Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Hours and Visitation Policies

Museum and Museum Store

Through Sept. 19 | Daily*, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sept. 20 – Spring 2022 | Daily*, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

*The museum is open year-round except for five days. We will be closed on September 16 & 17, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. The museum will close early on Christmas Eve Day. Days that the museum is open and our hours of operation are subject to change throughout the year.

Most guests spend up to four hours at the museum. We welcome you to stay longer as there are many exhibition halls to explore.

Walk-in visitors and members are welcome.

Although not required, please feel free to make a general admission reservation. All reservations are non-refundable.

Visitation Policies

For the health and safety of our members, staff, and visitors:

  • Please maintain social distancing when possible.
  • Please use the numerous hand sanitizer stations located throughout the museum.
  • Please leave a seat between you and another group in the Taylor Planetarium.
  • Explore Yellowstone in the Martin Children's Discovery Center is available on weekdays at certain times. Learn more before you visit by reading the Explore Yellowstone page.
  • If you do not feel well on the day of your planned visit, please stay home. If you have purchased tickets, please call 406.994.2251 extension 2 to reschedule your visit.

As of May 14, 2021, wearing a face mask is not required and many of the COVID-19 safety protocols and business restrictions have been suspended. Individuals who would like to wear a face mask are welcome to continue doing so voluntarily.

Summer at a Glance

As the museum continues to resume and reimagine our public programming, we are happy to share that you have numerous ways to enhance your visit to MOR. All exhibitions, planetarium shows, and docent engagements are included with admission. 

In addition to the museum's primary exhibitions, enjoy The Vikings Begin, a limited engagement exhibit from Gustavianum Uppsala University Museum.

This exhibit will be at MOR May 29 – Sept. 15 and Sept. 18 – 26, 2021.

Journey through the universe via Digistar 4K digital projection on a 40-foot dome. The planetarium seats on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the doors opening for seating 10 minutes before the scheduled showtimes. Learn more about the planetarium and the shows and showtimes.

Discover a homestead typical of those found in southwestern Montana circa the 1890s via the seasonal, outdoor Living History Farm. Engage with skilled, costumed interpreters as they go about their day-to-day chores in and around the Tinsley House.

May 29 – August 31
Monday – Saturday | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday | Noon – 4 p.m.

Explore Yellowstone in the Martin Children’s Discovery Center welcomes you for weekday visitation times and with a 30-person (adult + child) room capacity limit.

  • Reservations are not required or offered.
  • Adults and children may come and go during these two, weekday sessions while maintaining a 30-person (adult + child) room capacity limit.

Weekdays beginning June 14*
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
*Explore Yellowstone will be closed on the weekends, June 24 – 25, July 5, July 19 – 23, and Sept. 16 – 17.

Chat with a skilled exhibit host while you experience The Vikings Begin exhibit. Our knowledgeable docents look forward to engaging with visitors of all ages and helping them gain a deeper understanding of the Viking culture.

June 10 – Sept. 12 and Sept. 18 – 19
Thursday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Schedules may vary due to volunteer availability.
This engagement will replace the popular docent-led tours this summer.

Our engaging education experts will be available in our dinosaur and history halls to share their knowledge of the exhibits and artifacts with you.

June 17 – Sept. 12 and Sept. 18 – 19
Thursday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Schedules may vary due to volunteer availability.
This engagement will replace the popular docent-led tours this summer.

Admission

Museum of the Rockies admission provides unlimited access to the museum for one day. All exhibits and planetarium shows are included in the price of admission.

The museum accepts cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. 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. Admission reservation tickets are non-refundable.

Museum Discounts

  • 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.
  • We offer a 10% AAA discount with a valid AAA membership card.
  • We offer a 10% discount for Active Military personnel with valid ID.

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

Free

Members


Free

Child (Under age 5)


$9.50

Youth (Age 5 – 17)


$10

Montana State University Student, Staff, Faculty, and Alumni (with valid ID)


$13.50

Senior (Age 65+)


$14.50

Adult (Age 18 – 64)


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 $40, 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 W. Kagy Blvd., Bozeman, 59717, Gallatin County, Montana, United States of America

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.

Trained service animals are welcome in the museum while wearing the appropriate service animal vest or identifier.

Pets are not permitted in the museum.

Emotional support animals are not permitted in the museum.

Many photos used in this website were taken prior to MOR’s mask-wearing policy and should not be viewed as a change to this policy.

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 code 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.
  • 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 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.