Special Exhibits

Northeast Gallery

Big Game, Big Stories: Montana's Hunting Heritage

Over thousands of years, hunting sustained the people of Montana physically, culturally, and spiritually. Many stories are a part of Montana's hunting heritage - from first peoples' nomadic hunting lifestyle to market hunters' decimation of game to hunters' conservation efforts. But the stories that connect people to the land and wildlife remain at the heart of Montana's hunting heritage. This exhibition explores some of these stories, but not all. We invite you to reflect on how your experiences with or thoughts on hunting may be similar to or different from others - now or in the past.





Hooked: Fishing in Montana

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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.






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Straight-Shootin' Women

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.

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

April 2017 through January 2019

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

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