If you yearn for outdoor adventure, Billings provides nearly limitless opportunities thanks to our pristine lands, scenic beauty, and rugged, rustic charm. If you’re interested in cultural events, Billings will astound you with its impressive selection of music, theater, museums and dining. Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it in Billings, Montana’s Trailhead.
- Buffalo Bill Historical Center
- The Buffalo Bill Historical Center offers five fantastic museums under one roof!
The Buffalo Bill Museum examines both the personal and public lives of W.F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and seeks to interpret his story in the context of the history and myth of the American West.
The Whitney Gallery of Western Art presents an outstanding collection of masterworks of the American West. Original paintings, sculptures and prints trace artistic interpretations of the West from the early 19th century to today.
The Plains Indian Museum features one of the country's largest and finest collections of Plains Indian art and artifacts. Explore the cultural histories, artistry and living traditions of Plains Indian peoples, including the Arapaho, Crow, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Comanche, Blackfeet, Sioux, Gros Ventre, Shoshone and Pawnee.
The Cody Firearms Museum contains the world's most comprehensive assemblage of American arms, as well as European arms dating to the 16th century.
The Draper Museum of Natural History integrates the humanities with natural sciences to interpret the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and adjacent intermountain basins.
The Harold McCracken Research Library advances the understanding, appreciation and study of the American West.
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, WY 82414
- Custer Battlefield Museum
- A registered historic site, Garryowen, the only town within the Battlefield is located at I-90 Exit 514 just south of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and Custer National Cemetery. The site is just one-hour’s drive from Billings, Montana or from Sheridan, Wyoming. The Battle of the Little Bighorn began on this quiet riverbank when 7th Cavalry troops attacked Sitting Bull's camp in the first military action of the West's most famous battle. This grassy riverbank is where Major Marcus Reno's troops attacked Sitting Bull's camp on the afternoon of June 25th, 1876 under Lt. Col. George A. Custer's command. For a century the battle was known as "Custer's Last Stand" or the "Custer Massacre.”
From Garryowen, visitors can view all of the famous locations associated with the Battle of the Little Bighorn, including the site where Custer was last seen alive, Major Reno's hilltop defense site, Weir Point, Last Stand Hill, Medicine Tail Coulee, the Crow's Nest, and Wolf Mountains.
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is the burial site of one of the first casualties of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The granite tomb was dedicated during the Burial of the Hatchet Ceremony in 1926 at Garryowen, during the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn after the discovery of the Unknown Soldiers body when building the interstate. White Bull Sioux Indian and General Godfrey performed the ceremony in front of 50,000 observers. The Granite "Peace Memorial" behind the Tomb was dedicated on the 125th Anniversary of the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
The town is now privately owned and operated by Christopher Kortlander. It is the site of the Custer Battlefield Museum, a Federal Post Office, Conoco Gas Station, convenience store, Subway sandwich shop, Historical Rarities and rest area.
The Custer Battlefield Museum houses extensive new exhibits including hundreds of Custer Battlefield artifacts from the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the Plains Indian War period.
Documentaries are shown hourly in the theatre adjacent to the museum and give logistical battle bearings to visitors before they begin the historical voyage through the Museum, then move on to the Little Bighorn Battlefield. Important Indian War period artifacts and manuscripts related to Custer, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the 7th Cavalry, as well as an acclaimed collection of highly historic photographs by D.F. Barry, are part of the exhibit. Preserved, for example, is the contract for Sitting Bull's appearance in the famous Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. This is the only contract signed by Sitting Bull known to exist.
The exhibit area houses a lock of Custer's Hair, Captain Tom W. Custer's Kerr revolver, Little Wolf's battle-worn eagle feather war bonnet, war clubs and trade knives, cavalry spurs and a U.S. Cavalry pistol dropped on the Reno retreat route - still fully loaded.
Significant collection of battle vintage beaded clothing on exhibit adds to bronzes, paintings, and other memorabilia to create an educational tour through the vanished American frontier.
For tourist and lodging information about Garryowen please feel free to call 406-638-1876.
