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Blaine County Museum

Chinook Montana

Listing Type: Museum
City: Chinook Montana
Region: Central Montana

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The Blaine County Museum is an historical museum with an emphasis on the homestead era. Originally opening in 1977, the museum is located in 'Griffin Hall', an historic building built in 1915. Among the many exhibits are examples of Indian culture, paleontology, an old west church, a 'tar paper' homestead shack, a doctor's office, a dentist's office, an old X-ray machine, and a homestead schoolroom. In addition, there is an outstanding multimedia presentation that tells the history of the Nez Perce War of 1877 and the battle of the Bear Paw, the last major Indian battle site.

Native American artifacts and culture make up an important part of the museum's collection, together with early photographic records of Nez Perce Life.

Military and Nez Perce artifacts from the Bear Paw Battlefield are on exhibit. The battlefield, located just sixteen miles south of Chinook, should be on your itinerary. Interpretive signs and markers line the footpath through the battlefield.

Exploration of northern Montana began with the fur traders of the mid 1700's and Lewis and Clark's Corps of Discovery expedition in 1804. Settlement did not begin in earnest until the Great Northern Railroad was completed in 1887. Prior to that time access was by means of the boom of the cattle and sheep ranching era, and their associated range wars. Large scale homesteading began only as recently as 1910. Extensive exhibits tell the story of the Nez Perce Indians, the pioneer days of the cowboy, the hardships of the homestead era, and follow Blaine County through two World Wars.

Directions: The Blaine County Museum is located four blocks off US Highway 2. When entering Chinook, turn off Highway 2 at the corner of Indiana Street, proceed four blocks to the museum location at the corner of Indiana Street and 5th Street; 501 Indiana Street

Blaine County Museum
501 Indiana, Chinook, MT 59523

  • Museum
  • Historic
  • Cultural
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Gift Shop
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Air Conditioning
  • Tour
  • Unescorted Tour

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