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Museum Of The Upper Missouri | By museum research
P.O. Box 262, Fort Benton,, MT 59442
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Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm
Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm
Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm
Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm
Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm
Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm
Open: 8:00am, Close: 12:00pm

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Welcome to Historic Fort Benton Montana's Heritage Complex 


World Class Museums and Research Facilities

Located in Fort Benton "The Birthplace of Montana"™  the Heritage Complex is the home of Old Fort Benton, The Museum of the Upper Missouri, The State of Montana's Museum of the Northern Great Plains, Homestead Village, The Hornaday Smithsonian Buffalo Gallery, The Upper Missouri River Breaks Interpretive Center, The Overholser Research Center, The Schwinden Library, and The Montana Agricultural Center Step back in time as you explore the history of the American West at Fort Benton, Montana's remarkable museums. Explore hundreds of years of frontier history. The time of the Blackfeet hunts on the northern plains, the passage of Lewis & Clark, the fur & robe trade from palisaded forts along the Upper Missouri, and the final attempts to settle the great plains...all the stories are yours to experience at Fort Benton's remarkable museums.

Significant items on display include:

At Fort Benton's museums, you’ll explore 200 years of Western and frontier history... authentic stories of great adventure and sometimes great tragedies.

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Historic Old Fort Benton

The Starr Gallery of Western Art

The Museum of the Northern Great Plains

The Hornaday/Smithsonian Buffalo and Western Art Gallery

Homestead Village

The Museum of the Upper Missouri

The Upper Missouri River Breaks 

NM Interpretive Center


Historic Old Fort Benton

Old Fort Park

Fort Benton, Montana 59442

Experience the fur and buffalo robe trade of the 1850's at Historic Old Fort Benton, Montana. 

Here the Blackfeet and other tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, guns, blankets, knives, cookware, and cloth.

Tour the Fort and see rooms filled with period furnishings, the trade store with buffalo robes, beads, trinkets, blankets and other period trade goods, the warehouse with its fur trade era collections, and the blacksmith & carpenters shop. New for 2012, the newly reconstructed Bourgeois House or Chief Traders residence will be open for visitors.  The Bourgeois House is home to the Starr Gallery which features Karl Bodmer's Travels Into The Interior of North America aquatint collection, and Robert Scriver's No More Buffalo Collection. 

Our knowledgeable staff will assist you in your journey of discovery of the Fort that became the most important robe trading post on the Upper Missouri River.

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