3425 Dore Lane
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: (406) 543-5883
Fax: (406) 543-5883
"The mission of the Montana Natural History Center is to promote and cultivate the appreciation, understanding and stewardship of nature through education."
In this hectic age of computer-created diversions, it is truly refreshing, and even somewhat calming, to lay eyes upon an old-fashioned carousel. Located in Caras Park, this merry-go-round features 38 horses that were all individually hand-carved and painted by local artists. The detail is stunning, not surprising because each horse on average, took 800 hours to carve and paint. The accompanying Stinson Band Organ, with its 400 pipes, ranks as the largest carousel organ in the country. A three-and-a-half minute ride costs a mere 50 cents. A gift shop is on-site.
Spread over 2,197,966 acres (889,485 hectares) of land, the Lolo National Forest is an area that features wilderness sites, creeks, etc. Comprising of a number of species of plants and animals, this land is a great wildlife habitat, and a ranch land. One can enjoy the natural landscape of this place along with the beauties of the surrounding.
One of the most popular breweries in the country, the Big Sky Brewing Co. boasts an impressively wide reach in the western and central part of the United States. Started by a group of friends, the brewery was established in response to a need felt for an ale brewery. Since it opened in 1995, the brewery has earned a reputation for churning out some of the best ales in the country, and their beers like the Moose Drool, Scape Goat, Trout Slayer Ale, and Summer Honey have become quite popular. For more information, do check the website.
The visitor's center at the Ninemile Remount Depot organizes regular firefighting classes and sessions. The depot is a registered landmark in the National Register of Historic Places.