© Museum of the Rockies
The Museum of the Rockies (MOR) features a range of paleontological collections that date back more than 500 million years and focus on the history and geographical aspects of the Rocky Mountains and the animals and people who have called the region home. The Museum also houses the largest collection of dinosaur remains and fossils in the country, including the bone from the thigh of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and the largest Tyrannosaurus Rex skull ever found.
Permanent exhibits at the Museum include ‘Enduring Peoples’ which narrates the life of American Indians who lived on the Northern Plains near the Rocky Mountains. The ‘History of the Northern Rocky Mountain Region’ showcases the inhabitants of the Rocky Mountains from fur traders, and gold seekers to Native Americans and white settlers who lived in the region from the frontier day through World War II. Other exhibits include The Living History Farm, which includes the Tinsley House, where life in a turn-of-the-century home is demonstrated by costumed interpreters and the 40 foot, 104-seat domed Taylor Planetarium.
The Tinsley House
The Tinsley House is one of the Museum’s permanent exhibits and is preserved as the Museum as a living history museum. Originally located in Willow Creek, the 100+-year-old house was moved to its present site, which is now in front of the museum, in 1989. Constructed of timber logs from the Tobacco Root Mountains, the turn-of-the-century home is a living example of how pioneers lived in the 1800s in the Gallatin Valley. The house features a kitchen, water pump, and functioning outhouse, children can play with contemporary toys and try on vintage clothing, and costumed interpreters demonstrate how life was lived.
Curatorial Center for the Humanities (CCR)
The Curatorial Center for the Humanities (CCR) is a new addition to the Museum and provides curatorial and storage areas for the museum's collection, which includes archaeological, art, Native American, historical, and photographic items. Designed by Slate Architecture of Helena, the 20,000-square-foot features office and work space, storage space and halls for exhibitions.