Granite County Museum & Cultural Center

Granite County Museum & Cultural Center

135 South Sansome Street,Philipsburg 59858,Butte Area

Map Location

Things to SeeCultural AttractionsMuseums
General info

This museum focuses on the mining legacy of the surrounding area. Upstairs in the museum, view the revolving historical exhibits, including archival photos, clothing, and artifacts from Granite County.

Downstairs, experience a miner’s daily life. You’ll begin your tour here by viewing a mural depicting the above-ground activities of actual miners of the area. View an authentic assay office with all of its equipment, then enter a bank, complete with a coin collection found beneath old floorboards of a miner’s cabin.

Next, step into the world of the miner’s cabin—a completely furnished cabin has been reconstructed to depict the bare necessities the miner would have required at the end of his exhausting workday.

Explore a mining adit and tunnel. You’ll feel yourself in the miner’s well-worn boots as you experience the lighting and special effects of this mining experience. You’ll see what a real vein would have looked like lit by the soft glow of the miner’s candle. When you exit, you’ll be greeted by a 1,200-cubic-foot compressor and learn how it worked, as well as a display of mining tools, an ore car with its own design blueprint, and much more.

Also on display is an extensive mineral collection including the Bielenberg Sapphire Collection. Other exhibits include Indian artifacts, a pewter saddlebag altar used by the circuit-riding priest, period clothing, and artifacts from early ranchers and blacksmiths.

The museum is open from mid-May through October daily.

Admission $5, Children 12 and under are free

GMT -07:00
Opening hours
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
12:00 PM - 04:00 PM
The museum is open from mid-May through October daily.

About Us

Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive information site for the state of Montana. We welcome public input and comments.


1627 W. Main #447
Bozeman, MT 59715

Contact Us

Created with love by New Times Media Corporation

We're New Times Media - a friendly and fun group of people. At New Times Media we love to share anything and everything we know about the great state of Montana, so we created this site to make learning about our state as easy as possible. Our site is free to use and has the simplest possible user interface.

Privacy policy:

We use Google Analytics for site usage analytics. Your IP address is saved on our web server, but it's not associated with any personally identifiable information. We want you to enjoy and benefit from our site without worrying about who is tracking you (OK, so Google might track you, but that’s not us!)

Terms of service: the legal stuff

By using our site you agree to our Terms of service. TLDR: You don't need an account to use our site. Our site is free of charge and you can use it as much as you want. You need an account if you wish to list your business or control your business information. You can't do illegal or shady things with a business listing on our site. We may block your access to your page(s), if we find out you're doing something bad. Share anything you see, but don’t use our stuff for your own use without permission from us. We’re not liable for your actions and we offer no warranty. We may revise our terms at any time.