Custer Battlefield Museum, Town Hall,
Garryowen, MT 59031
- Moss Mansion Historic House Museum
- Step into history with a one-hour guided tour of the Moss Mansion Historic House Museum. The tour captures early turn-of-the-century life as the Preston Boyd Moss family lived it. Visitors see original draperies, fixtures, furniture, Persian carpets and artifacts displayed in the 1903 red sandstone structure. Designed by the New York architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, designer of the original Waldorf Astoria, Plaza Hotels, Willard Hotel, and Copley Hotel. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Moss Mansion has been included as a chapter in the book Great American Homes, published by Reader's Digest, on the A & E Network program on America's Castles entitled Frontier Castles, and in the National Geographic Guide to America's Great Houses.
914 Division St.
Billings, MT 59101
- Museum of Women's History
- The purpose of the Museum of Women's History:
To establish a museum for the preservation of women's history; To provide for study and research activities and for the dissemination of information about women's history; To facilitate the understanding of historical processes and events from the perspective of women; To accept and display artifacts which depict or illustrate the evolution of women's history.
The Museum of Women’s History was founded in May 1995 at Montana State University-Billings by Dorothy McLaughlin with the support of Chancellor Ronald Sexton. The Museum's first location was in the basement of McMullen Hall at Montana State University-Billings. The Museum quickly outgrew its space at the University and moved to the present downtown Billings location where it now has more room for exhibits, archives, and artifacts. There is also a research library and Museum office.
The Museum is open to everyone and the exhibits proudly reflect the lives of women everywhere -- not just Montana. It is a museum of all ages, for all ages. Exhibits feature women from all walks of life, all professions, all ethnic groups and perspectives locally and internationally. Admission is free and donations are gratefully accepted.
2822 3rd Ave N # B3
Billings, MT 59101
- Western Heritage Center
- The Western Heritage Center is a regional museum whose collections, exhibits and programs tell the stories of life in the Yellowstone River Valley. Located in historic downtown Billings, the building that houses the Western Heritage Center is the former Parmly Billings Memorial Library, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Accredited by the American Association of Museums and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Western Heritage Center provides both long term and changing exhibits with interactive components, as well as educational programs for visitors of all ages. The museum cares for over 16,000 artifacts and an extensive collection that illustrates and documents the history of the Yellowstone River Valley.
Guided tours are available for groups with reservations.
2822 Montana Avenue
Billings, MT 59101
- Yellowstone Art Museum
- The Yellowstone Art Museum is a unique and important visual arts center for Montana and the surrounding region. Founded in 1964, it is now a fully accredited museum. Contact the Museum for a current exhibition schedule or visit their website: http://yellowstone.artmuseum.org/
In 1984, with a major grant from the Montana Coal Tax Fund and generous donations from private individuals, the Yellowstone Art Museum began to build a permanent collection of significant contemporary art of the region. The 'Montana Collection' represents the preservation of Western art relevant to today's West, and constitutes a living artistic heritage.
By 1991 there were 609 objects in the collection. Today there are over 3000, exceeding all expectations for growth and popularity. Major gifts from the estates of three prominent artists have tripled the size of the collection since 1992.
Additionally, the acquisition of the Virginia Snook Collection, the largest public gathering of the drawings, paintings, books and memorabilia of cowboy illustrator Will James (1892-1942), has given the Art Museum's collection another popular dimension.
The Snook collection also includes paintings and drawings by other historic regional artists, including J.H. Sharp, Charles M. Russell and others. The expanded museum will provide the physical space to present this artistic continuum to residents and tourists alike.
The beautiful building which houses Montana's finest collection of contemporary regional art is also available to house your party. If you're planning a convention, a meeting, a wedding reception, or just a gathering with friends, we have the space to suit your needs.
401 North 27th Street
Billings, MT 59101
- Yellowstone County Museum
- Yellowstone County Museum was organized in 1953 and sits atop the rims at Logan International Airport overlooking the city of Billings and the scenic Yellowstone River Valley. Entrance to the more than 15,000 artifacts representing the area’s history is through a pioneer log cabin. The museum is free of charge and open 11 months of the year. It is truly a treasure chest of Montana's past and is supported by funding from Yellowstone County and private donations.
A wealthy cattleman’s den, a log cabin, built in Billings in 1892, houses a collection of items from the Yellowstone Valley. Included in the collection a ‘Roundup Wagon’ or ‘Chuck Wagon’ a sheep wagon, Native American artifacts, and cowboy and western artifacts. The museum is much larger than it appears as over 5,000 square feet of display area is located in the lower level.
1950 Terminal Circle
Billings, MT 59105