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Western Heritage Center

2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101-2305
+1 406-256-6809
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Beautiful building

On a rainy day, we visited museums in Billings. We loved seeing this historic library. And the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Disappointing museum

Located in a historic building in downtown Billings, this museum has limited things to see. There... read more

Reviewed 9 September 2017
Templeton, California
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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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2822 Montana Ave, Billings, MT 59101-2305
+1 406-256-6809
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a rainy day, we visited museums in Billings. We loved seeing this historic library. And the exhibits of daily life were terrific. The map display was unique and educated us about the changes in governing this area over 200+ years.

Thank jmch491
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Located in a historic building in downtown Billings, this museum has limited things to see. There is alot about Billings in 20's to 50's and a good display of race discrimination here. On the plus side, there are two armchairs you can sit in and...More

Thank mermaid82001
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Not what I expected, mostly information on the local town/area history. It's only $5 and shouldn't take more than an hour to go through. There was a small native american display, one on football and a section on the "southsiders" - the part of town...More

Thank hulagirl78749
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Modest entrance fee to see mostly information on the earliest settlers and the three main Native American tribes. We enjoyed the video about the sugar beet crop and the map that continues to change digitally enabling you to see how mostly the western states were...More

Thank Kay M
Reviewed 20 June 2017

The museum is in the old Billings library. It has a variety of exhibits on western art, Cheyenne Indian history and art, importance of the railroad in Billings. The city was named for the president of the Northern Pacific RR. There are videos, photographs, and...More

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 18 June 2017

We were attracted by the building and cabin located inside the fenced area nearby. Admission to the museum was free the day we visited because about a 1/3 was closed for reorganization. The remaining area was interesting with rather limited displays. It seemed much of...More

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

This is mostly a collection of old miscellaneous junk. Not really impressed by anything except "The Real West" collection of photos and quotes from settlers. Those provided a heartwarming, often terrifying glimpse into what it must have been like to try to tame homesteaded land...More

Thank footloosefogey
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

I visited this museum with 2 kids (ages 9 and 8), definitely good value for a learning experience like this. There are a number of interactive exhibits that the kids were able to read and play with including the post office boxes where they could...More

Thank Krista D
Reviewed 27 May 2017

The Western Heritage Center is in the original library of Billings. The architecture of the building is absolutely lovely. There are lots of original elements, like the hardwood floors, doors including hardware, the librarians desk, radiators, windows, and beautiful spiral staircase. The library was moved...More

Thank AnnaHall91
Lisa O, Manager at Western Heritage Center, responded to this reviewResponded 30 May 2017

Thanks for your review, Anna. The amount of detail that you remembered from your visit really shows that you were paying attention - wow!

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
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14 August 2016|
Response from Lisa O | Property representative |
$5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students, $1 for kids. Memberships are also available ($100 - family; $75 - couple; $40 - individual; $35 senior/student).
14 August 2016|
Response from gertrudeshouse | Reviewed this property |
Depends on size of family adults are5.00 students with I.d. and seniors are 3.00 and children under 12 are a dollar