Montana is one of the most beautiful states in the country, and Bozeman in particular has a lot to offer. There are many outdoor activities to keep you busy during your off days. For the occasional rainy day or when you need a sunshine break, Bozeman boasts three fun museums that provide learning and fun.
If your career as a traveling nurse takes you to the Bozeman area, you are sure to find plenty of fun to have outside on your days off, but if the weather is harsh or you simply want to take in a bit of history during your stay in Bozeman, you won’t want to miss these three museums.
The Museum of the Rockies
The Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman has weekly and monthly events, a long schedule of fantastic upcoming exhibits, and some of the most amazing natural and historical exhibits in Montana. The Siebel Dinosaur Complex at the Museum of the Rockies is one of the largest dinosaur fossil collections in North America, including “Big Mike,” a 15-foot-tall, 38-foot-long Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton uncovered in 1992 that now stands outside the museum, the perfect backdrop for a photo to remember your visit.
You can also see the Real Genghis Khan exhibit until September 29 for a glimpse into the world of the 13th century Mongol Empire. Some of the pieces you’ll see include fantastic Mongol weaponry, tapestries, silk garments, gold jewelry and ornaments, musical instruments, and sculptures. Other exhibits include the Paugh History Hall, the Living History Farm, and “Welcome to Yellowstone Country,” a natural history exhibit showcasing wildlife and artifacts from the area.
The Gallatin History Museum
If you’re a history lover, the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman is a must-see during your next visit to the area. Operated by the Gallatin Historical Society with a mission “to preserve, promote, and foster the history of Gallatin County and Southwest Montana,” the Gallatin History Museum includes unforgettable exhibits of the American journey through the west. Meticulously preserved and beautifully displayed, you can catch a glimpse of life in the 1800s.
The Gallatin History Museum includes many permanent exhibits that showcase life in the pioneering days of Montana. Exhibits include showcases of the local Native American tribes, a model of old Fort Ellis, preserved jail cells and gallows, and the Big Horn Gun, a beautifully preserved black powder cannon. It also houses a collection of materials about the expedition of Lewis and Clark and offers more than 25,000 historical images and photos, and you can purchase copies of any of them for a nominal fee.
The American Computer and Robotics Museum
If you’re interested in the history of American technology, the American Computer and Robotics Museum in Bozeman is the oldest continuously operating museum of its kind in the world, showcasing over 4,000 years of human history and technology.
With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission this month, now is the perfect time to brush up on technological history and learn new things about our world and our journey to the stars. The Men on the Moon exhibit showcases original artifacts from real moon landing mission. In 2020, the Museum will relaunch the Stibitz and Wilson Awards to recognize outstanding minds in the fields of technology, biodiversity, and computer science.
If your next assignment as a traveling nurse takes you to Bozeman, Montana or the surrounding area, these three museums are perfect places to spend a day off or escape rough weather. Montana is full of rich history and natural beauty, so there is no shortage of amazing things to see and do during your time in Bozeman.