Are you one of those people who longs to see a real wild animal such as a grizzly bear, wolf or big horn sheep' Although wildlife is plentiful in Montana, not everyone is fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time. The Wildlife Museum of the West in Ennis is the next best thing.
Owners Larry & Stephanie Altimus have created an awesome museum of life size animals. More than ninety different animals are on display in habitat diorama settings. They even allow you to take pictures.
If you want to see bison, deer, elk, black bears, mountain goats, moose, mountain lions or caribou this is the place to visit. And, if you are a bird watcher you might want to check out the pygmy owl, golden eagle and numerous other birds. Have you ever seen a pine marten, fisher or ermine' All creatures great and small can be found in this little known museum. Also the animals are in family groups.
Recent visitor comments include: 'This is Smithsonian quality.' .
'I am a teacher in Colorado and would love to be able to take my students to see something as incredible as this.' .
'This was just what my child needed.' .
'This three year-old spend more than an hour looking at each animal and calling them by name. He loved the wall with actual fur and antlers he could touch and feel.' .
'I have been through a lot of museums all over the country but I have never seen any with this quality of taxidermy. I am very impressed.' .
'I had no idea this was here.'
The admission fee for the privately owned museum goes to maintaining and improving the museum. Children 6 years and under are free. Classes of students are welcomed by appointment.
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