Yes the gravel and weed parking lot fronts a museum that looks like half a dozen double wides welded together. Yes there's way more than enough kitsch for ten museums. But beneath it all is one fantastic collection of American history and this section of Montana in particular.
After you get past the huge copies of the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence you'll find wonderful photos and letters of early area settlers. You'll find a small but interesting collection of guns used to help settle this part of the country while feeding and protecting the new settlers who were pushing out the indigenous peoples. Do you like old bicycles and motorcycles? Dozens upon dozens of them from the late 1800s to the 1960s including many Harleys, a few Indians, and even German military BMWs with side cars from WWII ... and many of them in working condition. This museum probably has more American propaganda posters from WWI and WWII than any museum anywhere. Thought I'd seen them all before but saw several here I'd never come across. And the section on local heroes and participants of those wars along with 'Nam and the terrorist wars is moving. And these collections don't even scratch the surface of the many, many items of 19th & 20th century American memorabilia scattered throughout this rambling building.
Then just as you've finished the tour of the building you notice a door and sign inviting you out back. You open the door on an acre or so of old buildings ... post office, auto repair, school house, etc etc etc. And all full of "stuff" ... much of it rusty but much of it will remind middle aged and older visitors of a simpler time in our history.
Frankly I haven't even touched on what's here. Now I know what Stendahl felt when visiting the Uffizzi ... on a much less artistic level of course! You could literally be struck dumb! For all you hoarders out there this is proof you may actually be able to make a living off all you've collected. Seriously? Stop here. It's worth way more than the $6 adult fare.
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