The Smithsonian-affiliated Western Heritage Center is a 1901 Romanesque sandstone castle amid downtown Billings’ modernity. It’s the best place to hear about life in eastern Montana through the voices of the peoples who’ve experienced it.
Don’t miss the American Indian Tribal Histories Project exhibit, which is brought to life through oral histories provided by members of the neighboring Crow and Northern Cheyenne tribes.
The Heritage Center has a constantly evolving and revolving series of exhibits and humanities projects dedicated to preserving the history of a 72,000-square-mile region that reaches east into North Dakota and south into Wyoming. Most prominent are Indian history and the railroad (the city was named after Frederick H. Billings, a lawyer and financier who was president of the Northern Pacific Railway in the late 1880s).
Also: a look at the impacts of agriculture and the cowboy lifestyle.