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Range Riders Museum

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Have you ever been to a museum that totally exceeds all expectations?  When we arrived in Miles City, Montana we were tired and not sure we were up to anything more than a quick supper and a check in to our hotel.  But we had heard that the Range Riders Museum was worth the trip so we raced in the doors just one hour before closing time. We discovered an amazing museum that is definitely one of the most intriguing places we have visited in a long time and well worth the time to tour. Here are some things you need to know before you visit the Range Riders Museum.

This post includes affiliate links.  Thanks to the Range Riders Museum for hosting our family on our recent trip.  All opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.

Range Riders Museum

The first question most people want to know when they plan a trip to a museum is what they can expect to see when they visit. When you visit the Range Riders Museum, be prepared to be amazed with how much they have on display. There are extensive exhibits that have been donated by local people. 

Whether you are interested in guns, horseshoes, barbed wire, ladies hats, dresses, cowboy boots, covered wagons, native American artifacts, dishes, vintage medical equipment or about a dozen other things, you will probably find an extensive collection on display.

The Museum is a celebration of eastern Montana history in a collection of buildings where you can find exhibits ranging from the age of the dinosaurs to the 21st century. The Range Riders Museum has hosted visitors from all 50 states and 34 foreign countries. 

On our visit, one of the co-owners of the museum gave us a personal tour and told us some stories behind some of the exhibits.

Donut from the Civil War:  The story goes that a soldier’s mother baked some donuts before he left for the Civil War.  When he returned home after the war, there was one donut left in the bottom of his bag. The donut has been preserved since 1864 and is now on display here at the Range Riders Museum.

One of the highlights of the museum is the street that takes you back in time to the early days of Miles City. Walk down the city street and see how things looked back in the pioneer days.

Wagon Depot

The largest building on the Museum’s acreage is the Wagon Depot where you can see an amazing collection of antique vehicles as well as collections of early office equipment and farm tools.

Things to Know:

  • There is a small admission fee to tour the museum.
  • Open 8AM to 5PM – 7 days a week
  • April 1st through October 31st
  • Allow several hours to tour the museum.
  • Take the time to talk to the museum curators. They personally know each exhibit in the museum and can tell you some amazing stories.

Where to Stay in Miles City:

Miles City Hotel & Suites

The Miles City Suites was the perfect lodging option for our family. The suite was two rooms which gave us room to spread out and get some great rest. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about the area and gave us a great supper recommendation for Black Iron Grill!

1720 S. Haynes Ave
Miles City, Montana
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Have you ever been to Miles City, Montana? Did you visit the Range Riders Museum? What was your favorite exhibit? I’d love to hear!

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