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Established in 1977, the Gallatin Historical Society operate this local history museum and research library in a former jail that was built in 1911. The museum includes permanent exhibits on Native American history, the Lewis and Clark expedition, western expansion, and early Bozeman history, as well as a room dedicated to the history of the former jail. The museum also includes a model replica of Fort Ellis, a cavalry fort established in 1867. The library boasts a photo archive with more than 18,000 historic images as well as resources for genealogists.


  • When a new jail was completed in 1982, the county granted this facility to the historical society.
  • Galleries retell the story of Southwest Montana from Native American tribes to early settlers and the establishment of Bozeman.