The 1500 acre Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site illustrates the development of the Northern Plains cattle industry from the 1850's to recent times. This was the headquarters area of one of the largest and best known 19th-century range ranches in the country. Today the ranch house, bunkhouse and outbuildings are much as they were during ranch operations from the 1860's through the 1960's.
Through guided and self-guided tours you can experience how many of Montana's outlaws "did time". Grey stone walls and towers surround the prison that was built by convict labor in the late 1800s and actively used until 1979. The Old Montana Prison is open seven days a week year-round. Daily hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day with shortened hours after Labor Day.
The Towe Ford Museum displays cars that put America on wheels . . . from the first production model in 1903 to the classic Fords of the fifties and sixties. The Towe Ford Museum houses the second largest collection of antique Fords. This outstanding collection of over 110 Fords in beautiful condition is on display seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day with shortened hours after Labor Day.
The Frontier Montana Museum hosts two of the finest collections of western memorabilia in the country. The Museum features the lifelong collections of Don Cappa and Desert John Bloomquist. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with shortened hours after Labor Day.
The Law Enforcement Museum was established to preserve the history of law enforcement in the state as well as a memorial to the 107 officers who were killed in the line of duty. It is one of only 20 throughout the United States open for public viewing. Displays include items from the Montana Highway Patrol, Sheriff and Peace Officers Association, law enforcement agencies across the state and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Museum is open from May 15 through October 29, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The story of Deer Lodge Valley unfolds when you step into the Powell County Museum in Deer Lodge, Montana. Experience what life was like in early day Montana through displays and photos of the area. See authentic Mastodon bones uncovered in a gravel quarry outside of town. Of particular interest is a collection of antique slot machines and juke boxes on loan to the museum by local collector Wes Harr and a second major collection on display is Paulie Albertson's antique gun, knife and sword collection.
Dolls of all description and size are on display from china dolls of 1860 and paper-mache of 1880 to the modern Barbie and GI Joe dolls. It features 1,000 dolls from the Hostetter collection, a new display of clown dolls from the Patricia Campbell collection, working model railroad sets, toy soldiers and many other toys that span more than a century. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with shortened hours after Labor Day.
Deer Lodge has a wealth of pioneer history. It is the second oldest town in Montana. It is just a few miles where gold was first discovered, and is home of the first college in Montana. The Clark Fork River flows gently by the campground.
Helena is the Capital City of Montana. It is nestled in the heart of the Rockies, halfway between Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, Helena is alive with history, culture and recreation. Explore Helena's rich history at the Montana Historical Society Museum, St. Helena Cathedral, downtown walking mall on historic Last Chance Gulch, Reeder's Alley and the city's mansion district. Enjoy art history by visiting the Holter Museum of Art, the Myrna Loy Center for the Performing Arts, Grandstreet Theater, the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and the Helena Symphony and Chorale. Other activities include boating, camping, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, scenic mountain drives and downhill and cross country skiing plus miles of snowmobile trails.
In Butte you'll find the Mining Museum and Lady of the Rockies. Enjoy activities like wildlife viewing, photography, history, hunting, fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, hiking, water skiing, swimming, camping, boating, sailing, rafting and wind surfing.