was a fun visit I highly recommend! The array of items and the detailed history make it an educational experience that leaves you wanting to keep going through to see what you missed the first time.

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