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“Moss Mansion”
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Moss Mansion
Ranked #3 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 end on Labor Day and are 10am to 3pm. Regular (winter) hours are 1pm to 3pm. 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 guided or group tour, explore the gardens and gift shop and 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 daily guided tours that start on the hour from 10am to 3pm, regular hours (Sept through May) 1pm to 3pm. The beautifully landscaped grounds and gardens are free to the public and are also open year-round.
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Nashville, Illinois, United States
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19 reviews
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“Moss Mansion”
Reviewed 27 August 2014

Very historical attraction that gives a informative history about the developing and growing Billings. Learn about the historic people that played this role.

Visited August 2014
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Colt, Arkansas
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24 reviews
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“Nice tour for a Sunday afternoon”
Reviewed 24 August 2014 via mobile

We visited the Moss Mansion and was pleased with the guided tour. Though the interior was beautiful, no pictures were allowed inside. Would recommend if you have some time to kill in Billings.

Visited August 2014
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Saskatchewan
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Worth a stop!”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

While on Holidays in Billings, we stopped at the mansion. It was fairly expensive to get in, about $32 for a family of 4. You cannot tour the mansion yourself and must go with the guided tour. I was very skeptical about this but the guide was very knowledgeable and the house is amazing. I am not a fan of old houses, but you need to see this place. The history behind the house is amazing and there is a lot to see. If you are in Billings and have time, it is well worth the visit. The tour took about an hour and a half or so, but it was time really well spent.

Visited August 2014
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Wilmington, Massachusetts
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“Moss Mansion”
Reviewed 13 August 2014

Having practiced architecture I really enjoyed walking through history of this old house.
Take the time to see the rooms of the Moss Mansion and appreciate the craftsmanship it took to build it. It must have been something during its time. I could not take pictures inside but I do have exteriors. Take note the stone used for the exterior came from Michigan. The guides take you room to room for the first and second floors and basement. Try to imagine your family living here, then try to imagine you mortgage! This house was built to impress and show the family was affluent. It did and still does.
Since its age there are no elevators so be ready for stairs. The ceilings are high so the stairs are plentiful, but worth it. The interior is as close as you can get to original as the family owned this until recently.

Visited July 2014
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Fort Smith, Montana
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5 reviews
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“Lovely Place”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Always so much to see and the gift shop is filled with lovely things. I(t is hard to believe that some people live in such opulence and others live very simply.

Visited June 2014
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