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Fort Benton Museums & Heritage Complex

Old Fort Park, Fort Benton, MT 59442
+1 406-622-5316
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Exceptionally well done museums

Given the small size of Fort Benton (just 1,200 or so), one might not expect it to have the best... read more

Reviewed 6 August 2016
Oxford, United Kingdom
via mobile
Great side trip

Went here on our way through Montana and were glad we did. Entry fee to the museum gets you into... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
David B
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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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  • Average3%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible0%
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Old Fort Park, Fort Benton, MT 59442
+1 406-622-5316
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Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Given the small size of Fort Benton (just 1,200 or so), one might not expect it to have the best museums. And yet their museums are exceptionally well done - many of the displays and artefacts were impressive and it seemed a genuine shame that...More

Thank Will23C1982
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Went here on our way through Montana and were glad we did. Entry fee to the museum gets you into the old Fort and everything else there. We went to the Interperative Center first. You can use your Nat'l Parks Pass for free entrance here...More

Thank David B
Reviewed 17 July 2016

A lot of effort has gone into restoring the fort and telling its story. This is not the Little Big Horn battlefield but it does tell the story of the dangers of western expansion in the 19th century.

Thank Toby G
Reviewed 9 July 2016

We really enjoyed the history of this town. The museums and hard surface walkways with history signs and story boards made it and interesting place to visit.

Thank Jean1873
Reviewed 1 July 2016

My husband and I were visiting Great Falls, MT(enjoyable) and took a side trip to Ft. Benton, about 45 minutes north on Highway 87. Loved the museums and the gorgeous town and the Missouri River. We walked everywhere and enjoyed. This is worth your time!...More

Thank concertina61
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

For a town as small as Fort Benton, this museum was fantastic! Several exhibit rooms. Loved the different collectibles from different eras. The village had so many different buildings with displays in each. Being a retired teacher, the one-room schoolhouse was my favorite. Do not...More

Thank byumom
Reviewed 10 May 2016

This area has a lot of history and is tied in to the open range era of this nation. Conrad Kohrs came threw there as did Lewis and Clark. There is not enough detail on the historical aspects of the area. There is an enormous...More

Thank Marc D
Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

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

Thank cc j
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.

Thank RonTSmithers_B_C_
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...More

1  Thank Joe F
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