Montana Historical Society

Montana’s story is shaped by the beauty and wonder of its mountains, prairies, rugged landscapes, natural resources and clear waters.

The interaction between nature and the people who have called this place home completes that story and provides a vision of the past as well as the future.

We invite you to find those stories and seek your own vision of what we call “The Last Best Place” by visiting the Montana Historical Society next to the State Capitol in Helena.

Our exhibits are world-class. From the artwork of Charles M. Russell that memorializes Native Americans, free trappers and cowboys, to the land that Lewis and Clark passed through when Native Americans called it home, to the miners, foresters, homesteaders and community builders that came after, Montana’s Museum is a feast for the eyes and the intellect.

If you are travelling to Montana for vacation or work, we also have a brand new free mobile app that allows us to accompany you on your travels and share the stories of Montana. The MHS ExploreBig app is available on Google Play and Apple App Store for both Android and IOS devices. If you want to learn more at home, it is also on the web at

Let us ride along with you as you travel Montana.

Our friendly staff at the Montana Historical Society will answer your questions, help you plan stops along your route, and guide you to Montana museums and galleries that fit your interests and schedule.

We also want to thank Lee Newspapers of Montana for their support in working with all of us to get this great publication put together and in your hands. Celebrate Montana history and “Cultural Treasures” with us.

Bruce Whittenberg
Director Montana Historical Society