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“Worth a stop”

Fort Missoula Museum
Ranked #8 of 66 things to do in Missoula
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Located at one of Montana's first military posts, this museum houses rotating exhibits and devotes an entire wing to the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps. A recreated Western town of the late 1800s takes visitors back in time to the days of carriage houses and homestead cabins.
Phoenix, Arizona
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446 reviews
158 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 437 helpful votes
“Worth a stop”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

For us, this was a good place to stop and stretch our legs on our way to a time certain destination. We spent a very pleasant hour here. Depending on a person's interests, throw in a picnic lunch and this could be a half-day or longer visit. The first stop should be in the main museum building to see a short film on the Fort's history. A self-guided tour brochure tells the story of the many structures at the Fort. Fort Missoula played a roll in the Indian Wars of 1877, developed a short lived bicycle corps and served as an internment camp for 1,200 nonmilitary Italians and 650 Japanese-American men during World War II. Currently, the grounds also serve as a collection point for a variety of organizations to “collect, preserve and interpret the history of Missoula County and western Montana” or tell the story of forest management and timber production. A number of historic structures from around the state have been moved to this site. The path through the grounds is wheelchair accessible, some of the exhibit areas are not.

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day) 10:00 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday, noon to 5:00 on Sunday. Winters hours (labor Day to Memorial Day, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tuesday through Sunday, closed Monday. There is a small fee for touring the buildings; Students, $1.00, Seniors, $2.00, Adults, $3.00, maximum cost per family, $10.00. Children under 6, free. You may tour the grounds at no cost.

If I were in Missoula again I doubt I would return to the Fort but I'm glad we didn't miss it our first time around.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Davis K
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Newport, Washington, United States
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“family outing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2013

The grounds have many outbuildings to explore. The iris garden is beautiful. Lots of history here. There are two museums on the grounds each costs $3 for adults.

Visited September 2013
Thank TrishVernonDever
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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75 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Little Disappointed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2013

There are several buildings on the property that make it appear like there's a lot more to see than there actually is. The main building houses some interesting exhibits, but most of them are reproductions or "representative" of what they are supposed to be depicting. After going through the main building we went outside to visit the numerous out buildings. It was a very hot day and after walking to 3 or 4 buildings only to discover you couldn't actually go inside, we opted to leave. Perhaps we missed the best parts?

Visited September 2013
Thank Vicki S
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Salt Lake City
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159 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Good, should be better in time”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

This is a great museum in the making. It consists of the remnants of a fort used from the Civil War era through WWII, and a number of buildings and exhibits that have been moved to the museum land. Unfortunately, the signage in many of the buildings is just inadequate. Also, when you pay for the main military museum (only $3/adult), when you get to the next military museum they suggest another $3 "donation." The total is still reasonable, but I think they would be much better off just charging $6/adult and let that give you access to everything.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank KeldiKlutz
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great stop for history buffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2013

Well maintained and designed. While I didn't need handicapped access, I was impressed with the wheelchair accessibility of the museum property.

Visited July 2013
Thank Patty A
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