Historical Museum at Fort Missoula


In 1877, while Fort Missoula was still under construction, its soldiers were ordered to pursue a band of non-treaty Nez Perce Indians who were traveling toward Canada. The pursuit resulted in a tragic battle and, ultimately, the surrender of the Nez Perce in northern Montana. The soldiers subsequently returned and completed the fort.

In 1888, the 25th infantry, one of only four regiments of the period composed of African-American soldiers and white officers, was based here. In 1941 the fort was converted into an internment camp for non-military Japanese-American and Italian men. Today, 13 historic buildings and more than 23,000 objects provide valuable insight into the fort itself as well as Montana history---from the days of the first explorers and pioneers to contemporary times.


3400 Captain Rawn Way
Missoula, Montana 59804


46.84371200, -114.06279800

Open Hours

Labor Day--Memorial Day: Tues.--Sun. noon--5. Memorial Day--Labor Day: Mon.--Sat. 10--5, Sun. noon--5.
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(406) 728-3476

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