Montana Historical Society

Big Sky ~ Big History

Museum and research center closed for renovations. For more info, call (406) 444-2694.

Guided Tours

Tour Two of the State's Most Notable Historic Treasures

The Montana State Capitol

The Capitol building is open Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., and weekends, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. The Capitol building is closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day and may be closed to the general public occasionally on weekends for scheduled routine maintenance. Self-guided capitol tour brochures are available at the capitol reception desk.

Please Note: The House and Senate galleries, and the Old Supreme Court chamber are closed for renovations.

Summer Hours

June 1 - July 8 
Monday - Friday: Tours at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

July 9 - September 13
Monday - Friday: Tours at 9:30 and 11 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Saturdays - 9:30 and 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m.
Sundays - 11 a.m., and 1:30 and 2:30 p.m.
Closed - holidays.

Tours last approximately an hour. No reservation is needed for individuals. 

  • Tours are available for groups but must be scheduled in advance with Darby Bramble.
  • Tours are available for groups but must be scheduled in advance.
  • Tour capacity is 30 people.
  • Self-guiding tour booklets and a scavenger hunt for kids led by Lewis and Clark’s intrepid Newfoundland, Seaman, are available at the first-floor information desk.
  • You can also download the interactive student guide to the Montana State Capitol, Explore Your Statehouse or take this forty-three minute video tour.

Montana State Capitol

The Original Governor's Mansion

The Original Governor's Mansion is located at 304 North Ewing, Helena. Visit this ornate, Queen Anne-Style mansion that served as home to Montana's First Families from 1913-1959. Take yourself on a virtual tour of the Original Governor's Mansion or view a twenty-minute video tour.

Tour capacity is 20 people. There is no admission fee, and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis - no advanced reservations.

Summer Hours
June 1 - September 15
Tuesday - Saturday: Tours at 12, 1, 2, and 3
Closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

Winter Hours

September 16 - May 31
Saturdays only: Tours at 12, 1, 2, and 3
Closed holidays.

Montana Original Governor's Mansion

The Montana Historical Society Museum ("Montana's Museum")

The Montana Historical Society  is in the process of building a grand new addition, the  Montana Heritage Center . When this facility is completed, it will contain all new, world-class exhibits. It's going to be amazing, but transitions are never easy. Beginning January 1, 2023, all of our museum exhibits will be closed and museum tours will not be available. 

MTHS Heritage Center

How to Schedule a Group Tour

Please contact us at least two weeks in advance. For tours planned during legislative sessions or the month of May, it is advisable to make arrangements a month in advance as these time slots fill early.

To book a tour, please call (406) 444-2412 or email To facilitate the process please provide the following information:

  • Preferred tour date
  • Preferred tour times
  • Size and grade level/age of your group
  • Special needs or considerations
  • Which tour you would like

Once we have scheduled your tour, we will email you a reservation confirmation.

MTHS Kids Tour