Plan Your Visit

Essential Information for Your Museum Experience

Discover the wonders of Museum of the Rockies!
We look forward to providing you with an exceptional experience. Prepare to be inspired, amazed, and enriched by our exhibitions and offerings.

Museum Operating Days and Closures:
The museum (MOR) is open most days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for convenient exploration. Please be aware that the museum will close annually on January 1, October 9 - 10, November 25, and December 25. The museum will close at 3 p.m. on December 24.  These closures allow for maintenance, preparations, and holiday observances.

Duration of a Visit: A typical visit to MOR lasts about four hours, though visitors are welcome to explore extensive exhibition halls and displays longer.

What does General Admission include? Access to the following exhibitions: Siebel Dinosaur Complex, Welcome to Yellowstone County, Enduring Peoples, Paugh History Hall, Explore Yellowstone in the Martin Children's Discovery Center, Living History Farm (seasonal), the Changing/Special exhibit, and shows in the Hager Auditorium. Museum pricing is subject to change.

What does General Admission NOT include? Taylor Planetarium shows are available for an additional fee once General Admission is paid. Certain programs, lectures, and events will require an additional fee. Museum pricing is subject to change.

Admission Tickets: The pre-purchase of general admission tickets is not required or available. 

The museum accepts American Currency (Cash), Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover credit cards.

    General Admission + Extra Pricing

    Admission TypeThrough January 5, 2025

    MUSEUM MEMBER

    $0 General Admission + $0/Planetarium Show,
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    CHILD (Birth - Age 4)

    $0 General Admission + $0/Planetarium Show,
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    YOUTH (Age 5 – 17)

    $12 General Admission + $4/Planetarium Show,
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    ADULT (Age 18 – 64)

    $20 General Admission + $4/Planetarium Show,
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    SENIOR (Age 65+)

    $17 General Admission + $4/Planetarium Show,
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY Student, Staff, Faculty, Blue and Gold Forever Members

    $16.50 General Admission + $4/Planetarium Show,
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    Qualifying ASTC TRAVEL PASSPORT Member

    $0 General Admission + $4/Planetarium Show (Age 5+),
    $0/Hager Auditorium Show,
    $0/Living History Farm,
    $0/Special Exhibit

    ALL SCHOOLS, EDUCATORS, ETC.

    Please view the information on this page.

    Museum Discounts

    All purchases of discounted admissions (MSU, ASTC, AAA, or Military) will be asked to show their valid ID to receive the discounted admission prices upon check-in at the Front Desk. If a valid ID cannot be provided, additional charges will apply.

    • As a member of a science center or museum participating in the ASTC Travel Passport Program, you are eligible for complimentary general admission for two adults plus children or grandchildren under the age of 18. Please pack your membership card. MOR is not required to grant benefits to visitors who forget their cards. Make sure Museum of the Rockies is not located within 90 miles of your home residence or the science center or museum you belong to. This distance is measured as a linear radius, not a driving distance. ASTC Passport participants wishing to view a show in the Taylor Planetarium will cost $3 per non-member (age 5+).
    • We offer a 10% AAA general admission discount with a valid AAA membership card.
    • We offer a 10% general admission discount for Active Military personnel with a valid ID.

    Discounts may not be combined with any other promotion, discount, or reduced rate.

    Plan a Group Visit to MOR!

    A group of 10 or more people may request a group visit. Submit your Group Visit Request today.

    Plan a School Field Trip to MOR!

    All Montana schoolchildren may access the museum free of charge during an organized school visit. Learn more and plan your field trip.

    Become a Museum Member for the Best Value! 

    Starting at $55, a Museum of the Rockies annual membership pays for itself in only three visits! Admission and membership revenue supports Museum of the Rockies, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Proceeds directly fund world-renowned research and collections, vital educational outreach programs, rich and varied exhibitions, and stellar planetarium offerings. Museum of the Rockies is sustained by community participation and generosity. Your patronage helps to ensure diversification and stability of funding while providing outstanding service to patrons.

    View the museum's numerous membership levels and join today!

    Location

    600 W. Kagy Blvd.
    Bozeman, MT 59717
    The museum's main entrance is located on the Montana State University campus, on the south side of Kagy Blvd., just west of South Willson Ave. and South 3rd Ave.

    Parking

    There is a complimentary paved parking lot for personal vehicles during regular business hours. Overflow parking for RVs and buses is also complimentary and available on the grassy area located just north of our parking lot (weather permitting). For the safety and security of our many visitors, we cannot accommodate RVs or other vehicles in the museum's parking lot overnight.

