Although the average out-of-stater may not think of Billings, Montana as destination for great museums, the city is home to several.  The Moss Mansion at 914 Division Street, once home to the Preston Boyd Moss Family and designed by the New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria, Plaza Hotels, Williard Hotel, and Copely Hotel, is now a designated historic home and museum showcasing Victorian life in the West.  Built in 1903, the mansion is full of period clothing, artifacts and furniture.  Visitors to the museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, can take a one-hour guided tour of the building.  Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for children. Call 406-256-5100 for hours.

Also in Billings is the Museum of Women's History on 2822 Third Avenue North.  This museum features exhibits dedicated to women's history, culture, daily life, and motherhood.  Call 406-248-2015 for hours and admission prices.

Billings' downtown is also home to the Western Heritage Center, whose exhibits chronicle the history of the Yellowstone River Valley.  The building is listed on the National Register of Historic places and the museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institure, displaying over 16,000 historical artifacts and paintings.  Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children.  Call 406-256-6804 for hours.       

Also downtown is the Yellowstone Art Museum, offering a haven for contemporary art as well as many well known western features, including Will James. The museum, known locally as the YAM, presents Montana's most forward-looking artists and brings to Montana historic and world art significant for the region. Open Tuesday - Sunday, call 406-256-6804 for hours and admission.

Lastly, the Yellowstone County Museum is a cannot miss in Billings. This museum, housed in an original homestead, features relics from the region that demonstrate how Billings evolved. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm, admission is free. This museum is located at the airport and you do drive through the airport to get to it. Don't worry though - parking is free here!