Montana Historical Society

Visit to explore fascinating exhibits for all ages. Our Mackay Gallery features an unparalleled collection of celebrated "Cowboy Artist" Charles M. Russell. The "Neither Empty Nor Unknown" exhibit showcases Montana in 1804-1806 and the peoples who called it their home, dynamically illustrating the land was neither empty nor uncharted wilderness when the Lewis and Clark Expedition traveled through here. Our newest exhibit, "Who Speaks to You? Portraits from the Permanent Collection," includes an eclectic mix of paintings, juxtaposed to encourage visitors to look at portraits in a new way.

The Society library, archives, and photo archives are a draw for historians and genealogists. The MHS archives contains manuscript collections of topics including business, finance, mining, homesteading, ranching, the pioneer era, and social organizations. The archives also have oral history recordings, photographs, and more than 1 million digitized newspaper pages.

The Society publishes 'Montana The Magazine of Western History' and history books. The museum store is a treasure trove of Western and Made in Montana books and gifts. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children and $12 per family. Free admission on the second Saturday of each month.

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    • Helena, MT 59601
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    • Helena, MT 59620
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