    Bike Rack

    There is a complimentary bike rack located to the left of the front entrance. Please lock up your bike. Overnight bike parking is prohibited.

    Museum of the Rockies, 600, West Kagy Boulevard, Bozeman, Gallatin County, Montana, 59717, United States

    Frequently Asked Questions

    The safety of MOR members, visitors, volunteers, staff, and its collections is of the highest importance. We work hard to ensure the preservation of our state and country's artifacts and specimens for the enjoyment of generations to come. When you visit MOR, you will discover that we have security measures to ensure your safety and the safety of the objects contained within.

    Museum of the Rockies follows Montana State University's Service Animal Policy.

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) defines "service animal" as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. Service animals are not pet. They are working animals who have been trained to perform work or tasks for a person with a disability. The work or task must be directly related to the person's disability.

    Examples of such work or tasks include:

    • Guiding people who are blind
    • Alerting people who are deaf
    • Pulling a wheelchair
    • Alerting and protecting a person who is having a seizure
    • Reminding a person with mental illness to take prescribed medications
    • Calming a person with Post Traumatic Stress disorder (PTSD) during an anxiety attack
    • Individuals with mental disabilities may also use service animals that are individually trained to perform a specific task.

    Dogs that are not trained to perform tasks that mitigate the effects of a disability, including dogs that are used purely for emotional support, comfort, therapeutic benefit, companionship, are not service animals under the ADA.

    A miniature horse may be considered a service animal as defined by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division. Other animals, whether wild or domestic, do not qualify as service animals.

    Museum of the Rockies does not have a restaurant onsite. A couple of restaurants are located nearby.

    Food and beverages may not be consumed anywhere in the museum except for in the main lobby, downstairs lobby, or outside.

    Bagged lunches must be stowed away at all times while visiting the museum and must only be eaten in the downstairs lobby or on the Bair Plaza (weather permitting). The museum has no refrigerated storage for lunches.

    Vending machines are located in the lower level lobby.

    Bottle water is not permitted in the exhibition halls, Hager Auditorium, or Taylor Planetarium.

    There is a water bottle filling station in the main lobby and lower lobby.

    Individuals with disabilities who would like to request accessibility accommodation are encouraged to send an email as far in advance as possible.

    Free guided tours are available for visitors who are blind or have low vision as well as visitors who are deaf. Sign language interpretation is available upon request for any program.

    Please call 406.944.6618 or send an email to visitmor@montana.edu two weeks in advance of your visit.

    The museum has two manual wheelchairs available for use on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    The museum provides complimentary Wi-Fi access; choose the MSU-Guest network on your device.

    No password necessary. This is an open, unencrypted network.

    Museum of the Rockies distributes a limited number of complimentary admission passes each year to staff, volunteers, business members, regional non-profits to support their fundraising efforts, and for marketing or public relations campaigns.

    New Complimentary Admission Pass Policy
    On June 3, 2020, Museum of the Rockies implemented a new complimentary museum pass policy. This policy allows MOR to comply with complimentary admission pass financial tracking control measures and forgery prevention measures.

    • These new passes have an alpha/numeric tracking barcode and a designated expiration date.
    • To redeem, please give your complimentary admission pass to the front desk upon arrival. An online reservation cannot be made using a complimentary admission pass, so please use it on a walk-in basis.
    • If a new pass is lost, the previously issued pass will be voided, and a replacement pass will be issued from the marketing or membership department. Please allow up to five business days for this replacement pass to be issued.
    • Please make plans to use your complimentary museum pass before it expires. Once expired, MOR will no longer accept the complimentary admission pass. Expired passes will not be exchanged for new admission passes.

    Complimentary Admission Passes Issued Before January 1, 2021 Have Expired
    Due to this new policy (see above), all previously issued complimentary museum or planetarium admission passes (those with no expiration date and those with an expiration date of 12/31/2020 or earlier) expired on December 31, 2020. These passes will no longer be accepted and will not be exchanged for a new pass.

    Since 2016, Museum of the Rockies has written or stamped an expiration date on all complimentary museum passes. In the past, we have accepted expired complimentary admission passes or those with no expiration date, but we are no longer able to do so due to our new policy.

    As a member of a science center or museum participating in the ASTC Travel Passport Program, you are eligible for complimentary general admission for two adults, plus children or grandchildren under the age of 18.

    Please pack your membership card. Museum of the Rockies is not required to grant benefits to visitors who forget their cards. There is no universal database with all Passport visitors’ member data for admission staff to reference.

