Top 5 museums to visit in the Magic City

Trying to find something interesting to explore in the Magic City? Visit Billings lists several places to visit around town that are fun and intriguing to explore. These five places are filled with history, arts and culture.

A few places to visit in Billings have been there since the town was in its infancy: Western Heritage Center iit’s one of them. The Western Heritage Museum is a historical museum with exhibits encapsulating life in the Yellowstone River Valley over 100 years ago. Even more interesting is the heritage center building that was once the town’s original library, called the Parmly Billings Library. The Westen Heritage Center offers seven on-site exhibits and several walking tours showing historic sites in Billings. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Another historical museum is the Moss Mansion, built in the early 1900s and which was the home of the Moss family for many years. Preston Boyd Moss and his wife Martha, nicknamed Mattie, have made great strides in urbanizing the community of Billings. The Moss Mansion Museum can also be rented for weddings and other special events, a perfect romantic setting with a unique historical context. From September 1, the museum is changing its general visiting hours, which will be closed on Tuesdays and open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for visits at your own pace. Guided tours without reservation of the historic house-museum are on Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Yellowstone County Museum overlooks the city of Billings sitting atop the rims and located next to Billings Logan International Airport. The museum features historical artifacts from Montana’s past in the authentic McCormick Log Cabin. The cabin was once a space for special gatherings held by Paul McCormick in the early 1890s. The McCormick cabin was once located in downtown Billings, but was moved to its current location in 1954. museum hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The Tippet Art Center is in Fishtail, Montana, a short drive from Billings, showcasing art, nature and architecture in a very unique way. The center is located on a 12,500-acre sheep and cattle ranch, hosting large-scale exhibits, recitals, and outdoor sculpture. Musical performances are also played inside and outside the art center. Tippet Rise Art Center programs aim to create memorable experiences for all visitors. Tours of the art center fill up quickly, so those interested in visiting are advised to book early.

Located in downtown Billings is the Yellowstone Art Museum, which has been part of the Billings community for over 50 years. The museum features exhibits of contemporary art and works of art from different historical periods of the American Northwest. In addition to beautiful art exhibitions, the museum also hosts art and cooking classes! The Yellowstone Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum also has special hours every first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visiting any of these museums is an action-packed day of viewing exquisite works of art and engaging with Billings history!

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