The Western Heritage Center is a museum, educational outreach center and public archive. Our goal is to engage as many different audiences as possible in the interesting and important stories of the people and places of the Yellowstone River Valley and the Northern High Plains. We do this in many ways, including:
Onsite Exhibits: Our historic 1901 building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is our greatest treasure. Inside its beautiful and ornate oak galleries, permanent and changing exhibits highlight our collections and those available through reciprocal museum loan networks, the Smithsonian Institution Affiliate Program and our relationships with community members. Exhibit information is located on our Events Calendar.
Online Exhibits: You can explore some of the fascinating people and places unique to our region through our online offerings.
Traveling Exhibits and Teaching Kits: Teachers, community groups, scout leaders, home schoolers and others may reserve and check out any of our Traveling Exhibits or Teaching Kits to enhance student learning. These items are available for a few days or a few weeks, depending on demand and individual needs.
Events: The Western Heritage Center loves to celebrate with the community! Our Events Calendar lists current and upcoming exhibits, details regarding our High Noon Lecture series and other special activities.
Teacher Resources: The Western Heritage Center’s American Indian Tribal Histories Project offers educational DVDs with Teacher Resource Guides for the Crow and Northern Cheyenne Indian tribes. Each set of DVDs covers unique aspects of each tribe’s culture and history from the perspective of many tribal members and include excerpts from oral interviews and narration. Sample lesson plans written by teachers make the DVDs accessible for students of all ages. Our staff is available to provide Teacher Training/Professional Development sessions which include an introduction, overview, and demonstration of the American Indian Tribal Histories Project educational DVDs and Teacher Resource Guides.
Tours: Our docents offer guided tours of museum exhibitions to all ages and audiences.
Fun for Kids: Explore what you can learn, see and do right now!
Offsite Programs: We offer offsite programming upon request. These presentations can be tailored to the needs of your group, club or organization and can cover topics of local, state and regional interest. Scheduling in advance is requested and there is a nominal fee.