    Lost your membership card? Please contact your home science center or museum for a new card.

    Non-commercial Use:

    • The museum permits still and video photography for non-commercial use only, unless otherwise posted. MOR does not permit the use of its name, image, or collections for commercial purposes without prior approval.
    • For the safety of our visitors and collections, the use of drones, tripods, monopods, and selfie sticks, staging equipment, and/or lighting enhancements is not permitted at any time.
    • Visitors may be filmed, photographed, or recorded by the museum for educational and promotional uses, including but not limited to the museum's website and other marketing initiatives.

    Commercial Use:

    • Working members of the media and those wishing to take or use photos or video for commercial use must complete & submit the museum’s film/photography permit to be reviewed for potential approval by the museum's Director of Marketing. Proof of insurance and a location fee will be required.
    • Please submit requests to film, photograph, or record audio at least 14 days in advance of the event whenever possible. Completing the permit does not ensure that permission to film, photograph, or record audio will be granted.
    • All permitted must be escorted by a museum staff member while in the building.

    Contact the Director of Marketing via email or 406.992.2652.

    The use of tobacco (including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, smokeless tobacco, and all other tobacco products) is prohibited on all properties owned or leased by Montana State University.

    Museum of the Rockies is on the Montana State University campus so this policy includes our buildings, grounds, and parking lots.

    • Strollers / Double strollers
    • Cameras
    • Mobility aids (wheelchairs, canes, walkers, etc.)
    • Service animals (not pets or emotional support animals)

    • Firearms / ammunition
    • Knives (including pen, pocket or "Swiss Army"-style knives)
    • Aerosol cans (including pepper spray and Mace)
    • Pets and emotional support animals (except service animals)
    • Tripods
    • Monopods
    • Selfie sticks
    • Backpacks / Large bags / Daypacks
    • Luggage
    • Cigarettes or E-cigarettes
    • Skateboards / scooters

    Visitation policies at MOR are designed to protect visitors and staff as well as secure and preserve the collections, facilities, and historic buildings entrusted to MOR care. While on the museum premises, No visitor shall:

    • Carry firearms, other dangerous or deadly weapons, or explosives, either openly or concealed on the premises. The prohibition on firearms applies to all visitors, including those with firearm permits, but not to active law enforcement personnel authorized to carry firearms. Note: Kirpans (ceremonial knives) are religious articles of faith often worn by Sikhs. These knives are permitted in the museums as long as the blades are 4 inches or less in length, consistent with Montana and Federal laws.
    • Display or carry placards, signs, or banners
    • Destroy, damage, or remove property
    • Climb upon any part of a building
    • Use loud, abusive, or otherwise improper language
    • Loiter, sleep, or participate in unwarranted assemblies
    • Create any hazard to persons or things
    • Perform obscene or indecent acts
    • Engage in disorderly conduct
    • Use, possess, or sell illegal drugs
    • Bring dogs or other animals, other than service animals
    • Take photographs for advertising or any other commercial purpose
    • Solicit for commercial or charitable purposes or distribute advertisements, pamphlets, handbills, and flyers.
    • Injure or disturb any exhibit or research animal by any means except to secure personal safety
    • Pet, attempt to pet, handle, move, or remove exhibit or research animals
    • Feed exhibit animals, except in strict accordance with authorized signs
    • Catch, attempt to catch, trap, remove or kill any free-roaming animals inhabiting the premises
    • Go over, under, between, or otherwise cross any guardrail, fence, moat, wall, or any other safety barrier
    • Seat, stand, or hold children over any safety barrier
    • Throw or toss rocks, or any other missiles into, from, or while on the premises
    • Engage in ball games, or any athletic activity, except in places as may be officially designated for such purposes
    • Smoke or carry lighted cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, or pipes into MOR building, or to have a fire of any kind on the premises
    • Damage, deface, pick, or remove any herb, shrub, bush, tree, or turf, or portion thereof

    The Education section of this website contains all of the information needed to plan for your school field trip.

    Volunteers can dedicate their time to many areas at Museum of the Rockies. They are continually learning new skills and taking on new experiences and challenges. Maybe some of the tasks shown below will catch your eye and interest! Use this link to learn more and apply.

    Due to temporarily limited resources, the museum is unable to consider future facility rental requests. As soon as this changes, we will be happy to consider your request, however, we are unable to maintain a waitlist. Please check the Facility Rental page on this website periodically as it will be updated as soon as possible. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.