Special Exhibits

Times of Trouble, Times of Change: Montana and the Great War

Northeast Gallery

When the U.S. entered World War I in April 1917 to make the world “safe for democracy,” a conflict over American ideals erupted at home. What happened when pro-war propaganda swept across the nation? Why did questions of what it meant to be American tear communities apart? What ideals were we fighting to protect? This exhibit explores how everyday Montanans served the war effort on both the home front and the Western Front. It offers several interactive experiences for visitors to step into the lives of Montanans during the war, including a replica trench area and a “Follow a Montanan” character experience. The exhibit is hosted in conjunction with a special exhibit at the Original Governor’s Mansion, Doing Our Bit: Montana’s Home Front during the Great War, and the Montana and the Great War story map project.

Hooked: Fishing in Montana

Lobby Gallery

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Anglers around the state and country are hooked on fishing in Montana waters! Montana offers beautiful outdoor settings with abundant variety of fish. Fishing has brought and continues to bring families, friends, and communities together on and off the water. We will also highlight how Montanans, including the state's Fish Wildlife and Parks agency, preserve the state waters to ensure that these fishing adventures can continue. Through art and artifacts from the Montana Historical Society and loans from the Maclean family and others, the exhibit will explore tribal lifeways and knowledge; family ties and communities around fishing; as well as the art and craft of tools, flies, and canoes.

Straight-Shootin' Women

Montana Moments Gallery

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Straight-Shootin' Women offers a brief look at women's use of firearms in the West. From early clashes between Indians and the U.S. Cavalry to contemporary target shooting, women have a long and storied history of using firearms in Montana and throughout the West.

Doing Our Bit: Montana's Home Front during the Great War

Original Governor's Mansion, 304 North Ewing, Helena, Montana

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April 2017 through January 2019

In 1918, Governor Sam Stewart wrote "The women of the West are certainly doing their share in bearing the burdens of the war, and we cannot be too eloquent in our praise of their efforts." One hundred years later, visit Montana's Original Governor's Mansion for a special, in-depth, hands-on look at what Montana women and children were doing to merit such recognition. http://mhs.mt.gov/education/ogmtours