Visiting the Montana Natural History Center
The Montana Natural History Center’s museum encompasses the flora, fauna, and natural history of western Montana. Our museum exhibits and art gallery take about 30-45 minutes for adults to explore, and we’re kid-friendly! Between our children’s microscope area, exciting touch tables interspersed throughout the museum, a kids’ reading nook in our Ralph Lee Allen Environmental Education Library, the hands-on Naturalist Lab, and our ever-popular Kids’ Discovery Room, there’s much for your little ones to discover!
We are located at 120 Hickory Street, Suite A, Missoula, Montana, near the Osprey Baseball Stadium and Currents Aquatic Center, on the Kim Williams Trail. Just look for the big green and brown building with the gorgeous dragonfly mural–you can’t miss us!
Tuesday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED
Children 4-18: $1
Children under 4: Free!
Family Rate: $7
MNHC Members: Free!
10+ kids: $1/child, adult fees waived
10+ adults: $2/person
Please call ahead to reserve the best time and date for your group visit.
The Montana Natural History Center’s exhibits encompass the flora, fauna, and natural history of western Montana. Our museum exhibits and art gallery take about 30-45 minutes for adults to explore, and we’re kid-friendly! Learn about what it means to be a naturalist, journey back to the Pleistocene, explore a variety of Montana’s ecosystems, and delve into the fascinating story of Glacial Lake Missoula.
We have a room just for kids: our Kids’ Discovery Room! Curl up with a book, play games, perform an animal puppet show, and explore our touch table. Have fun with rocks and blocks, or see if you can identify all the native species in Melissa Madsen’s beautiful mural!
Our Naturalist Lab is great for kids and adults alike! We have nests, skulls, rocks, insects, microscopes, paper, colored pencils, and so much more. Come in to explore, learn, and get up close with some of the amazing specimens in our collection!
The Montana Natural History Center’s Gallery features wildlife, landscape, and natural history-related art by local artists.
The Ralph Lee Allen Environmental Education Library has a variety of field guides, curriculum guides, and books on a range of natural history topics, as well as a great selection of children’s books with nature themes. Kids can enjoy curling up with a book in our cozy new kids’ nook!
The Nature Adventure Garden, on the east side of MNHC between the river trail and our building, is designed to be a play area that is almost entirely free of traditional structures. In lieu of swings and typical playground equipment, it features boulders, hills, shrubs, and the natural structure that the research links to creative and healthy play.
The Fort Missoula Native Plant Garden was designed by a working group of children and dedicated adults nearly 16 years ago! Today the garden has grown into an impressive outdoor learning space with a three-season classroom. The garden provides a safe environment for children to play and explore along tiny trails or build forts among the trees. Adult programs utilize the variety of native plants growing here, the healthy pollinator population, and diversity of bird species.
Don’t forget to check out our upcoming events! From our weekly miniNaturalist program for preschoolers to monthly Naturalist Trivia Nights for adults, we have great natural history programs for all ages. Come join us!
Want to bring your group to MNHC? We provide Museum Field Trips! Using our natural history displays, interactive discussions, and hands-on activities, MNHC naturalists provide a guided program for your group. Click the link above to learn more and schedule your visit.
Are you looking for a nice space to host a meeting, conference, or workshop? The Montana Natural History Center has several great possibilities, from renting out our entire exhibit area to our naturalist classrooms and conference room. Contact us for more information!