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Montana Natural History Center

120 Hickory St., Suite A, Missoula, MT 59801-1820
+1 406-327-0405
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Videos were the Best

The natural history portion of the center is quite small. However the videos of the Lake Missoula... read more

Reviewed 30 July 2017
Columbia Falls, Montana
Fun for all

We stopped to learn more about the ice age floods but were delighted to see all the animals on... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Charlotte F
Spokane, Washington, United States
via mobile
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The mission of the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is to promote and cultivate the understanding, appreciation and stewardship of nature through education. MNHC offers numerous programs for children, including week-long summer outdoor discovery day camps for pre-K through 5th grade, weekly pre-school programs, Saturday Kids' Activities, and Center Visits. For adults there are occasional evening programs including Naturalist Trivia and Evening with a Naturalist, as well as Naturalist Field Days on a variety of topics, from raptor migration to lichens to Glacial Lake Missoula. MNHC also offers several Montana Master Naturalist certification courses throughout the year. MNHC has a newly-renovated Exhibit Center filled with local animal specimens, information on Montana's ecosystems, a diverse fossil display, and an exhibit on Glacial Lake Missoula. There is an interactive Kids' Discovery Room, an Environmental Education Library with books for both children and adults, a small native plant garden, and a Nature Adventure Garden for outdoor play. MNHC also provides a tri-annual publication, Montana Naturalist magazine, free to members and the public, with feature articles about the flora and fauna of Montana, their ecology, habitats and conservation issues.
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“ice age” (3 reviews)
“small museum” (3 reviews)
“fossils” (2 reviews)
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120 Hickory St., Suite A, Missoula, MT 59801-1820
+1 406-327-0405
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Reviewed 30 July 2017

The natural history portion of the center is quite small. However the videos of the Lake Missoula ice breakup were great and worth the time and admission

Thank oldwoodworker
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped to learn more about the ice age floods but were delighted to see all the animals on display. Very interesting and there was a scavenger hunt which was perfect four our fourth grader

Thank Charlotte F
Reviewed 23 September 2016

Wanted to see the exhibit on the Missoula Flood which itself is worth the visit, but found the rest of this rather small museum excellent. Built with kids in mind we found ourselves fascinated and learned a lot about the local animals.

Thank ppkg
Reviewed 23 August 2016

They have 2 very good videos in their exhibit about the Missoula Floods and Washington Channeled Scablands. Lots of taxidermy and fossil exhibiits as well. 1 hour about all you need to see the Museum. But if you want info on Scablands and are passing...More

2  Thank Amy Z
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Really small museum with a few stuffed animals. It appears to be a research facility for the university. Kids might like it but we spent 15 minutes and it was time to go.More

Thank orv m
Allison D, Communications Coordinator at Montana Natural History Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 August 2016

Thanks for stopping by! The Montana Natural History Center does collaborate with the University of Montana, but we are not a research facility. Our focus is on nature education, which includes summer camps, programs in elementary schools, and center visits for kids, as well as...More

Reviewed 21 July 2016

We didn't know much about the natural history of Montana and were pleasantly surprised by the really friendly and knowledgeable staff and small but interesting exhibits. Nice place to spend an hour or so, and at least for our visit the fee was already paid...More

Thank Charitonenko
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

A twenty fifth anniversary celebration was taking place the day we visited this wonderful little museum in historic downtown. It's small and friendly where one can get up close to all the displays. And it is packed with information. We were interested in the history...More

1  Thank Virginia W
Reviewed 21 February 2016

Our kids enjoy looking at the exhibits in the museum, especially the slides that they place under the microscope In nice weather, watching outside on the path is fun too! Plus the homeschool class that meets once a month is great! The teachers are amazing...More

Thank Michaela H
Reviewed 17 February 2016

Great exhibits, wonderful staff. Great kids area. The exhibits were informative, well done and spaced out to allow a great experience.

Thank TheMDHarrisFamily
Reviewed 19 September 2015

This center has a large variety of taxidermy specimens of the area. They are nicely displayed and have interesting explanations.

Thank markels
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