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Gallatin Pioneer Museum

Bozeman Montana

Listing Type: Museum
City: Bozeman Montana
Region: Yellowstone Country

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To step back in time and learn about Gallatin County's heritage, visit the Pioneer Museum in Bozeman. The museum offers a unique glimpse into the area's past. Together with jail cells and a hanging gallows, the museum has displays dealing with the pioneers who settled the valley. For example, there's a reconstructed log cabin, a model of old Fort Ellis, the infamous Big Horn Gun, Indian artifacts, five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family, and even a porcelain dolls that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864. Also a new display on Lewis and Clark in Southwest Montana.

The museum also houses more recent artifacts such as a Model 'A' and a Model 'T' automobile, old telephones and radios, clothing and other household objects. The museum also boasts a photo archive with more than 12,000 historic images that can be reproduced for a small fee. There's a research library that includes a special Lewis and Clark collection and files on many Gallatin County communities and families. The bookstore has hard-to-find materials dealing with the history of Gallatin County for sale at reasonable prices.

The Pioneer Museum is operated by the Gallatin County Historical Society, an organization founded in 1977 to preserve and promote the history of the county. The museum has been located in the old jail since 1979 and is not a County agency. It does not receive any tax dollars, but instead relies strictly on memberships, donations, and memorials to operate. Members receive a quarterly newsletter that features articles on local history.

Admission is $3.00, children 12 and under are free.

Directions: The Gallatin Pioneer Museum is located on Main Street to the immediate west of the County Courthouse and adjacent to the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Gallatin Pioneer Museum
317 West Main Street, Bozeman, MT 59715

  • Education
  • Exhibit
  • Historic
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Museum
  • Photography
  • Tour
  • Antiques
  • Books
  • Gift Shop
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Merchandise
  • Parking
  • Public Restroom
  • Registered Historic Site
  • Tour
  • Unescorted Tour
  • Lewis and Clark

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