Historic Sites & Battlefields
History is everywhere in Montana. Even before Montana became a state in 1889, there was a historical society. This dedication to preserving and interpreting history lives on today, from local history museums to National Battlefields and Landmarks.
There is great diversity among the twelve tribes located in Big Sky Country in their languages, rituals, histories and governments. Each tribe has a distinct and unique cultural heritage that contributes to modern Montana. Indigenous languages and traditions are alive and well throughout Indian Country, where visitors are welcome to experience the varied customs of each tribe.
Visiting one of Montana’s ghost towns is like stepping back in time to the era of gold, saloons and vigilantes. Experience the quiet solitude of Bannack State Park or watch history come alive with a performance at Virginia City and Nevada City.
Walk back in time following the largest footsteps in history. Discover exciting and fun adventure along Montana’s Dinosaur Trail. This statewide trail is made up of 14 locations with a wide range of opportunities to explore and learn about Montana’s incredible prehistoric residents. Explore some of the greatest paleontological finds of the last century under Montana’s big sky.
Lewis & Clark Trail
The Lewis and Clark Expedition is a central part of Montana’s history. Following the trail and visiting its landmarks is a great way to experience the state like Captains Meriwether Lewis and William Clark did more than 200 years ago.
Immersed in rich history, Montana is filled with diverse heritage, Native American culture, glimpses of the Old West, copper kings and pioneer stories. Step back in time by visiting one of the many unique and fascinating museums in Montana and experience the stories of the land, the people and the past.