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Gallatin History Museum

317 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576
+1 406-522-8122
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Fantastic Place for Local Early Montana Pioneer History

Centrally located in Bozeman, with an associated parking lot, this gem of history is a must visit... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Steven I
It may be small, but packs a big punch of history

Whether you are with a family or visiting by your self, the Gallatin History Museum is a must see... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
J1872HGchrisg
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Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County's heritage. Visit the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, which offers a unique glimpse into the area's past. In addition to jail cells and a hanging gallows, the museum maintains displays illustrating the unique histories of a variety of people who have called Southwest Montana home. Permanent exhibits include Native American history in the Gallatin Valley, a model of old Fort Ellis, the infamous Big Horn Gun, five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family, and even a porcelain doll that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864. The museum also boasts a photo archive with more than 25,000 historic images that can be reproduced for a small fee. There's a research library that includes a special Lewis and Clark collection and files on many Gallatin County communities and families. The bookstore has hard-to-find materials dealing with the history of Gallatin County for sale at reasonable prices. The Gallatin Historical Society, founded in 1977, moved into two rooms in the county jail building in 1979. Built in 1911, the jail was already considered a historic structure. When prisoners were moved to the new Law and Justice Building in January 1982, the county commissioners granted the Society use of the entire building for a museum. The Pioneer Museum was created and in 2014 the name changed to Gallatin History Museum to better reflect the collection and the mission of the organization which is to preserve, promote and foster the history of Gallatin County and Southwest Montana. The Gallatin History Museum is a 501 3C non profit and is operated by the Gallatin Historical Society. It is not a County agency and does not receive any tax dollars, but instead relies strictly on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate. Members receive a quarterly magazine that features articles on local history, free admission to the museum and discounts in the bookstore. Admission is $5.00, children under 12 and museum members free. Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day) hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 4pm.
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317 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Centrally located in Bozeman, with an associated parking lot, this gem of history is a must visit place for anyone interested in learning more about the movement west. The building has lots of exhibits with historical significance, personal stories, several jail cells with funny signs...More

Thank Steven I
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whether you are with a family or visiting by your self, the Gallatin History Museum is a must see! The volunteers were so knowledgeable about Bozeman history and really made it come to life with stories and a lot of great exhibits.

Thank J1872HGchrisg
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This museum is a really good history museum with some interesting things to see. The staff was very friendly and helpful telling us of other places to visit and how to get there. This was located right downtown, so parking was kind of hard to...More

Thank 1956quilter
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Located in the old jail building, this museum is very well done and gives the visitor a real appreciation of Bozeman, MT. There are numerous cells spread out over two floors and you can go into every one. They even have the drop platform and...More

Thank Texan78541
Reviewed 18 June 2017

This museum is several rooms it what was an old jail. It has an amazing amount of old items and pictures and tells the story of the founding and history of Bozeman and the surrounding areas. We were created by a volunteer who had alot...More

Thank travelingcats14
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

We love it when we get to share the stories of the Gallatin County and some of the amazing personal accounts that has always made this area a special place to live and to visit. Thank you for taking the time to share this review!

Reviewed 26 April 2017

The Gallatin History Museum, located in the old Gallatin County jail has something for everyone. Children love learning about the old jail and can even experience being in a jail cell. For those who like the old theater experience, there is a small theater upstairs...More

Thank ncbp70
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to not only visit the museum but also share this review. We love kiddos in the museum and like that kids can have a great time while their "drivers" can also enjoy the history of the area and check...More

Reviewed 2 November 2016

Visitors to Bozeman who know nothing about the city or area will be fascinated by all the things to see in this small museum. The history of this part of Montana will spring to life! Highly recommended.

Thank JoseEscalante
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit this review. We love our area and love to share it with our guests. Please stop in again when you are in the area!

Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is not a huge museum but has a lot of very interesting stuff relative to the area. The staff was very helpful and conducted a personal tour. You can see it in an hour or spend longer if you really get into all the...More

Thank quizshow904
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

It is important to us to provide great experiences for our guests and our volunteers love sharing stories about the area. Thank you so much for taking time to review us...

Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Love this museum! Staff is super friendly and excited about history! Take the kids an spend all day looking at all the fun and quirky pieces of history! A blast!!!

Thank LeethalBiker
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

Love that you used the word quirky...we appreciate all our guests but kiddos are especially fun to have in the museum. We want to known as a place to bring kids for an hour or a day. Thank you for this great review!

Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you like history and you're in Bozeman, you must go here! What used to be the jail is now the repository of everything about Bozeman you could want to know. It is two stories and just chock full of fascinating information and displays. And,...More

Thank Don619
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

wow...thank you for such a great review! All of our staff and volunteers love what we do and we enjoy sharing with our guests. Thank you for mentioning the research library, for anyone looking to find a family member, the history of their home or...More

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