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Old Trail Museum | Choteau, Montana


North America’s original transcontinental highway, the Old North Trail is said by some to be the pathway used by migrants from Siberia to populate the Americas. Known for certain is the trail’s use for millennia by native peoples moving north or south along the Rocky Mountain Front.

The Old Trail Museum is a great place to visit to understand what the area was like 65 million years ago. Besides the fabulous dinosaur exhibits, the Old Trail Museum features the history of the Rocky Mountain Front, famous authors and outfitters, grizzly bears, a sheep-herders wagon, Indian artifacts and the history of the Metis people.

Sheepherder's Wagon at the Old Trail Museum – Dave Wedum

Driving Directions from Nearest Town or Landmark

The Old Trail Museum is located at 823 North Main Ave in Choteau, 50 miles northwest of Great Falls.

Located at the north end of Choteau, on US Highway 89, the non-profit museum reflects the rich natural and cultural history of Montana's pristine Rocky Mountain Front region. Explore fossils, dinosaurs, Native American artifacts, grizzly bears, and the diverse and colorful local history. Other exhibits include A.B. Guthrie, Jr., Old Agency on the Teton, Jesse Gleason's art studio and the Metis people. Don't miss 'Dinosaurs of the Two Medicine,' the Old Trail Museum's new paleontology gallery! After touring the museum enjoy a cold treat from the ice cream parlor. There are shaded picnic tables for your convenience.

Historical Time Period for Site

From the time when dinosaurs were the chief occupants to the present


9:00 - 5:00

Open Months

The Old Trail Museum is open everyday from Memorial Day to Labor Day