Last updated: 1/18/2011
Helena, Montana
Street Address
225 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620
Mailing Address
PO Box 201201
Helena, MT 59620
phone: 406-444-2694
Memorial Day through Labor Day
Monday - Saturday8 AM - 5 PM
Closed holidays and Sundays.
Labor Day through Memorial Day
Monday - Wednesday, Friday - Saturday8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday8 AM - 8 PM
closed Sundays and holidays.
$5 adult, $1 5-16, family $12
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Tom Cook, public information officer
phone: 406-444-1645

Established in 1865, the Montana Historical Society is one of the oldest institutions of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Learn more about Montana's Museum, the Montana Historical Society Press, Montana The Magazine of Western History, the Montana State Historic Preservation Office, and the MHS Research Center. Join in the countless programs we offer through our Outreach and Interpretation division, or shop in our unique Museum Store in person or online.

The Montana Historical Society Museum, Montana's Museum, collects, preserves, and interprets fine art, historical, archaeological, and ethnological artifacts that pertain to Montana and its adjoining geographic region. Montana's Museum is where history and land come together in the story of the people who have called Montana home. Located near the State Capitol in Helena, the museum is an essential part of a meaningful travel experience in Montana.

You can enjoy Montana's rich history in your own home with a subscription to the Society's award-winning journal, Montana The Magazine of Western History. And when you join the Society as a member, you'll receive the magazine, along with free admission to Montana's Museum, discounts on store purchases, and many other membership perks.

Plan your next business meeting, after-hours event, or private gathering at the Montana Historical Society.

If you haven't been to the Montana Historical Society, you will find a true gem in expeeriencing and understanding the West. We are the oldest such institution west of the Mississippi River founded in 1865. We were among the first museums in the nation accredited by the American Association of Museums, and our exhibits and artwork are world-class. Charlie Russell not only was a better painter than Remington, he also was a real Montana cowboy before he went to lighter pursuits!! We have the best gallery of his work anywhere including his masterpiece "When the Land Belonged to God." On our website you will find "the Western Rendezvous of Art" that brings art lovers and the best artists in the nation together in Montana every summer. We take our history here as seriously as we do our fun!!!! Come see us, we'll be waiting.



Founded in 1865 by one of the first acts of the Montana Territorial Legislature. Montanans have always known what they are doing on this land is special -- from our Native Americans to those who came later. We tell all the stories of Montana.

Artifact Collections

extensive and complete from Native American to traping, mining, homesteading, ranching, cowboying and modern times.

Research Collections

best in the west used by such noted researchers as Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, Robert Redford, and many many authors and historians -- as well as history buffs. Photo archives over 500,000 imagages.

Educational Programs

all of the above and much more, we are Montana's Historical Society and we do programs and hold events across the state and on all Native American Reservations.


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: No


The Society is home to "Montana The Magazine of the West" which is the premier and nationally award-winning history magazine in the nation. We also have what is the state's only academic press and publish one or two books a year.
1. Montana The Magazine of the West
2=Montana Star newspaper for the members
3=annual report
4=numerous and great books


Wheelchair Accessible


Gift Shop

Group Tours

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