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Gallatin History Museum, Bozeman

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Gallatin Historical Society, founded in 1977, moved into two rooms in the county jail building in 1979. Built in 1911, the jail was already considered an historic structure. When prisoners were moved to new quarters in January 1982, the county commissioners granted the Society use of the entire building for the Pioneer Museum.

In 2014 the membership voted in favor of changing the name to Gallatin History Museum to better reflect the collection and better serve the community.

Since 1982, the Gallatin History Museum has offered a variety of changing exhibits portraying earlier days in the Gallatin Valley. GHM is also active with an ambitious outreach program, sending exhibits of photographs and artifacts to fairs, banks, schools, and conferences.

Museum admission costs $5.00 per person, with school groups, members and children under 12 admitted without charge.

An extensive research library and photographic archive are available, free of charge, to visitors during regular museum hours. Many of our historical photographs are available for purchase, along with the wonderful items in the museum bookstore.
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  • This is an old jail that has exhibits of what happened in the jail from the founding of Bozeman to the time the jail was no longer used. The exhibits were interesting. But the lighting was poor...  more »
  • For a relatively small museum, this is very nicely done. The docent and staff were knowledgeable and friendly. The exhibits are well done and informatively labelled. They have an impressive book...  more »
  • Awesome tour guide! Very knowledgeable of the history of Gallatin county and the history of the building the museum is housed in. Amazing artifacts on display! Absolutely intriguing to see the actual jail cells, gallows, and read of the criminal justice activities in the newspapers just as everyone read them over a century ago. Well worth the time and entrance fee, especially since allowed to wander at leisure after the tour. Antique items galore on display!
  • A great place to learn about some local history of the town. They have some interactive items that the kids seem to enjoy especially the jail cell. The staff is very helpful & it's bigger than you would think looking at it from the outside.
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