Trying to find something interesting explore in the Magic City? Visit Billings lists several places to visit around town that is fun and intriguing to explore. These five places are filled with history, arts, and culture.
A few places to visit in Billings have been here since the town was in its infancy: The Western Heritage Center is one of them. The Western Heritage Museum is a historical museum with exhibits encapsulating life in the Yellowstone River valley over 100 years ago. Even more interesting is the building of the heritage center used to be the original library for the city, called the Parmly Billings Library. The Westen Heritage Center has seven on-site exhibits and several walking tours showing historical sites in Billings. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday.
Another historical museum is the Moss Mansion, constructed in the early 1900s and was the home of the Moss Family for many years. Preston Boyd Moss and his wife Martha, nicknamed Mattie, made great strides in urbanizing the Billings community. The Moss Mansion Museum can also be rented out for weddings and other special events, a perfect romantic setting with a unique historical background. Starting September 1, the museum switches its general tour hours, which will be closed on Tuesday and open from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. for self-paced tours. Guided tours without reservations to the historic house museum are Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m.
The Yellowstone County Museum overlooks the city of Billings sitting on top of the rims and located next to the Billings Logan International Airport. The museum features historical artifacts of Montana’s past in the authentic McCormick log cabin. The cabin was once a space for special gatherings hosted by Paul McCormick in the early 1890s. The McCormick Cabin used to be located in downtown Billings but was moved to its current location in 1954. Hours for the museum are from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
The Tippet Art Center is in Fishtail, Montana, a short drive outside of Billings showcasing art, nature, and architecture in a very unique way. The center is located on a 12,500-acre operating sheep and cattle ranch, hosting large-scale exhibits, recitals, and outdoor sculptures. Musical performances are also played both inside and outdoors at the art center. Programs at The Tippet Rise Art Center focus on making memorable experiences for all who visit. Tours at the art center fill up fast, so those interested in visiting are advised to book early.
Located in downtown Billings is the Yellowstone Art Museum, which has been a part of the Billings community for over 50 years. The museum features contemporary art exhibits and art from different historical periods in northwest a.m.erica. On top of beautiful art exhibits, the museum also hosts art and cooking classes! The Yellowstone Art Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The museum also has special hours every first Friday of the month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Visiting any of these museums is a day well spent taking in exquisite art and engaging in Billings history!