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“Nice visit at a National Historic site”
Review of St. Mary's Mission

St. Mary's Mission
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Louisiana
Level 6 Contributor
806 reviews
245 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 277 helpful votes
“Nice visit at a National Historic site”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

We saw the sign on the highway about St. Mary's Mission. The first church established in Montana. Beautiful church and a nice visitor's center. The staff was friendly and the gift shop was very well stocked. We are so glad that we stopped and experienced this historical site.

Visited June 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
464 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 461 helpful votes
“A Walk Through History”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

Although you can walk the grounds at any time, The Mission's visitor center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00, April 15th through Christmas. Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00, April 15 through October 15th. Tours take about 1 ½ to 2 hours and are worth every penny of the $7.00 tour fee.

We were the only people taking the tour that morning and thought we might be told to just tour on our own. However, following a brief video, a guide took us on a wonderful tour. It was conversation rather than a canned presentation about the Mission, its place in history; the desire of the Salish and Nez Perce Indians to have the “Black Robes” come to live in their communities; and the impact of the Jesuits, most prominently, Father Anthony Ravalli. After the tour we were welcome to explore the museum exhibits and return to the grounds for as long as we liked. If we did not need to move on, we could have had a picnic lunch here.

If you are interested in the early history of this area, I highly recommend you visit the mission and take the tour.

Visited August 2013
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Great Falls, Montana
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Melting of two cultures”
Reviewed 20 May 2013

Very interesting tour of the first Jesuit mission in Mt. Established at the request of the Salish tribe, this is a great piece of Montana history. The tour guides are very knowledgeable and very helpful.

Visited May 2013
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
279 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Nice history stop”
Reviewed 25 September 2012 via mobile

The mission is on the National Register and gives a perspective on the attempts the Salish Indians made to integrate with the Jesuits and the work Fr. Ravalli did to bring western art and science to the region. Worth the $7 tour to support the site.

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Missoula, Montana
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Nice little historic local spot”
Reviewed 27 August 2012

Nice place to visit if you're traveling through. Lots of history in this area and it's a well maintained location with some original buildings.

Visited July 2012
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