Given our state’s gold rush, mining and dinosaur-filled history, it’s not surprising that we’ve got some incredible museums worth exploring. And while Bozeman’s Museum of the Rockies and the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls get a lot of attention, there are plenty of other fascinating places to view artifacts, fossils and piece of our past.
Hockaday Museum of Art in Kalispell. This museum’s building itself is pretty interesting — it’s housed in the old Carnegie Library building that’s listed in the National Registry of historic places. The exhibits highlight the culture of our state and of Glacier National Park, and they have a permanent collection of the work of local Montana artists.
American Computer & Robotics Museum in Bozeman. This is a great place to go to see how technologically advanced we have become as a society. Here you’ll find the world’s first handheld electronic calculator, the first televisions and so much more. They also have rotating exhibits that are fascinating for people of all ages.
World Museum of Mining in Butte. This museum is located on an actual mine yard, and it’s one of the few places in the world with those bragging rights. Butte was once known worldwide as the Richest Hill on Earth, having possibly the world’s most productive copper mine. You can see exhibits and explore the Mineral & Rock Room, but the main attraction is a tour of the underground mine.
Range Riders Museum in Miles City. Come take a tour of Eastern Montana’s history, from cowboys of the Wild West to ranches, railroads and Indian villages. This museum has been around since 1939, and the owners have amassed quite a collection.
Dumas Brothel Museum in Butte. Mining wasn’t the only thing going down in Butte back in the day. This charming museum is fascinating to visit, offering a glimpse into Butte’s past in a former house of ill repute.