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“Great 1903 Home With All Original Wall Coverings - NY Archetect”
Review of Moss Mansion

Moss Mansion
Ranked #2 of 63 things to do in Billings
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: We invite you to visit this beautiful historic home in the heart of Billings, Montana. Our summer hours extend from 10am to 4pm while our regular (winter) hours are 1pm to 4pm. We are closed Mondays. In 1903, entrepreneur Preston Boyd Moss (better known as "P.B.") built the Moss Mansion, greatly influencing the culture of Billings, Montana. Designed by New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels, the mansion showcases inspired architecture, unrivaled craftsmanship and exquisite decor. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has graced the silver screen on several occasions as the perfect site for period films such as Son of the Morning Star and Return to Lonesome Dove. Although the youngest daughter, Melville Moss, resided in the home until the mid-80's, the house and its original fixtures remain intact. Modern day visitors marvel at the home's amenities which include a call button system for the servants, among other impressive feats of technology for the period. The home not only records the activities of early Billings development but also interprets the inner workings of the family through letters shared among its members. Today the mission of the Billings Preservation Society (the operating entity), symbolized by the Moss Mansion, is to inspire, to educate and to facilitate historic and cultural preservation activities for the community and for its future generations. The Moss Mansion welcomes thousands of visitors each year to enjoy a self-guided tour, a guided or group tour, to explore the gardens and gift shop, and to experience a variety of signature community events. Many volunteers and a small staff are responsible for daily operations of the Moss Mansion. The museum and gift shop are open Tuesday through Sunday - summer hours include self-guided tours from 10 am to 4pm and one hour guided tours that start at 10am to 3pm. Regular hours (Sept through May) are 1pm to 4pm year round. The beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens are free to the public and are also open year-round.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities
Billingham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great 1903 Home With All Original Wall Coverings - NY Archetect”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This home is a wonderful treasure. Has all original wall treatments - Art Nouveau burlap reverse batik, pink silk in the Louis XVI French parlor, Saracenic arch in the Moorish Entry, Oak ceiling (like the ceiling in the Oak Room of NYC Plaza Hotel - they share the same architect Henry Janeway Hardenbergh), Art Moderne kitchen with tile on the walls and ceiling and so much more. The interior rooms represent an eclectic variety of styles so everyone will find a favorite.

Nov & Dec the home has 14 Christmas Trees decorated by community groups.

Tours are 1 hour and start in the basement with a 15 video of information about the family and construction of the home. If you are in Billings be sure to check it out. It is only a couple blocks from the downtown (easy walk) and has 2 antique malls within a few blocks. The $10.00 admission is a great investment in preservation. There are very few places around that are still this original.

Visited November 2013
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Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Loved it!!!”
Reviewed 20 November 2013

Great attraction to visit when you visit Billings...check it out! We had a wonderful tour guide named Lue. She was amazing, friendly, professional and knowledgeable. After you pay admission, you watch a 15 minute movie about Mr. Moss and his family then onto the tour. After the tour, you can stop by their gift shop that has lots of special items to buy. No photography allowed inside the mansion. Moss Mansion was interesting, unique, gorgeous, intricate architecture and lots of history. We were glad that we had the opportunity to visit this attraction in Billings.

Visited November 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“One of the finest attractions in Billings”
Reviewed 3 November 2013

A wonderful guided tour around the home of P. B. Moss a businessman who developed Billings from a frontier town into a modern city. The mansion has several themed rooms including one that resembled the Alhambra palace of Granada. The guide was friendly and had a good level of knowledge about the house, Moss himself and the city of Billings.
The building is impressive inside and out and is a great place for any tourist to learn about the history of Montana.

Visited December 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Such a neat house!!!”
Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Our family came in one Sunday for a tour, the staff was Awesome and full of Interesting information. The story and Home is just a Amazing and so worth the stop. We had our 10 year old daughter and 8 year old son with us and they just loved to see how people sir to live.

Visited October 2013
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Silverdale, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
“Beautiful home.”
Reviewed 5 October 2013

This mansion was finished being built in 1903. The guided tour is about 1 hour. You start by watching a short video, then the tour guide will point out all the interesting items from around the house. Most everything here is original, or very close to original. The bad part is you are not allowed to take photos. This is a good place to visit.

Visited October 2013
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