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J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum

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J.Spencer Watkins Memorial Museum

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219 West Wallace Street, Virginia City, MT 59755
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This tour takes you to two of The wild West most historic sites. Explore an open air living museum. Tour what has been in actual movie sets. See wildlife along the way. Your personal photographer will take actual antique photos for your memory book.
US$150.00 per adult
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Teresa Lewis Watts wrote a review Aug 2020
Bozeman, Montana872 contributions115 helpful votes
Very charming collections full of history, & I found a wonderful souvenir, a uniquely beautiful 15 oz. coffee mug featuring a moose—& the handle is fashioned after a moose antler! It is stunning! Service is very friendly & helpful; we’ll definitely be back!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Ninette B wrote a review Sep 2019
Rigby, Idaho271 contributions52 helpful votes
This is a nice collection of weird things. If you have the time to read all of the signage, it is well worth the history you will learn about.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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charlie1sg wrote a review Jun 2019
Memphis, Tennessee106 contributions13 helpful votes
This is a great store and museum. It has a great John Wayne collection. Lots of old items that interest both kids and adults. The man running the museum is very friendly and great to talk to. The clothing sold is great quality. I was here in July 2018 and June 2019 and will return.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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onewickedb wrote a review Jul 2018
Seattle, Washington584 contributions114 helpful votes
We meandered in here on a day in Virginia City and what we found, ended up being our favorite location in the town. Upstairs is a large collection of historical items; some of them run of the mill (weapons, clothing, tools, implements, etc) others not so. In the back corner, on the wall you will find 3 mourning hair displays. In the victorian days, when loved ones passed away, it was not uncommon to make art or jewelry out of their hair. In this museum there are 3 such displays of hair, one includes an intricate bird that has been made out of a dearly departed's lock. Downstairs you will find a lot of taxidermy, some that has been dressed and staged in various interesting poses and situations as well as a baby lamb with extra legs. This museum is free and jam packed with something for everyone. Also it is funded strictly by public donations and support so it's worth a purchase of a gift or two and/or a drop in the change bucket up front. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: July 2018
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Sheryl M wrote a review Aug 2017
Great Falls, Montana1,750 contributions125 helpful votes
We were going into all the buildings on Wallace Street and seeing what we could find. This place is more museum than gift shop. But they do have things you can buy for souvenirs and the usual candy and goodies you enjoy when on vacation. There is a lot more museum to see downstairs than upstairs and it was all interesting to go through. Clothes, oddities, medicines, they had it all and more. If you love Old West history and going through museums, you will get a kick out of touring this place.
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Date of experience: July 2017
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