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Address: 317 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576
Phone Number: +1 406-522-8122
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County's heritage. Visit the...

Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County's heritage. Visit the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, which offers a unique glimpse into the area's past. In addition to jail cells and a hanging gallows, the museum maintains displays illustrating the unique histories of a variety of people who have called Southwest Montana home. Permanent exhibits include Native American history in the Gallatin Valley, a model of old Fort Ellis, the infamous Big Horn Gun, five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family, and even a porcelain doll that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864. The museum also boasts a photo archive with more than 25,000 historic images that can be reproduced for a small fee. There's a research library that includes a special Lewis and Clark collection and files on many Gallatin County communities and families. The bookstore has hard-to-find materials dealing with the history of Gallatin County for sale at reasonable prices. The Gallatin Historical Society, founded in 1977, moved into two rooms in the county jail building in 1979. Built in 1911, the jail was already considered a historic structure. When prisoners were moved to the new Law and Justice Building in January 1982, the county commissioners granted the Society use of the entire building for a museum. The Pioneer Museum was created and in 2014 the name changed to Gallatin History Museum to better reflect the collection and the mission of the organization which is to preserve, promote and foster the history of Gallatin County and Southwest Montana. The Gallatin History Museum is a 501 3C non profit and is operated by the Gallatin Historical Society. It is not a County agency and does not receive any tax dollars, but instead relies strictly on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate. Members receive a quarterly magazine that features articles on local history, free admission to the museum and discounts in the bookstore. Admission is $5.00, children under 12 and museum members free. Summer (Memorial Day-Labor Day) hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm and Winter (Labor Day-Memorial Day) hours are Tuesday - Saturday 11am- 4pm.

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Wonderful small history museum

Visitors to Bozeman who know nothing about the city or area will be fascinated by all the things to see in this small museum. The history of this part of Montana will spring to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Bozeman, Montana

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Bozeman, Montana
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visitors to Bozeman who know nothing about the city or area will be fascinated by all the things to see in this small museum. The history of this part of Montana will spring to life! Highly recommended.

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Thank JoseEscalante
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to submit this review. We love our area and love to share it with our guests. Please stop in again when you are in the area! More 

Pelham, Alabama
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This is not a huge museum but has a lot of very interesting stuff relative to the area. The staff was very helpful and conducted a personal tour. You can see it in an hour or spend longer if you really get into all the items. Period clothing, a jail cell,

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

It is important to us to provide great experiences for our guests and our volunteers love sharing stories about the area. Thank you so much for taking time to review us... More 

Belgrade, Montana
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150 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Love this museum! Staff is super friendly and excited about history! Take the kids an spend all day looking at all the fun and quirky pieces of history! A blast!!!

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Love that you used the word quirky...we appreciate all our guests but kiddos are especially fun to have in the museum. We want to known as a place to bring kids for an hour or a day. Thank you for this great review! More 

Nottingham, Maryland
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

If you like history and you're in Bozeman, you must go here! What used to be the jail is now the repository of everything about Bozeman you could want to know. It is two stories and just chock full of fascinating information and displays. And, the employees there are sooo friendly and helpful! They seem to spend a lot of... More 

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

wow...thank you for such a great review! All of our staff and volunteers love what we do and we enjoy sharing with our guests. Thank you for mentioning the research library, for anyone looking to find a family member, the history of their home or just general information about the area we are that place to check out. We try... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Fabulous museum. The man who gave us a short tour was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the history of Bozeman. We spent nearly two hours looking at the exhibits. I'd recommend this museum to everyone visiting Bozeman and Montana.

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Thank LeeannNZ
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for this review, we have been gifted by so many with such great artifacts and photos and it is delightful for us to share these with our guests. We hope that you'll stop back in another day! More 

Roanoke, Virginia
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36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

My husband and I had one day in Bozeman. We saw Museum of the Rockies in the morning and this museum in the afternoon. I think I liked this one better. It is a local history museum in a former jail. The local history and the jail layout are both interesting. The staff is very friendly and attentive. If they... More 

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Thank dalowe
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Love your title...we are working at not being so hidden:) Our staff and volunteers love what they do and it is easy to share those stories with folks like yourselves that are interested in our area. Thank you for the review! More 

Las Vegas, Nevada
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133 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

On this trip I stopped at about 12 different museums and this was one of the best!! I really enjoyed my time here and spent nearly two hours looking at all the exhibits. They were all interesting. First the museum is housed in the old jail where they had a hanging and that makes it interesting all by itself.(you can... More 

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words...we love our museum and it makes us happy to share it with our guests. Please come back for another visit as we are working on some new and exciting additions. More 

Cincinnati
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Very interesting! Even our teen daughters loved it. A lot crammed into a smallish space...tons of interesting stories to read and wonderful things to see.

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

This is truly a huge compliment, when teenagers can find amusing things that is special:) Thanks so much for spending time with us! More 

Denver, Colorado
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150 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This is an interesting place - part jail, part library and part museum! The history of the area is interesting, and I would return.

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review, you got us, part jail, part library part museum and hopefully completely fun and interesting! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

Wow! Great museum with personal stories, photos and items from Montana's rich history! The museum is located in the old jail and has it's history as well. Lot's of stories and info of all the ladies of Montana that played all kinds of rolls in the progress of this state.

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the kind words, we love our history and we love our guests! More 

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