Museums & Attractions
Homestead Village in Fort Benton
Explore the streets of Homestead Village in Fort Benton.


Bequet Confections

8235 Huffine Lane, Suite D



Enjoy the enticing aroma as you watch us make our award-winning caramel. Copper kettles simmering with the finest ingredients bubble right before you, creating the smoothest, creamiest, most exquisite tasting caramel. In another room, watch as we cut, wrap, and package our ten varieties of caramel into an assortment of unique gifts. Monday through Thursday mornings are the best time to watch us at work, because all parts of the process are underway. Larger groups are encouraged to call ahead to schedule a tour. All varieties of our all-natural caramel are certified Kosher and Gluten Free.


Deer Lodge

Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Exit 184 off I-90 in Deer Lodge
406-846 -2070


The 1,500-acre Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site illustrates the development of the Northern Plains cattle industry from the 1850s to recent times. This was the headquarters area of one of the largest and best known 19th-century range ranches in the country. Today the ranch house, bunkhouse and outbuildings are much as they were during ranch operations from the 1860s through the 1960s. There is an admission fee for the site, but guided tours of the house, self-guiding walks, and exhibits are free. Fun, family-friendly events include Heritage Days and Haying Days in July and Pumpkin Day in October.


Fort Benton

Homestead Village

1205 – 20th Street


Homestead Village, located at the Museum of the Northern Great Plains & Montana Agricultural Center complex, offers visitors a chance to explore the typical 1900's rural community. Many of the buildings located in Homesteader Village are from abandoned homestead era towns. They have been moved onto the site and accurately restored, and furnished. Buildings along the street include a small country church, a bank, a drug store, City Hall, a one room school, a mercantile and three generations of prairie settler's dwellings. Open Memorial Day through September 30; Sunday, Noon-4 PM; Monday-Saturday, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM.


The Museum of the Northern Great Plains

1205 – 20th Street


The Museum of the Northern Great Plains is designated as the State of Montana’s Museum of Agriculture. It focuses on the story of the families who came to settle on the vast short-grass prairie, families who became known as the homesteaders. The story of the homesteaders’ endurance and the continuing legacy of their children and grandchildren is yours to explore at the Museum of the Northern Great Plains. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day; Sunday, Noon-4 PM; Monday-Saturday, 11:30 AM-5:30 PM.


The Joel F. Overholser Historical Research Center in the Schwinden Library

1205 – 20th Street


The Overholser Historical Research Center is located with the Montana State Agricultural Museum, specializing in fur trade, Native American, Indian Wars, steamboating and overland freighting, historic forts and trails. Resources include records, documents, and photographs of ranching and homesteading, agricultural machinery and equipment, homestead records, maps, books. Major collections include steamboat passenger records; Barrows and Coburn photographs; Milner-Sullivan ranch records; Worrall Collection of agricultural books, periodicals, and equipment manual; International Harvester Co. truck, tractor and implement, service and parts manuals. Open year-round; Monday, 8-Noon, Tuesday, 8-4, Wednesday-Friday, 8-Noon; closed Saturday, Sunday, and major holidays. Research requests may be submitted to the Overholser Historical Research Center at or 406-622-5316.


Jefferson City

Tizer Botanic Gardens & Arboretum

I-15, Exit 176, 18 miles south of Helena



Montana’s only full-time operating Botanical Garden & Arboretum, the plant collection includes thousands of plants from all over the world, some one-of-a-kind growing in Montana and more than 225 varieties of conifers. Official test & Demonstration Garden for Colorado State University & the Denver Botanic Gardens “Plant Select” program. The state’s only All American Select (AAS) Test Garden. AAS is an international organization introducing new perennial, annual and vegetable plants each year. Special events include Fairy Festival, Scarecrow Festival, Herb Festival, Gardener’s Day. It is also home to the non-profit Tizer Nature Connection, an educational program for all ages. Facilities can be reserved for weddings, family or business functions, and picnics.



Jackson's Garden, Inc.

125 Mill Creek Road, 2 miles east of Hwy. 287



Jackson's Garden Inc. is a 501c3 charitable and educational organization whose mission statement is: To sustainably support gardening for production, education and enjoyment of our community. The 9-acre property, east of Sheridan was donated to us by a local retired teacher/gardner who established the garden over 20 years ago. Member volunteers and other volunteers maintain and develop the property each year. The property has established nature trails/bird watching along and above the riparian area of Mill Creek nestled in the foothills of the Tobacco Root Mountains. Educational oppotunites for both adults and children, for growing both vegtables and flowers, are held during the growing season. Cider pressing occurs in mid-October. The public is invited to tour the current garden area (2 acres) or picnic on the grounds anytime. Donations are welcome. Open year around 7 days a week, during daylight hours. Growing season is May 1 to September 30. Off Hwy 287/Main Street, turn east on Mill Street, go 2 miles (Mill St. becomes Mill Creek Rd.), main entrance on left.



Published: Thu Feb 09 11:05:00 MST 2012.
Last Modified: Mon Jun 13 16:51:03 MDT 2016