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Western Heritage Center

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Address: 2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101-2305
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+1 406-256-6809
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Connect with your family as you share quality time exploring the many...

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.

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Worth a stop if you're in Billings

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... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2016
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Billings, Montana
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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
Billings, Montana
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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 great local history about the Yellowstone Valley and it's farming, rivers and cultur. My favorite... More 

2 Thank Mike Y
Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 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 Hippy Shake" which was written by a local resident and singer, and later recorded by... More 

Thank Donald K
Cincinnati, Ohio
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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
Sioux City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
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
Billings, Montana
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Reviewed 29 July 2016

Love bringing students or grandchildren there.they always have hands on exhibits which really engages the children's learning.most museums are on a look but don't touch bases.

1 Thank gertrudeshouse
McDonough GA
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Reviewed 9 July 2016

The building itself is neat, a turn of the 20th century library, and it's located in the historic rough-and-tumble saloon and bawdy house area of Billings. The exhibits are kind of sparse. Still not a bad way to pass a few minutes.

Thank burns41
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Reviewed 16 June 2016

This building was formerly used as a library. Now, as a heritage museum, depicts life centuries ago in Billings. Lots of fascinating information and details for the visitor. A must attraction while in Billings.

2 Thank borntotravel863
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

I find that just the building is a work of art... As well as the exhibits... Gives a quick overview of the Yellowstone river valley and the various treasure with in. Amazing what they do with a small staff and lots of energy. The Thursday talks once a month are most appealing and even though I am a born and... More 

Thank Sondra D
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Reviewed 4 December 2015

My wife and I went in for the first time just to see our grandsons Art exhibit which was inspiring to say the least. The inside heritage works weren't too bad though I've seen many better in Montana. Too we couldn't see much of the most bragged about cabin outside, locked up and not available to tour.

Thank ronmL7713GJ
Lisa O, Manager at Western Heritage Center, responded to this review

Hi! Thanks for coming to the student exhibit opening. We're glad you enjoyed it - we think the student artwork is pretty great too. The cabin wasn't open the evening you attended because it was a special event intended to direct attendee attention toward the great student work. Please feel free to come back to visit the JK Ralston Studio... More 

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