Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman Montana

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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)

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.