Montana Historical Society

225 N Roberts St. , Helena , MT 59620 - United States





The Montana Historical Society is the guardian of Montana's memory. Established in 1865, one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the West, the MHS's vast historic collections of artifacts, photographs, and documents are exhibited in six extraordinary galleries. In 1969, we became the official state Archives and the repository for state agency records of permanent value.

Since the founding of the Montana Historical Society in Bannack in 1865, our historians, curators and educators have worked as a team to save and share the stories of Montana.

The mission of the Montana Historical Society is to promote an understanding and appreciation of Montana’s cultural heritage—past, present, and future.


Visit Montana's Museum on Saturday, September 21, 2019 and see the Joseph Scheuerle and Charles M. Russell exhibits.

Learn what Montanans did to support the World War I efforts in "Times of Trouble, Times of Change: Montana and the Great War." Our other galleries, "Neither Empty Nor Unknown" exploring what was in Montana before the Lewis and Clark expedition and Montana Homeland, will be open. Visit our new Ice Age exhibit and find out how you measure up to a mammoth or touch a scimitar cat! Montana's Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also visit The Original Governor's Mansion. This ornate, Queen Anne-Style mansion served as home to Montana's First Families from 1913-1959.

Tours are at 1, 2, & 3 p.m.


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