Visiting Fort Benton Montana's Museums

Visiting Fort Benton, Montana's Museums

At Fort Benton's museums, you’ll explore 200 years of Western and frontier history... from Blackfoot hunts on the northern plains, the passage of Lewis & Clark, the fur and robe trade, the boom of the steamboats and the gold rush, the opening of the range and the homesteaders’ attempts to settle a wild and often harsh land… authentic stories of great adventure and sometimes great tragedies.

Come See Why National Geographic recommends Fort Benton's Museums

Time Needed
We suggest allowing a minimum of 4 hours for the Museum of the Northern Great Plains including the Hornaday Smithsonian Gallery and Homestead Village, a minimum of 1 hour for the Museum of the Upper Missouri, a minimum of 2 hours for Old Fort Benton and a minimum of 11/2 hours for the Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center.


Hours and Open Dates

Historic Old Fort Benton
Starr Gallery of Western Art
Open May 26, 2017 through October 1, 2017
10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Monday through Saturday
12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday

Museum of the Northern Great Plains
Homestead Village - Hornaday Smithsonian Bison - Stand Art Gallery
Open May 26, 2017 through October 1, 2017
10:30 AM to 4:30 PM - Monday through Saturday
12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday

Museum of the Upper Missouri
Open Memorial Day weekend through the last Sunday in September
Open May 26, 2017 through October 1, 2017
12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday

Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center
Summer Hours
Memorial Day Weekend through the last Sunday in September
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Daily, Including Holidays
Winter Hours
Call for Appointment
The Bureau of Land Management
Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center
406-622-4000 or
1-877-256-3252

Admission Fees
An admission fee is charged.  Admission price includes visitation to all museums and venues for two consecutive days. 

Free admission to the Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center only is available with a current Federal Pass (Golden Age, Annual Pass, etc.) as well as a reduced area pass fee. 

Call to inquire about school programs or group tours. 

Additional Information
Our brochure will provide you with further information.  A downloadable, version is available by clicking here. 



For Further Information Contact
The River and Plains Society
P.O. Box 262
Fort Benton, Montana 59442
406-622-5316
8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon - Weekdays
Email The Museums Office
Email the Archives and Library


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