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Address: Old Fort Park, Fort Benton, MT 59442
Phone Number: 14066225316
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Located in Fort Benton "The Birthplace of Montana"™ the Heritage...

Located in Fort Benton "The Birthplace of Montana"™ the Heritage Complex is the home of Old Fort Benton, The Museum of the Upper Missouri, The State of Montana's Museum of the Northern Great Plains, Homestead Village, The Hornaday Smithsonian Buffalo Gallery, The Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center, The Overholser Research Center, The Schwinden Library, and The Montana Agricultural Center.

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Couples weekend

Great place for a romantic retreat. Dinner at the restaurant was great! Be prepared for "Old fashioned" Internet access though.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 March 2016
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

Great place for a romantic retreat. Dinner at the restaurant was great! Be prepared for "Old fashioned" Internet access though.

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Smithers, B.C.
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260 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

As one walks along the town's riverbank, one can stop and read the many historical signboards and view the occasional statue and learn a bit of American (and a bit of Canadian) history.

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Great Falls, Montana
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

The whole town of Ft Benton has spent years recreating/rebuilding the old fort there dating from 1847. Starting with one of the original corner blockhouses also called a bastion they have rebuilt the fort to its original specifications. Within the standing on end log walls are several buildings including the the Trade Store, the Warehouse, the Blacksmith and Carpenter's Shop,... More 

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Whitefish, MT USA
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

A cool town with a historic hotel and you can take in a lot of history! I would imagine a river front room is extra and I do not think I would pay the difference next time.

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Deer Lodge, Montana
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221 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

The beauty of this area is great. You must do your homework before you go. The history of this area is the real gem. This has the oldest structure in Montana...the stockade. This was the jumping off spot for the Missouri River. It is the furthest point a river boat could go and could only go there in the spring.... More 

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alabama
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198 reviews
126 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2015

A wonderful neat old city, the end of the river for goods delivery before the falls; we particularly enjoyed the agricultural museum showing lots of neat old stuff from the early 1990's; things like old cars, moonshine still, Maytag roller rinser machine, plow, and a chance to take lots of pictures for your family.

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Grand Rapids, MI, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

The fort presents it's story in touchable displays and well written explanations. Be sure to visit the original blockhouse and to go upstairs as well.

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Edmond
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Fort Benton is now a quiet community on the upper Missouri, much different than the calamitous days of yore. They have done a great job rebuilding a replica of the fort, numerous statues, signs, old archecture, and of course, you are on the Missouri River, a great float trip. Spend a day goign through the town's history as the head... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

We were a group so we got a private tour from the museum's manager. Learned a lot about Fort Benton's history and about Discovery Corps. A really pleasant experience.

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Chico, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

both museum and historic fort have wonderful interpretive and historical documentation; museum in Fort with bronzes and 19th c. Swiss lithographs of European travel to this region were spectacular.

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