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Knoff Group Presents: Our Favorite Museums in Bozeman, Big Sky, & Livingston

Southwest Montana is home to a great number of quality museums – a train museum, a world-renowned dinosaur museum, a children’s museum, and so on. There really is a museum for everyone. Knoff Group Real Estate has assembled a list of some of our area favorites – the perfect activity as seasons change.

t-rex skelton display inside the museum of rockies

In Bozeman

Museum of the Rockies (MOR) is a world-class cultural and natural history museum located in South Bozeman. Known for its extensive displays of dinosaur fossils – including a fully-mounted Montana Tyrannosaurus-Rex skeleton, MOR brings in three to five featured exhibitions each year, allowing visitors to experience ever-changing science, art, cultural, and historic exhibits.

robot display inside the american computer and robotics museum

The American Computer & Robotics Museum features exhibits that span 4,000 years of human history. Glimpse an original cuneiform tablet, some of the first personal computers, and learn about topics such as AI, quantum computing, and cracking the enigma code. This one-of-a-kind museum is located near Montana State University.

toy vehicle infrastructure on display inside the montana science center

Montana Science Center is the ultimate spot for children to indulge in fun learning experiences with science and technology. The exhibits are all hands-on, ranging from geology, creative architectural design process, exploring a native fishpond, and so much more. Located on West Main Street, the museum also offers summer camps and after-school programs.

a sign saying 'sheriff's department' is hung above a jail cell and stairway, displayed inside the gallatin history museum.

Gallatin History Museum allows visitors to step back in time – featuring jail cells, a hanging gallows, and over 20,000 historic images. This building was established in 1911, but was originally a jailhouse before being converted into a museum. Located in downtown Bozeman, you can find several permanent exhibits, including the infamous Big Horn Gun, a life-size Pioneer cabin, the history of the jail, and more.

fine art hanging on the wall inside the bozeman art museum

Bozeman Art Museum provides a space for the community to come together and enjoy a love for fine art. The museum is always rotating exhibits. Located off West Main Street, Bozeman Art Museum also offers educational classes, camps, and lectures.

sign outside of the little bear school house museum

Little Bear School House Museum was built in 1912 and used as a school until 1950. Located southwest of Bozeman in Gallatin Gateway, the museum replicates a one-room school from the early 1900’s. Complete with antique school desks with ink wells, writing slates, a teacher’s desk, and much more. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day – Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 1pm-4pm.

exterior of the Livingston depot center

 In Livingston

Located in the heart of downtown, Livingston Depot Center is a crowd favorite seasonal museum open from May through September. The historical landmark was built in 1902 by the Northern Pacific Railroad as a gateway to Yellowstone Park. The current building, designed by the architects of New York’s Grand Central Station, showcases exhibits and programs related to Livingston and the area’s rich history.

a caboose with railway logos is displayed outside of the yellowstone gateway museum

The Yellowstone Gateway Museum serves to collect, preserve, and interpret the cultural and national history of Park County and its relationship to Yellowstone Park. Located in downtown Livingston, the museum features over 50,000 items, including objects, photographs, manuscripts, and books. You can find exhibit halls that dive deeper into Park County’s native cultures, expeditions, pioneers, transportation, and more.

a metal sign hangs from the covered porch of a log building at the crail ranch homestead

 In Big Sky

Located just off the golf course in the Meadow Village area of Big Sky, Crail Ranch Homestead Museum features a homestead museum, gardens, and a park. The museum preserves the story of the Crail family, who homesteaded a ranch on what is now Big Sky, Montana. The Crail Ranch started in the early 1900s, ultimately growing from a single small cabin to a large ranching operation with livestock and wheat fields. Today, Crail Ranch Homestead Museum also connects to the Big Sky Trail system. Guided tours of the building are available Saturdays and Sundays, June through September.