President: Renee Christiansen
t. 406 861 8181

Yellowstone Historical Society
P.O. Box 21801
Billings, MT 59104



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Greater Billings and Yellowstone County is home to many historical museums that help document our history from past to present.

Area Museums and Galleries

  • Western Heritage Center +
    Incorporated in 1971, the Western Heritage Center began as a community center to display a private collection of western artifacts. Over the years, it has grown to include nationally recognized education and outreach programs, long term exhibits with interactive components, traveling exhibits, a vast collection of historic artifacts, fine art, textiles, photographs and memorabilia and climate controlled archival storage.

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  • Yellowstone Art Museum +
    The Yellowstone Art Museum exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all.

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  • Moss Mansion +
    Designed by New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria and Plaza Hotels, the mansion showcases inspired architecture, unrivaled craftsmanship and exquisite d├ęcor. The mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has graced the silver screen on several occasions as the perfect site for period films such as Son of the Morning Star and Return to Lonesome Dove.

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  • Yellowstone County Muesum +
    Opened to the public in 1956, the Yellowstone County Museum offers its visitors an astonishing array of cultural artifacts and one of a kind memorabilia drawn from the earliest days of the pioneer into the mid 20th century. Housed inside of the historic McCormick Cabin, the Yellowstone County Museum is a treasure trove of American history inside and out.

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  • Museum of Women's History +
    The Museum of Women's History was founded in May 1995 at Montana State University-Billings by Dorothy McLaughlin with the support of Chancellor Ronald Sexton. The Museum's first location was in the basement of McMullen Hall at Montana State University-Billings. The Museum quickly outgrew its space at the University and moved to the present downtown Billings location where it now has more room for exhibits, archives and artifacts. There is also a research library and Museum office.

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  • High Plains Women's Museum +
    For eight years, our passion has been to actively share answers to this question with youth and the elderly through interactive family festivities, personal storytelling, vintage fashion shows, ethnic exhibits, Indian powwows with live drummers and dancing, Mexican dancers, Hawaiian music & dance, Oriental hands-on crafts, and skill-building activities that highlight all the racial groups.

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  • Huntley Project Museum +
    In the semiarid Northern Great Plains scarcity of water dictated land use and settlement. The Yellowstone River Valley in south central Montana supplied drinking water and a means of transportation for thousands of years. Lewis and Clark traveled down the river on July 25, 1806 through what would become the Huntley Irrigation Project .

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