Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

Welcome to the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula

We invite visitors to explore the rich history and culture of western Montana found throughout our 32 park-like acres.

Some of Missoula County’s fascinating history you will discover includes: early Fort history dating from its establishment in 1877 in the midst of the Indian Wars; the exploits of the all African American 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps, the century or more of the forest products industry’s culture and innovations; and the World War II internment camp that once held over 2200 Italian and Japanese nationals.

Over 20 preserved historic buildings and structures bring this history to life on our grounds.

We feature rotating exhibits designed for every age group exploring a range of thought-provoking historical topics. We also host a variety of fun and educational events throughout the year. Please visit us at the Historical Museum.

Your support and interest keeps Missoula’s history alive.


During to the resurgence in COVID-19, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula has temporarily closed the Main Museum building through the end of October.

The closure does not impact the grounds, which are open 24/7 & outdoor exhibits and historic buildings will be opened daily.  

Historic Park Hours:

  • Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
  • Closed Monday

Per the Missoula County Health Department guidelines, we will not allow any gatherings on Museum property of more than 50 people.

Please visit our Facebook Page and Museum From Home page for new content weekly. Including, fort scavenger hunts, virtual tours & exhibits, puzzles, museum updates, and activities to keep you connected to our history.

Collections donations are currently suspended. 

All Book donations accepted by pre-arranged appointment only. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Book donations, contact Matt Lautzenheiser: 258-3471 or email.

Due to COVID 19 concerns we have suspended all group rentals on site until further notice. If you have questions, please call: Carolyn Thompson, 258-3478 or email.

Contact Matt Lautzenheiser, Director, for any questions, concerns, or to schedule a book donation. 406-258-3471 or email.

As a community organization, our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the Missoula Community.  Please remember to physical distance when you are enjoying the grounds of the Historical Museum. Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time for our country. Stay well, friends.


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