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Granite County Museum & Cultural Center

Philipsburg Montana

Listing Type: Museum
City: Philipsburg Montana
Region: Southwest Montana

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The Granite County Museum & Cultural Center, located in the historic Courtney Hotel on South Sansome Street, was founded in 1991, with the help of dedicated volunteers and generous donors and held its grand opening May, 1992.

The first floor of the old hotel was completely remodeled to provide museum display space, a community center, and gift shop. The museum provides visitors with the opportunity to view photographs showing what life was like for the early day miners, ranchers, and townspeople.

The Ghost Town Hall of Fame is located in the museum and gives a pictorial history of Montana ghost towns. Local residents have donated and loaned articles of clothing, furniture, and day-to-day items that were used by their ancestors. Revolving displays are changed every few months.

The Granite Mountain Mining exhibit was added in 1996. This 4000 square foot area consists of an underground mining tour, an exhibit of early mining equipment and a grand mural of the famous ghost town of Granite. Nearly 20 ghost towns are within 30 miles of Philipsburg including Granite, Tower, Garnet, New Chicago, Southern Cross and Georgetown.

The Pioneer Life exhibit on the lower level opened in 2000. It features artifacts used in everyday life 100 years ago.

A research library will be available by appointment in the summer of 2003.

Directions: The Granite County Museum and Cultural Center is located one-half block south of the main crossroads of downtown Philipsburg (Broadway and Sansome). On-street parking is available in front of the Museum and can accommodate large motor homes & trailers. Additional parking is located behind the Museum. The Museum is handicap accessible.

Granite County Museum & Cultural Center
135 South Sansome, Philipsburg, MT 59858

  • Museum
  • Historic
  • Cultural
  • Antiques
  • Exhibit
  • American Heritage
  • Tour
  • Gift Shop
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Maps
  • Parking
  • Public Restroom
  • Registered Historic Site
  • Tour
  • Unescorted Tour

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