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Montana Natural History Center

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Address: 120 Hickory St., Suite A, Missoula, MT 59801-1820
Phone Number:
+1 406-327-0405
12:00 - 16:00
Closed now
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Tue - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The mission of the Montana Natural History Center (MNHC) is to promote and...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 20 October 2016
Charlotte F
Spokane, Washington, United States
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Spokane, Washington, United States
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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
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Reviewed 22 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
Vancouver, Washington
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19 reviews
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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 through on your way to Washington, stop here.

1 Thank Amy Z
Montecito, California
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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.

Thank orv m
Allison D, Communications Coordinator at Montana Natural History Center, responded to this review

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 field days and Master Naturalist classes for adults. Our exhibit center is but a small... More 

Texarkana, Texas
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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 by some company that was sponsoring visits (thank you whoever that was!). Looks like they... More 

Thank Charitonenko
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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 of the ice lake and subsequent flood during the ice age. There is a small... More 

Thank Virginia W
Missoula, Montana
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Reviewed 20 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 and really engage the kids.

Thank Michaela H
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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
Solomon, Kansas
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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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Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

Went there with my girls aged 8 and 6. They love it! The taxidermy is wonderful and the kids area is great. My girls love it.

Thank Jonathan H

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