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Western Heritage Center

2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101-2305
+1 406-256-6809
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History of Billins and Eastern Montana

The museum is in the old Billings library. It has a variety of exhibits on western art, Cheyenne... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Kutztown, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Rated 3, But More Like a 2 Plus. Part Was Closed the Day We Visited.

We were attracted by the building and cabin located inside the fenced area nearby. Admission to... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2017
Mary B
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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Connect with your family as you share quality time exploring the many interactive exhibits at the Western Heritage Center - all year long! The many exhibits at the museum include both permanent and regularly changing galleries, and will allow for hours of educational fun for all ages. The Western Heritage Center is a regional museum whose collections, exhibits and programs tell the stories of life in the Yellowstone River Valley. Located in historic downtown Billings, the building that houses the Western Heritage Center is the former Parmly Billings Memorial Library, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Accredited by the American Association of Museums and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Western Heritage Center provides both long term and changing exhibits with interactive components, as well as educational programs for visitors of all ages. The museum cares for over 16,000 artifacts and an extensive collection that illustrates and documents the history of the Yellowstone River Valley.
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good49%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101-2305
+1 406-256-6809
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

The museum is in the old Billings library. It has a variety of exhibits on western art, Cheyenne Indian history and art, importance of the railroad in Billings. The city was named for the president of the Northern Pacific RR. There are videos, photographs, and...More

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 18 June 2017

We were attracted by the building and cabin located inside the fenced area nearby. Admission to the museum was free the day we visited because about a 1/3 was closed for reorganization. The remaining area was interesting with rather limited displays. It seemed much of...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is mostly a collection of old miscellaneous junk. Not really impressed by anything except "The Real West" collection of photos and quotes from settlers. Those provided a heartwarming, often terrifying glimpse into what it must have been like to try to tame homesteaded land...More

Thank footloosefogey
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

I visited this museum with 2 kids (ages 9 and 8), definitely good value for a learning experience like this. There are a number of interactive exhibits that the kids were able to read and play with including the post office boxes where they could...More

Thank Krista D
Reviewed 27 May 2017

The Western Heritage Center is in the original library of Billings. The architecture of the building is absolutely lovely. There are lots of original elements, like the hardwood floors, doors including hardware, the librarians desk, radiators, windows, and beautiful spiral staircase. The library was moved...More

Thank AnnaHall91
Lisa O, Manager at Western Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thanks for your review, Anna. The amount of detail that you remembered from your visit really shows that you were paying attention - wow!

Reviewed 31 January 2017

If you are new to Billings or just passing through, this is worth an hour of your time. Interesting information on the plains and the history of the area.

Thank Hester J
Reviewed 29 September 2016

The Western Heritage Center is a nice stopping spot as you cruise through downtown Billings. It doesn't take too long to go through but is quite educational. I visited while they had the motorcycle exhibit which was cool with antique bikes and pictures. It has...More

2  Thank Mike Y
Reviewed 21 August 2016

This museum was a bit different then what I expected. There was a display of motorcycles and art among the exhibits. To me the most interesting part was being able to sit in a sound booth and hear the history of the song "The Hippy...More

Thank OnTheRoadAgain1056
Reviewed 20 August 2016

We visited on our way from Seattle to Ohio. We weren't sure what to expect but they have some nice exhibits and very friendly staff. The native American toys were probably my favorite.

1  Thank DenaNechama
Reviewed 11 August 2016

This isn't a real elaborate place but it has some very nice and varied displays. It's inexpensive and a nice way to spend an hour or two just to get an idea about the history of the area. The high school project was very nice.

1  Thank jnobz
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14 August 2016|
Response from Lisa O | Property representative |
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students, $1 for kids. Memberships are also available ($100 - family; $75 - couple; $40 - individual; $35 senior/student).
14 August 2016|
Response from gertrudeshouse | Reviewed this property |
Depends on size of family adults are5.00 students with I.d. and seniors are 3.00 and children under 12 are a dollar