What? Nevada City Living History Museum
Where is it? From Bozeman: Drive west on Highway 84 for 28 miles. Turn left onto US 287 and drive south for 16 miles. Then right onto MT 287 and drive west for 14 miles.
What makes it special? The Nevada City Living History Museum is Montana’s version of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. In fact, Nevada City Museum of Living History curator Dan Thyer studied in Williamsburg in order to improve the realism of the performances and experience of traveling back in time to an 1860s Montana town during the gold rush. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, a devoted group of volunteers interpret different historical events from Montana history. Tourist can wander the grounds of more than 100 authentic buildings from the late 1800s and participate in a wide range of experiences from saloon life to vigilante justice. The highlight of the re-enactments are the Lantern Tours, where visitors experience the museum at night with lanterns.