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Gallatin History Museum

317 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576
+1 406-522-8122
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Great museum!

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum. Used to be the jail and some of the cells are still there... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Marti M
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Gainesville, Virginia
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Looking for History.

Was quite and not many people there. Literally, had the place to myself which was very pleasant... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Ruben L
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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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317 W Main St, Bozeman, MT 59715-4576
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+1 406-522-8122
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum. Used to be the jail and some of the cells are still there. Employees were helpful and knowledgeable and the atmosphere was perfect for a small town museum. The exhibits were very interesting, highly recommend this for a visit back...More

Thank Marti M
GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Marti, Thank you so much for taking time to review our museum and share your experience while visiting. We are so very thankful for the wonderful items we have in our collection that have donated over the years that tell the unique stories of the...More

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Was quite and not many people there. Literally, had the place to myself which was very pleasant, plenty of time to enjoy the museum and learn more of Bozeman, MT's history.More

Thank Ruben L
GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We like those quiet days here too! It is a special place and if you listen closely enough on those days the voices from the past come through the artifacts and the photographs. Thank you for taking the time to review our museum and we...More

Reviewed 24 September 2017

This is a great little local museum in Milan street and the volunteer who orients you was just great in his history of the area from early time through the early days, the discovery of Yellowstone etc. etc. Well worth it just to listen to...More

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GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our museum and to share your experience here on Trip Advisor. We love to share the stories of the history of our area and have the best volunteers here, many of which have been volunteering...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017

Centrally located in Bozeman, with an associated parking lot, this gem of history is a must visit place for anyone interested in learning more about the movement west. The building has lots of exhibits with historical significance, personal stories, several jail cells with funny signs...More

Thank Steven I
GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Steven, We are so thankful for your review, as you pointed out everything that we have been working to accomplish this past year to increase the quality of experience for our guests. We feel thankful to be the stewards of this great collection and it...More

Reviewed 25 August 2017

Whether you are with a family or visiting by your self, the Gallatin History Museum is a must see! The volunteers were so knowledgeable about Bozeman history and really made it come to life with stories and a lot of great exhibits.More

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GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for your review, many of our guests say that they are surprised at all the stories that we are able to tell in this intimate space. We are changing out exhibits and creating new programs all the time and hope that...More

Reviewed 15 August 2017

This museum is a really good history museum with some interesting things to see. The staff was very friendly and helpful telling us of other places to visit and how to get there. This was located right downtown, so parking was kind of hard to...More

Thank 1956quilter
GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

We love sharing our museum and we love sharing our community. It is so nice for us to be located in such a historic building right in the middle of all the action of our vibrant downtown. For others visiting keep in mind that we...More

Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Located in the old jail building, this museum is very well done and gives the visitor a real appreciation of Bozeman, MT. There are numerous cells spread out over two floors and you can go into every one. They even have the drop platform and...More

Thank Texan78541
GallatinHistory, Executive Director at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you so much for taking time to write this review! You discovered a wonderful secret that we all know here at the museum and that is our amazing volunteer and docent Helen. We are so fortunate to be located in this building and also...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017

This museum is several rooms it what was an old jail. It has an amazing amount of old items and pictures and tells the story of the founding and history of Bozeman and the surrounding areas. We were created by a volunteer who had alot...More

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

We love it when we get to share the stories of the Gallatin County and some of the amazing personal accounts that has always made this area a special place to live and to visit. Thank you for taking the time to share this review!

Reviewed 26 April 2017

The Gallatin History Museum, located in the old Gallatin County jail has something for everyone. Children love learning about the old jail and can even experience being in a jail cell. For those who like the old theater experience, there is a small theater upstairs...More

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GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2017

Thank you for taking the time to not only visit the museum but also share this review. We love kiddos in the museum and like that kids can have a great time while their "drivers" can also enjoy the history of the area and check...More

Reviewed 2 November 2016

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.

Thank JoseEscalante
GallatinHistory, Public Relations Manager at Gallatin History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2016

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!

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