Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman Montana


Gallatin History Museum

Housed in a jail built in 1911, the Gallatin History Museum delights visitors with exhibits, historic pictures, books, maps, tours and stories of the good ol' days.

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  • Take a look back at a history of law enforcement featuring original jail cells and gallows, an 1870s log cabin depicting early pioneer life, an American Indian craft display, and a military history including a vintage gun collection and model of Fort Ellis.
  • Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under Free)


Only two blocks from Downtown Bozeman, Montana, the Gallatin History Museum is a popular stop for those interested in Gallatin County and Montana history. Featuring jail cells and hanging gallows, the museum has several permanent exhibits and a bookstore with Montana authors and related subjects. The museum took over the entire historic brick Gallatin County Jail in 1982 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


  • Native American history in the Gallatin Valley.
  • A model of old Fort Ellis.
  • Five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family.
  • A porcelain doll that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864.
  • Bozeman’s first steam-powered fire engine.
  • A 30 piece gun collection.


Gallatin History Museum
317 West Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715
Call: 406-522-8122


  • Main Street Exit 309: Continue west about a mile and a half on Main Street to museum.
  • North 19th Street Exit 305: Continue south on North 19th to Main Street and turn left.
  • North 7th Avenue Exit 306: Continue south on North 7th to Main Street and turn left.


  • Memorial Day through Labor Day:
    10am - 5pm, Monday through Saturday
  • During the remainder of the year:
    11am - 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday


Admission: $5 (Children 12 and under Free)

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Other Gallatin History Museum Resources

Gallatin Historical Society's Pioneer Museum

Make sure to visit the Pioneer Museum for an in depth historic account of the area.