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OPEN MEMORIAL DAY
THROUGH LABOR DAY
(May 28th - September 3rd)
Monday - Saturday
8:00 a.m. To Noon
1:00 p.m. To 5:00 p.m.
Noon to 5:00 p.m.
MAY AND SEPTEMBER
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to Noon
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
OCTOBER THROUGH APRIL
Monday - Friday
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
No Charge for Admission
Guided Tours Available - School Tours Offered
Experience the West, from prehistoric to pioneer, through thought-provoking exhibits that tell the story of this land, its people, and its times with emphasis on the Assiniboine and
Gros Ventre culture, the pioneer days of Cowboy, hardships of the Homestead Era, and follows Blaine County’s history through two World Wars. Impressive reconstructions are a feature of the Museum including a “Tar-Paper Shack”, church, schoolroom, clothing exhibit, and an old time dentist office and doctor’s office. These exhibits invite visitors to look at a very different way of life than we experience today.
Blaine County Museum is the interim visitor center for the Bear Paw Battlefield the site of the last battle of the four-month Nez Perce War of 1877. The battlefield located 16 miles south of Chinook is part of the Nez Perce National Park and Nez Perce (Nee-Me-Poo) National Historic Trail. The Museum houses three exhibits of historic artifacts found at the Bear Paw Battlefield, time-period photographs, and military gear from the late 1800’s. One of the highlights of the museum is the outstanding twenty-minute multi-media presentation “Forty Miles from Freedom”. Combining video, sound, lighting effects, and centered around artist Lorenzo Ghiglieri’s spectacular paintings, the presentation recounts the events leading up to the Battle and Siege of the Bear Paw which ended one of the most remarkable and tragic retreats in this nations history.
A site on the Montana Dinosaur Trail - the museum’s Paleontology Exhibit displays a dozen Judith River Formation exhibits that feature Hadrosaur, Gorgosaurus, and Edmontonia fossils from the area, along with the remains of gigantic marine reptiles Mosasaur and Plesiosaur, and invertebrates from the area’s ancient ocean. In the “Look, Touch, and Wonder” room, guests can handle fossils of sea creatures, plants, and dinosaurs that roamed this part of the world millions of years ago.
The bookstore offers an extensive collection of books (over 500 titles) of Western and Montana history, scenery, gift books, cookbooks, plant books, and great selection children’s books. In the gift store, there are posters, games, postcards, Chief Joseph T-shirts, and Made in Montana handicrafts. Free brochures and information about the Bear Paw Battlefield are available.
Exhibits showcasing Blaine County's Homestead Era depict life in Northern Montana in the early 1900's.