Museums

Here’s a local thrill that lasts a lot longer than eight seconds: The Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame, dedicated to professional cowboys and cowgirls who represent one of the state’s most legendary of heritages. The monument is located at the entry point to MetraPark Arena right in the heart of Billings. It’s where you’ll find an 18-foot bronze sculpture of Dan Mortensen, six-time World Champion bronc rider and a Billings local.

The surrounding granite and brick walls commemorate other champs, legends, queens and personnel who make rodeo what it is today. Every year, the organization also gives $39,000 in scholarships to support the sport. Over one quarter million dollars have been awarded to date. Today, 12 scholarships are awarded annually to six male and six female high school students. Miss Rodeo Montana also receives a $2,000 scholarship.

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A Buckin’ Good Time!

There are many events year-round, and in January it’s the 13th annual Cowboy and Cowgirl Reunion. Held at The Holiday Inn, it’s open to the public, but reservations should be made early. Call 406-256-6515 to reserve your spot at one of the biggest galas in town. You can even buy a “brand block” to engrave your name (or anything you like) on a 12-inch by 12-inch block at the monument.

For just $300, a block can permanently be yours, and you can help support the mission of the organization. Alternatively, you can purchase a replica of the sculpture, the perfect keepsake for your trip to Billings.

 

Moss MansionThere are many things to do here in Billings. While many of those activities involve outdoor activities, there may come a day, whether cold or rainy, that you need fun and interesting activities to keep you warm and dry. Moss Mansion is one of many unique attractions in the Billings area that will provide you with plenty of entertainment on such a day.

Built in 1903, this historic mansion was built by Mr. Preston B. Moss, a local banker who moved to Billings from Paris, Missouri. The luxurious home was designed by Harry Hardenbergh, a famous New York Architect also known for designing the Waldorf-Astoria, Plaza Hotel, Willard Hotel and Copely Hotel. Featuring 28 rooms and a solarium this massive structure towers 45 feet into the air. Constructed at the turn of the century when most homes averaged $3,000 this magnificent home cost approximately $105,000 which explains why it is still marvelous to this day.

Now on the National Register of Historic Places, visitors can see the original furniture, carpet, fixtures and draperies. While some rumor of the home being haunted, others enjoy the amazing structure, architecture and fine furnishings boasting that each room is a work of art in itself. Take a look for yourself. Guided tours are available Tuesday thru Sunday with each tour lasting approximately one hour. Tickets may be purchased in the gift shop located in the basement of the home.